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Friday, 17 August

23:13

Earliest known original colour film of London - taken in 1924 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beautiful, evocative and moving: This is the earliest known original colour film of London, taken in 1924 - only 5 years after Armistice. pic.twitter.com/En0GGNKNZL BabelColour (@StuartHumphryes) August 16, 2018

22:49

Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church should be charged with pedophile protection crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Please listen to Johnny Cash singing Gods gonna cut you down.

 

Brian: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes.

Pastor Brian Houston Head Pastor of Hillsong mega-church: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

22:36

MyHealth: everybody should be in "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE furore in the past fortnight over whether MyHealth should be opt-in or opt-out misses the point. Once the security concerns are fixed, there should be no opt at all. Everyone who uses Medicare or the PBS should be in MyHealth whether they like it or not.

Australia seems to be increasingly infected with the US contagion of an instinctive distrust of government so strong that people believe everything government does is bad and that no government would be better than any government.

It is a very destructive position.

Data, kept by government or in the private sector, is more often a friend than a foe.

Yes, it can be misused. But the answer is not to block its collection and distribution, but to make sure its collection and dissemination are secure.

The advantage of MyHealth most often cited is that it provides accurate details about individual patients to health providers thus preventing, for example, the administration of drugs to which the patient is allergic, or administering incompatible drugs or other treatment that might clash with the patients past treatment.

But the value of MyHealth could be much greater. With modern computing power the data could reveal astonishingly useful stuff things like cancer clusters, the effectiveness of drugs, and geographic prevalence of disease. Even drug incompatibilities or bad side effects could be detected well before case-by-case events bleep on the radar.

Stripped of individual identification the raw data of every interaction between people and the health system would reveal correlations, possible causations, trends, and lines of further inquiry that could lead to better treatments and avoidance of bad ones.

However, if people are allowed to opt out or fail to opt in, the database would become biased. In particular, socially disconnected and disadvantaged people are unlikely to opt in, and careful, fretful people would opt out. The remaining database would then not be reflective of the whole population.

If anything MyHealth is not comprehensive enough. A lot of the record relies on the patient manually inputting events and treatments.

It should be more automated. Virtually every health transaction goes into a computer somewhere, so it should not be too difficult to have them all automatically transmitted to each patients MyHealth account.

The Australian Taxation Office does it using the same MyGov portal as MyHealth.

The ATO automatically gathers wage and salary information, interest payments from financ...

18:13

Why I Believe This Situation With My Dogs Is a Set Up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was the anonymous complaint made against my dogs:

Yet the Sherriffs dept told me they had never recieved even ONE complaint about my dogs. EVER.

I dont leave my windows open when I am not here due to the break ins I have had. And I dont let them obsessively bark when I AM here. And this complaint was obviously done in August- and since I have had my air conditioner running all summer- logic would dictate that my windows arent open.

I am NOT saying my dogs dont bark. They are dogs and dogs bark- but since my neighbors have all said they rarely hear them- and I live on a dead end street DIRECTLY beside the highway- this anonymous complaint is a lie.

My dogs are NEVER outside without me as someone has tried to poison them twice. The first time was directly preceeded from an email from Doug Mesner who claimed he could do to my dogs whatever he wanted. The Sheriff HAS that email.

And I wont let them bark outside as I usher them in immediately if they do, as they are never outside without me.

In Earling dogs run all over town freely. Mine never have- as I had a 5 ft chain link fence built the day after I moved here.

And as far as problems with other dogs in town- one of the city councils dog bit his neighbors dog, which required stitches.

And the next door neighbor to the city manager- their dog has bit TWO PEOPLE.

Did they loose their dogs? NO- they didnt.

Mine are incredibly loving and gentle- as my neighbors said in their letters. And quiet and well maintained.

And this city attorney- who the Des Moines Register had QUITE the write up about in their watch dog report- has never met me NOR my dogs. But the city manager has- DOZENS of times. She knows EXACTLY what they are like- and what I am like with them.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/readers-watchdog/2015/02/13/readers-watchdog-avoca-fichter/23389525/

There is a nefarious reason behind all of this. The secrecy surrounding it- not letting me speak at the city council (although the entire town knows all about it- probably because many read my blog and the whole town ta...

17:31

Landmark Monsanto payout over possible Roundup cancer link divides Australian farmers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tralee Snape (above) believes her non-Hodgkins lymphoma was caused by the chemical glyphosate. (ABC Rural: Josh Becker) When a San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289.2 million to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, currently dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma due to his use of Roundup, it worried some Australian farmers but relieved others. Because a growing number of them want a []

The post Landmark Monsanto payout over possible Roundup cancer link divides Australian farmers appeared first on Health Nut News.

15:23

#TimeToBackHome Flash-mob: Syria is Waiting for Its Citizens to Come Back "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently, Syrian activists have launched an incredible campaign, called #TimeToBackHome. Users, among them popular bloggers, local politicians, analysts, and experts, are posting the image tagged #TimeToBackHome on their social media accounts. Those first who supported #TimeToBackHome flash-mob were an independent Australian political economist and writer, internationalist and academic, member of Hands Off Syria, Tim Anderson, []

14:53

Age Of Debauchery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Join Adam for the crazz files podcast to discuss & break down the system around us.
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14:07

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as

13:53

Fighting Police Corruption: An Interview With Justice Advocate Renee Eaves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland police corruption was sparked by media reports linking police officers to illegal activities. Tabling its report in 1989, the inquirys findings led to an overhaul of policing practices and the prosecution a former police commissioner and four ministers. Key recommendations made by the inquiry were that an independent oversight body

The post Fighting Police Corruption: An Interview With Justice Advocate Renee Eaves appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:21

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who dreamed of working for firm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who

An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apples internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apples systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parents home in Melbournes suburbs.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

13:17

Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The first land selectors did not arrive on the river until 1863 and because of navigational restrictions Fernmount became the principal village. However, Boat Harbour as Bellingen was first known, was selected as the site of the first court house and lockup, and shortly after the village site was proclaimed as Bellingen in October 1870.

Source: Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

13:16

JD.com Rolls Out Blockchain Platform With Its First App "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com has launched a blockable maintenance platform alongside its first application one which digitally monitors corporate bills for among the biggest publicly traded insurers in China. Based on a release on Friday, JD.com said the application moves bill information for Pacific Insurance on a dispersed network at every step of the issuance cycle, automating the process and making it visible to all participants. Invoices, or even commonly referred to like Fapiao in China, play an essential part among businesses in the nation both as a benchmark for book keeping and for taxation purposes. The target of the application, as clarified by the ecommerce giant, would be to increase issuance efficiency and also to streamline the accounting process by maintaining the bill data updated on a dispersed ledger.

The application comes as the primary use case for JD.coms Blockchain Open Platform that was also declared today. The blockchain-as-a service merchandise rolled out months after the company announced its plan for the project in Apr was designed to help companies wishing to develop their very own blockchain applications, including those for monitoring supply chain info, charity donations, certification authentication and property assessment. JD.com has announced several blockchain trial applications within its own company divisions. In Mar, the company partnered with an Australian beef producer to track the distribution chain info import beef on its platform utilizing blockchain technology.

CoinDesk reported in June the JDs financial services arm planned to issue its asset backed securities on a blockchain in partnership with a local bank and a brokerage firm. JD.com image via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the greatest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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12:58

Silver stackers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Silver lining

One for the contrarians and bottom pickers.

The silver price has now fallen for a 10th consecutive week.

That's the precious metal's worst ever run.


Not much joy to be seen here over 10 years.

12:10

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Weekend reads

All neatly summarised for you here at Property Update.


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Have a great weekend all!

11:49

Clerical child abuse in Pennsylvania, USA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 15 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Bombshell Report Exposes Catholic Priest Pedophile Ring

Will these victims ever receive justice? Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

Pennsylvania grand jury report spanning over 1,300 pages was released on Tuesday, detailing various sexual abuses that occurred in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including one instance in which a priest received a letter of reference for a job at Walt Disney World after he quit following abuse claims.

The report included abuse charges against Father Edward George Ganster, who began his career with the church in 1971 as an assistant pastor at the Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2002, a victim who was then age 37 contacted the diocese and said that when he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Joseph in Frackville, Pennsylvania, Ganster fondled and groped him. On one occasion, Ganster dragged the boy across a living room floor, pulling him by the underwear. Ganster also beat the victim repeatedly, once using a metal cross, the report states. The abuse at the hands of Ganster lasted for over one-and-a-half years and all happened in St. Josephs Rectory.

Read more here.

This 16 August 201...

11:29

The Bridge from Milson's Point "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Blue sky after another afternoon on Milsons Pt station platform. Everyone who came along was really friendly, like Andy who took a photo of me and the painting and his son Jordan. Even the security guard on the cycletrack on the bridge asked for a look as I was leaving


 

A painting I started today at Milson's Pt station and hopefully can return without controversy to complete. The attendant saw me get off the train with my canvas and all she said was to stay within the yellow lines as I headed to the end of the platform to set up where I'm out of the way, and the view is spectacular.

Luckily I'd managed to get a composition going an hour or so later when some kind of railways authority/security figure showed up and seemed
annoyed I was painting without being moved on.After a bit a lady came down(I think she'd been asked to), the current attendant, saying she was worried I'd make a mess(I hadn't/didn't), or get in way, or drivers might think I was about to commit suicide by...

10:34

Tropical Fruits Announces Lineup For 30th Anniversary New Years Eve Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits have unveiled the lineup for their special 30th anniversary New Years Eve festival this December. The festival is a four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in the city of Lismore in northern New South Wales, the shimmering heart of the Rainbow Region on the land of the Bundjalung people. Tropical Fruits chair ...

The post Tropical Fruits Announces Lineup For 30th Anniversary New Years Eve Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:15

This week in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Abrupt thaw of permafrost beneath Arctic lakes is irreversible could accelerate climate change. Climate change is starting to pack an economic punch.

Nothing dramatically new in the nuclear news. Nuclear waste problems are still intractable around the world, while governments continue to promote new nuclear in what looks like a sad act of religious faith.

AUSTRALIA

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health. BBC wants to place cameras in apartments opposite Julian Assanges refuge at Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to U.S. Senate.

CLIMATE.  Climate change is increasing Australias heat and drought.   At least 75 bushfires raging across New South Wales and Queensland. But hey!...

09:04

Sustainable House open day Sept 16 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Got a sustainable home you would like to show visitors so they can learn from your experiences?

Eco-home owners are being sought for Sustainable House open day, to be held Sunday September 16 across the northern rivers.

Co-ordinator Andia Cally says, We are proud to provide ongoing support to an event that inspires and educates local residents and has a tangible impact in helping them see firsthand how they can make their homes more sustainable, fit for climate, comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.

Sustainable House Day is a national event that has been running for more than a decade and has seen the majority of visitors taking steps to live more sustainably as a result of their experience.

To get involved visit www.sustainablehouseday.com/submit-your-house/.

The post Sustainable House open day Sept 16 appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 18-19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP):





2. The more funds that commercial banks have on account with the central bank the more they can lend out to customers.



...

07:26

Woman rescued from cliff at Cape Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A woman, believed to have been on a walking track at Cape Byron, became trapped about 10m from the top on Cape Byrons southern end above Tallows Beach this afternoon. She was hanging onto a rock ledge that was estimated to be around 45m above the water. Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association attended the incident.

Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association set up a up a roping line with one of a the members abseiling down to the female secured her was the was able to be pulled to the to of the cliff. The Westpac helicopter was able to carry out top cover until the rescue was completed,  said Barry Walton Community Liaison & Media Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The patient believed to have minimal injuries and was checked out by paramedics.

The post Woman rescued from cliff at Cape Byron appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:14

Rough roads and BasicsCards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All we knew about this new job on the remote cattle station we were heading to was that there was a general store, a few living quarters (for staff and stockmen), and two Indigenous communities just ten kilometres away. My friends comment was nave, possibly Surely they wont be racist, she said cheerfully, not if theyre all living together so closely.

06:18

Barngarla Aboriginal people win injunction to halt nuclear waste dump vote "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

South Australian Aboriginal group wins injunction to halt nuclear ballot http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-16/aboriginal-group-wins-injunction-to-halt-nuclear-ballot/10129292, By Claire Campbell  

06:16

Several federally-owned land parcels, including Woomera could be assessed as nuclear dump site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the Industry Department last year identified several federally-owned land parcels which met the suitability criteria to be assessed as possible waste dump sites
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Supreme Court orders temporary halt on vote to build nuclear waste facility near Kimba
Peter Jean, The Advertiser August 16, 2018
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/supreme-court-orders-temporary-halt-on-vote-to-build-nuclear-waste-facility-near-imba/news-story/05df593fd70326c541f931b7f3225d04
A COMMUNITY vote on whether a radioactive waste storage centre should be built near Kimba has been stalled by a Supreme Court injunction.

The court action comes as The Advertiser can reveal the Turnbull Government looked at federally-owned land parcels as possible alternatives to the three South Australian sites short-listed for a national radioactive waste management facility.

Residents in the Kimba and Hawker districts had been due to begin voting next week in ballots to determine whether they would be willing to accept a low-level radioactive waste dump.

But the Barngarla indigenous people argued the Kimba ballot was discriminatory because native-title holders who lived outside the municipal boundaries would be denied voting rights. An injunction was granted ahead of a hearing before the full court next week.

Two sites near Kimba and one near Hawker have been short-listed for...

06:10

Resources Minister Matt Canavan is deceptive in his statements about Low Level nuclear waste "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Greg Bannon, Quorn 16/08/2108

Senator Canavan introduces the concept of nuclear energy into the debate on radioactive waste storage, (The Advertiser, 15/08/2018) but refers only to low level waste.

He does not mention the long-lived intermediate level waste. In April, he announced that this would also be stored at the facility. His Department admits there are no plans for its disposal at this stage, only moving it from current temporary storage, to park it temporarily near Hawker or Kimba for several decades.

People in both communities, including the Traditional Owners have said No.

Nuclear power generation is another matter entirely. The Scarce Royal Commission into the nuclear fuel cycle rejected nuclear power generation two years ago. The Citizens Jury even rejected the Commissions recommendation to investigate storing nuclear waste in South Australia. The Senators Department vehemently denied any connection between their waste facility and the Scarce Commissions investigation. The Senators reference to nuclear energy seems strange timing.

05:39

Nuclear stooge Senator Matt Canavan deplores delay in decision on nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Note the Advertiser makes the mistake of saying its only for low level waste. 

Federal Industry Minister Matt Canavan says Australia cant have a serious debate about nuclear energy until a radioactive waste dump is built, Peter Jean, Senior Federal Political Reporter, The Advertiser, August 15, 2018   

AUSTRALIA cant have a mature debate about nuclear energy until a permanent home is built for low-level radioactive waste, federal Industry Minister Matt Canavan has declared.

Senator Canavan made the comments after lawyers for the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation launched legal action to try to prevent a community vote on radioactive waste going ahead in the Kimba district next week.

Kimba and Hawker district residents are scheduled to vote on whether theyd be willing to accept a low-level radioactive waste facility in their local areas.

A hearing on the Barngarla application to stop the Kimba vote will be heard in the Supreme Court today.

The Barngarla group argues that members who are native title holders in the Kimba District but dont live there should be permitted to vote on the waste dump proposal.

Senator Canavan sa...

05:35

Inadequate report from Senate Committee on selection process for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

05:32

We must not allow the federal Government to go ahead with this ill-advised nuclear waste dump plan for South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

South Australians reject proposed nuclear waste dump https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/south-australians-reject-proposed-nuclear-waste-dump, Pascal Cannarozzo, August 16, 2018  Issue 1192

A nuclear waste facility site is on the cards for South Australia. The federal government has whittled down its list of potential sites to two communities: Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, and Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.

But local populations, and the people of South Australia in general, have come out strongly against what they see as a natural disaster coming their way.

Local Indi...

05:30

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG files defamation proceedings against Fairfax "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good on you Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG for taking the fight up to the enemy again. Here are the Federal Court files for the various actions Ben's launched against various Fairfax companies. It can't be cheap - I hope he wins a motza. Name File Number File Title Application Filing...

05:28

Donald Trump now plans to turn space into a nuclear war zone "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Turning Space Into a War Zone  

The Trump administration is pushing hard on its scheme to create a Space Force.  Last week Vice President Pence, chairman of a newly reconstituted National Space Council, in a speech at the Pentagon declared: The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield.

Pence claimedfalsely: Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from the challenge.

Trump, who in June announced he was directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, following Pences address Thursday promptly tweeted: Space Force all the way!

At the same time, signaling that the Space Force drive will be used politically, the Trump campaign organization sent out an email asking supporters to choose between six Space Force logos that were depicted. President Trump wants a Space Forcea groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier, wrote Brad Parscale, campaign manager of Donald J. Trump for President, 2020. To celebrate P...

05:17

Nuclear waste clean-up workers at Fukushima are being exploited "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima: UN says cleanup workers in danger of exploitation https://www.dw.com/en/fukushima-un-says-cleanup-workers-in-danger-of-exploitation/a-45109476  UN human rights experts have said the workers, most of them migrants, risked exposure to radiation and coercion. They have called on Japan to protect the workers cleaning up the damaged nuclear power station.

Tens of thousands of cleanup workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station risk exploitation, UN human rights experts said in a statement on Thursday.

The three experts, who report to the UN Human Rights Council, warned that exposure to radiation remained a major risk for workers handling the cleanup of the plant.

Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum-seekers and people who are homeless, said the three: Baskut Tuncak, an expert on hazardous substances, Dainius Puras, an expert on health, and Urmila Bhoola, an expert on contemporary slavery.

We are deeply concerned about possible exploitation. The workers risk exposure to unhealthy levels of radiation not only because they work in places with high radiation but also because they work for longer hours than they should, Tuncak told DW after the statement was released.

They are not sufficiently trained, which exposes them to serious health risks. Also, most of them are economically vulnerable, who may not turn down the job despite hazardous working conditions, he said.

...

05:15

Tweed hospital site selection triggers questions in federal parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local federal MP Justine Elliot has put questions in writing in the federal parliament to the minister for agriculture concerning the NSW state governments decision to build a new hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands at Kingscliff.

After the Cudgen site was announced as the site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital in June 2017 significant community backlash lead to health infrastructure revisiting the selection criteria and extending time for consideration of alternative sites

As State Significant farmland the Cudgen Plateau is considered one of the most productive food bowls in northern NSW.

Ms Elliot has asked the minister (a) is he aware that the NSW government does not appear to be considering the concerns of local farmers and the community regarding the suitability of this site, (b) what action will he take to protect the site from rezoning for the proposed development (or any other development), (c) does the Australian government support this plan, (d) does any Commonwealth legislation exist to protect this land from development, (e) is he aware that the NSW government has rejected a planned, approved and shovel ready site for the hospital at Kings Forest in favour of the proposed Cudgen site, and (f) is he aware that the NSW Member for the electoral district of Tweed has been widely criticised for supporting the proposal to use Cudgen as the site for the hospital.

Political football

While Labor have thrown themselves behind the Kings Forest site this site does not come without issues including impacts on koala populations, flood levels that will require a significant amount of fill to bring the entire site above flood level and lack of local infrastructure.

Alternatively the Greens have been calling on the redevelopment of the current Tweed hospital site. This site also has constraints around site expansion and flood levels.

The post Tweed hospital site selection triggers questions in federal parliament appeared first on...

05:11

Concerns in Michigan about dangers of transporting nuclear wastes through this Sate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Request to ship nuclear material through Michigan draws concerns MLive News, By Brad Devereaux   bdeverea@mlive.com

05:09

Tsunami risks increase with climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate change sea level rises could increase risk for more devastating tsunamis worldwide https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/vt-ccs081418.php

Even minor sea-level rise, by as much as a foot, poses greater risks VIRGINIA TECH 16 Aug 18 

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech.

Even minor sea-level rise, by as much as a foot, poses greater risks of tsunamis for coastal communities worldwide.

The threat of rising sea levels to coastal cities and communities throughout the world is well known, but new findings show the likely increase of flooding farther inland from tsunamis following earthquakes. Think of the tsunami that devasted a portion of northern Japan after the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, causing a nuclear plant to melt down and spread radioactive contamination.

These findings are at the center of a new Science Advances study, headed by a multi-university team of scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University, and National Taiwan University, with critical support from Virginia Techs Robert Weiss, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, part of the College of Science.

Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today, Weiss said, adding that smaller tsunamis genera...

05:04

Youre Invited To Our Queer Art Exhibition During The Brisbane Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane in September. This years Pride Festival kicks off on September 8, and the Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...

The post Youre Invited To Our Queer Art Exhibition During The Brisbane Pride Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.

05:03

Signs of nuclear waste cask breakdown in less than 20 years! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Richards 17 Aug 18 The San Onofre transport/storage cask, was, and remain placed next to the ocean, in a high-risk area for a Tsunami.  In a state that has over 75% of the seismic activity in North America, within close proximity of the well-known earthquake fault line in California.

The citizens of Orange, & San Diego County along with Los Angeles were assured these casks were guaranteed for a hundred years.  As opposed to the many thousands of years needed in guarantee for future generations, yet there were and still are signs of cask breakdown in under twenty years.

Let that sink in, U N D E R  2 0  Y E A R S.

It was the typical, nuclear industry message when this plant was phased out as economically and environmentally unviable, demonstrating the nuclear energy experiment had failed:

Trust us, we know best, these casks are world best practice

What are the probabilities after over 70 years of using the same line of logic others in the Nuclear State have;

* that this industry has solved its spent nuclear fuel cask containment problem, or ever will?

Even without going into the long-term storage issues, of a final dump site, as a repository for the indefinite cost of backdoor waste, the IAEA acknowledges has no solution;  the whole concept of nuclear energy looks far more trouble, in terms of cost, wasted development and risk to life on earth be r...

04:59

University Of Western Australia Cancels Doctors Anti-Transgender Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A US academic who says transgender people are mentally ill and have a delusional disorder has had a speaking event at the University of Western Australia cancelled. The university announced it had cancelled the talk by controversial US pediatric professor Pediatric endocrinologist Quentin Van Meter, organised by the conservative Australian Family Association, on Friday. Van ...

The post University Of Western Australia Cancels Doctors Anti-Transgender Speech appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:59

Lack of clarity on South Australian nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dump clarity Letter to the Editor, The Advertiser, 17 August 2018
IT is little wonder that the Barngala group is using legal action on the Kimba and Hawker vote on nuclear waste.
The Federal minister misrepresents fully what is happening by telling us that it is a low-level waste dump, when it is also a dump to receive intermediate waste temporarily for 100 years.
We were told more than three years ago it was a low-level dump until the Government reluctantly admitted that it was about intermediate waste as well. The local federal MP has said it was about more money. Last month, the Government boosted the employment numbers from 15 to 45 and the money from $2 million to $31 million just before the vote due to start on Monday.
It is vital that we have the full truth on this issue.
BARRY WAKELIN, Kimba

04:57

San Onofre nuclear station described as a Fukushima waiting to happen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The San Onofre nuclear plant is a Fukushima waiting to happen http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-chapple-san-onofre-20180815-story.html, By STEVE CHAPPLE, AUG 15, 2018    Southern California Edison is keeping 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente.

04:49

A HYDROGEN INDUSTRY ON THE NATIONAL AGENDA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Hydrogen could be Australias next multibillion dollar export opportunity, according to a panel of energy, technology and policy leaders who presented their findings to the COAG Energy Council last week., 17 Aug 18 
Dr Alan Finkel, Chair of the Hydrogen Strategy Group and Australias Chief Scientist, said that hydrogens time has come.

Hydrogen produces only water vapour and heat when burned. When produced from water using renewable electricity, or from coal or methane combined with carbon capture and storage, its a close to zero-emissions fuel. With appropriate safeguards, its just as safe as natural gas, and just as convenient for consumers.

In Australia, we have all the necessary resources to make hydrogen at scale: wind, sun, coal, methane, carbon sequestration sites and expertise.

Its simply never been commercially viable. Now, the economics are changing.

Dr Finkel explained that the key developments were the falling costs for renewable energy and Japans commitment to be a long-term, large-scale customer for hydrogen produced through low-emissions methods.

Japan currently imports 94% of its energy in the form of fossil fuels. To reduce its emissions, government and industry have put ambitious hydrogen uptake targets at the heart of a comprehensive energy transition plan, Dr Finkel said.

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04:47

New Mexico State could still block Holtecs plan for nuclear waste dump, despite Federal govts powers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

State could block nuclear storage site near Carlsbad even if federally licensed, By Adrian C. Hedden / Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. (TNS), August 16th, 

State lawmakers maintained they will have a say in a proposed facility to store high-level nuclear waste near Carlsbad and Hobbs, despite an opinion issued by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas suggesting New Mexi...

04:43

NUCLEAR WASTE ROADMAP FOR AUSTRALIAS FUTURE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kim Mavromatis No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 16 Aug 18 

 Transporting Radioactive Nuclear Waste from all over Australia (upto 10,000 times more radioactive than uranium ore), thousands of kms several times a week thru Spencer Gulf cities, roads and ports (Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Augusta) and dumping it on farmland or floodplain in one of the most seismically active regions in Australia, is pure insanity.

25 million people will be effected as our national highways become Nuclear Waste superhighways and the fate of the whole nation is confined to just 600 people (living within 50km radius of the proposed sites) in Kimba and Hawker who will vote this month FOR or AGAINST a Nuclear Waste Dump in our backyard. When a Nuclear Waste accident happens (and it will happen), dont expect insurance companies to cover you for Nuclear Waste exposure. When is the next federal election?  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/?multi_permalinks=2495...

04:41

An end to 34-year saga:  Final stones laid at Aboriginal burial ground  at Moree Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aidan Wondracz , 14 Aug 18

The Aboriginal burial ground at Moree Cemetery now stands completed,
after the final stones were laid at the site on Tuesday.

I finally feel like its a job done. It has taken me nearly 34 years
to see this part of the cemetery come to fruition,
Aunty Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM said.

The sandstone blocks were placed at the foot of the Ngindi Baababili Tubbiabri sign,
followed with a carpet of pebbles. Aunty Noeline said
the sandstone matched the type of rocks at the Tranquility Area.

The laying of the stones closes off more than a three-decade saga,
during which time Aunty Noeline has sought to restore identities
to more than 200 previously unmarked Aboriginal grave sites.

Its a relief to know all are now resting in eternal sleep
and that people from the community can come and visit
their relatives at the final resting places, Aunty Noeline said.
www.moreechampion.com.au/story/5584734/final-stones-laid-at-aboriginal-portion-of-cemetery/

04:38

South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

South Autralia is likely to reach 80 per cent renewables by 2022 and the equivalent of 100 per cent renewables by 2025 as its major baseload gas fired power stations exit the market. The post South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator RenewEconomy

04:30

Nanette Star Hannah Gadsby Is Writing Her Memoir "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queer comedian Hannah Gadsby is following up the success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette with a memoir. The book will be titled Ten Steps to Nanette, according to Australian publisher Allen & Unwin, and the project is a memoir that follows the funny and sometimes dark events of the Australian comedians life leading up ...

The post Nanette Star Hannah Gadsby Is Writing Her Memoir appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:30

One Way Stocks Could Soar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

US stocks had a big session overnight. The Dow Jones had its best day since April.

All in all, the market looks bullish going into the second half of the year. And no wonder.

The earnings coming out are good. Management teams in the US are upbeat about the short-term outlook.

Retail sales especially have come in a lot stronger than expected as US consumers go shopping. Walmart says it saw the best quarterly sales growth in a decade.

US stocks can certainly rise from here, lifting the ASX with it.

Goodbye long-term bonds

Heres one reason why US stocks could be in for a lot more fun.

I came across an interesting market video this week. It pointed out that long-term bond prices are weakening relative to the US stock market.

You have to put this into a very long-term timeframe to get the point.

Imagine for a moment the typical US investor in the year 2000. Its highly likely their financial adviser gave them a portfolio that was half long-term bonds and half US stocks.

Over the last 20 years or so, it wasnt a bad way to go about investing. Both asset classes have done well.

But the main point is that when the US stock market dived, bond prices went up. This dragged down the overall risk and volatility of the portfolio.

But something notable happened with long-term bonds when the US stock market tanked in February. They went down too!

Something about the old relationship broke from the norm.

This is a relationship we need to carefully watch going forward. A lot of money could shift out or away from the bond market and head into US equites instead.

Big money in the market that needs fast returns

Its also interesting to note that the Wall Street Journal reported recently that US pension funds have a major problem: Their assets arent enough to cover future liabilities. They need growth of 78% to keep meeting their commitments.

One consequence of this is that theyve raised their percentage allocation to stocks. This is also pumping more money into the share market.

The pension funds are also allocating money to private equity and hedge funds. Bonds are losing appeal because yields are lacklustre.

This might be part of the dynamic that takes the share market to a top. Investors may be tempted to overreach.

Consider: Two of the biggest pension funds in the US are for Californian teachers and civil servants.

One of them is knowns as CalPERS. Theyre paying out huge sums ...

04:28

Tracking the Exchange Rate of my Trust "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the winter of New Delhi, the birds of prey drew imaginary circles below the smog; they wouldnt be seeing blue for a long time. The buildings that surrounded my hotel were hungover, power lines strewn over their stocky bodies like streamers at the end of a party. The horizon was heavy and vast, the streets siphoned activity from block to block with the incessant howling of horns and growling engines.

I never got truly acquainted with Indias capital, but the hotel bathroom and I were inseparable. They dont call it Delhi Belly for nothing. But much like toilet paper, the rupees in my money-belt were dwindling; it was time to step outside and find an ATM.

I must admit I was nervous: watching Indias Daughter wasnt the smartest move for getting pumped up to travel this part of the world. I had only just left the building when I encountered the familiar feeling of being followed. From my peripherals I spotted the rickshaw driver. He was barely crawling as he gestured to me with big waving hands.

Imagining cartoon dollar signs in place of his eyes, I changed my pace from dehydrated-and-fatigued to hurry-up-before-you-shit-your-pants. But the longer I ignored him, the more he persisted. This carried on for some time, until I realised that I had no idea where I was going.

It was in that moment the feeling seized my gut.

Get in the rickshaw, it told me.

My gut and I were on good speaking terms and it has proved me right before, so I did. I stepped in, shouting the word ATM like a tourist. When I confirmed that he had put the meter on, I settled into writing my own eulogy in the back seat. A minute later, he pulled up by an ATM around the corner, waiting patiently as I refuelled my wallet and faith in humanity.

The hotel in sight, I was touched by the fact he hadnt ripped me off, so prepared some extra notes as a tip. But when he pulled up by my hotel, he shook his head in refusal.

No money, he insisted.

Me, the classic foreigner, assumed that he didnt understand and continued to do the awkward take my money dance. It was useless. I ended up saying denyavada too many times (the word for thank-you in the wrong dialect) and left. I cant remember what he looks like now, but he taught me that not all strange men are advantageous.

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04:27

Aretha (1942 - 2018). Respect. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Universal Pictures originally didn't want #ArethaFranklin for "Blues Brothers." They wanted the band that sang "Car Wash." Aykroyd and Belushi said no.pic.twitter.com/dBMvHKx4ME Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) August 16, 2018

04:24

That 2009 AATIP letter from then US Senator Harry Reid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


KLAS TV

In a new story by George Knapp and Matt Adams, dated 28 June 2018, titled "I-Team exclusive: Nevada Senator fought to save secret UFO program," the authors reveal that they possess a copy of a 2009 document, sent by former Senator Harry Reid, to the Department of Defense, in which Senator "Reid made the case for protecting and expanding the project." I further quote from the story:

"The letter is not classified but a footnote says it is exempt from disclosure under FOIA because of what it contains...Only 14 people were copied, all of them with security clearances."

Black Vault

John Greenewald of the Black Vault website, mentioned this letter in his ongoing case file on the AATIP. In a section titled "The Official Line," John mentioned that he communicated with a Major Audricia Harris, at the US Department of Defense. One email to John from Major Harris contained the words:

"AATIP was funded in the July 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Bill (a Sen Harry Reid add). Its mandate, as outlined in a 2009 letter from Reid to DSD was to assess "far-term foreign advanced aerospace threats to United States..."

http://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/to-the-stars-academy-of-arts-science-tom-delonge-and-the-secret-dod-ufo-research-program/#

Roger Glassel
Swedish researcher Roger Glassel, also communicated with Major Harris. Her reply to him included the following:
...

04:13

Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Low-range drink driving is where a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.79 millilitres per 210 litres of breath. The maximum penalty when its the drivers first major traffic offence within 5 years is an automatic licence disqualification of 6 months which can be reduced

The post Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:06

Average weekly earnings figures - top earners are in the ACT which produces bugger all "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MEDIA RELEASE 16 August 2018 Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time) Low Average Earnings Growth Continues The average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults in Australia in May 2018 was $1,585.30, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. This was an increase of 1.0 per cent over the...

04:02

North coast shark net trail abandoned: triggers call for state-wide ban "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A ray caught in netting that is meant to deter sharks. (Sea Shepherd)

The third shark net trial for the five beaches across the north coast has been abandoned following the significant decline in support. During course of the two shark net trials, community support for nets halved, from 52 per cent to 26 per cent of Ballina residents.

The controversial shark nets were installed at Lighthouse, Sharpes and Shelly beaches at Ballina, as well as at Lennox Head and Evans Head over the summer of 2016 and 17. 

Ballinas Deputy Mayor Keith Williams, who has been leading the charge to rid Ballina of the dreaded nets for the last two years, is celebrating the news.

The final nail in the coffin was the news that the nets had killed twice as many dolphins as they had caught target sharks in the second trial, said Councillor Williams.

After that, even the staunchest supporters of nets realised that something was seriously wrong.

Up to 35 SMART drumlines will continue to be trialled daily, from Lennox Head to Evans Head, weather permitting, until mid2020 while trials of helicopter and drones for aerial surveillance, and VR4G listening stations would continue.

Two shark net trials have been conducted and while there were no shark attacks at netted beaches during both trials, a survey of the community found that the resulting bycatch of the trials was unacceptable, said Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin.

Minister can still install nets

While the trial has been suspended the NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair retains the  ability to deploy nets or iss...

03:07

Koala death incident brings calls for change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The last moments of the koalas life were captured in heartbreakingly-vivid detail.

In the early hours of August 30 last year, a sharp-eyed officer in the RMS control room at Grafton saw a small fuzzy shape on the live feed from the Pacific Highway at Ewingsdale.

Closer inspection revealed that an adult koala was lying in the right lane of the highway at the St Helena tunnel.

The controller and his colleagues activated the tunnels signs in a bid to close the right lane.

But it wasnt enough.

The driver of a prime mover from Lindsay Bros Plant and Equipment who either ignored or failed to see the signs, changed into the right lane and ran over the ailing animal, killing it instantly.

A volunteer from Friends of the Koala was just minutes away.

With documents obtained under freedom of information laws revealing the details of the incident for the first time, questions are being asked about the protocols and policies in place to protect wildlife in the Northern Rivers and beyond.

The Local Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, said there should have been a protocol in place on August 30 requiring the tunnel to be closed.

If there had been a horse or a cow on the motorway they would have closed the whole tunnel because it would have been a threat to human life, why couldnt they close it to protect the life of a native animal? Ms Smith said.

Yes it would have disrupted traffic for a while but I think most people would agree that thats reasonable in order to potentially save the life of a koala.

Ms Smith called on Roads and Maritime Services to reconsider its protocols when such incidents occurred.

I dont blame the people in the control room that morning, or even the driver because we dont actually know why he changed into the right lane.

I think the RMS needs to have a clear policy that if a native animal wanders onto the roadway in a tunnel like this steps should be taken to safely close the tunnel until the animal can be rescued.

According to the recently released documents, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage elected not to take any further....

03:07

Government Seeks Power to Intercept Phone Communications "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The best way to take control over a people and control them severely is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which

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02:37

Anna Von Reitz -- The Big Switch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Big Switch



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

So how did your nationality get combined with citizenship? A friend from Australia recently sent me a nicely summarized list of legislative acts from the 1920 through the late 60's, and what it very neatly summarizes is a fundamental change that happened in the 1940's and which has never been corrected.

At the beginning of the legislative history there were numerous "Nationality Acts" in the 1920's and 30's. Then, beginning in the 1940's all of these became "Nationality and Citizenship Acts". This is where your nationality got confused and "lumped together" with your political status as a "citizen" or not.

The organizations passing all these "Nationality and Citizenship Acts" were all functioning in Territorial jurisdictions, so it was no big leap for them to include "citizenship" presumptions with the topic of "nationality". For them, the two are synonymous.

If you live your life as a "resident" (temporary sojourner) in the "State of Wyoming" (a Territorial State of State) you are a federal "citizen" by definition, so that your nationality and citizenship are tied together.

If you live your life at home in Wyoming, you may or may not be a "citizen". It is entirely possible to live your entire life and never be employed by any "federally connected" employer and to never hold any office related to any federal corporation.

And that is the fundamental difference between "us" and "THEM".

We have no natural obligation to serve and obey the government. The government has a natural obligation to serve and obey us. Our nationality is not tied to any obligatory citizenship, but theirs is. And therein lies the rub and the misunderstanding.
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02:34

No earthquake recorded in New South Wales, Australia, despite reports of rumbling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Geoscience Australia spokesperson says there were no seismic events recorded for the area, despite residents reporting tremor-like activity on Tuesday, August 14. Around lunchtime residents from locations including the Camden Haven, Redbank, King Creek, Rosewood and Wauchope reported feeling their houses shake and some heard a loud rumble noise. A spokesperson from the Department of Defence said a single F/A-18 Hornet was conducting a navigational flight from RAAF Base Williamtown in the region on August 14. The spokesperson said the aircraft flew over during the lunchtime period. However the spokesperson said fast jets are authorised for supersonic flight no less than 37 kilometres (20 nautical miles) out to sea from the coastline.

02:33

Turnbull explains why his NEG will make electricity bills higher "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Piss off Paris. Here is the video you are looking for, gents! @rowandean @RossCameron4 #Outsiders @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/QKrKUEGNVn #BringBackAbbott (@TeamTAbbott) August 16, 2018

02:16

How Are We Going To Get Out of This Mess? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The hunt for pedophiles is now on. Let us hope they dont look the other way and neither must we

by Phil Hingston

There is a theory that Presidents Trump, Putin and Xi are possibly planning to resolve the horrendous situation the world finds itself in at the moment. Our present situation is thanks primarily to the scourge of Central Banking, which are ostensibly under the control of individual governments but more likely, covertly being controlled by a Cabal of the wealthiest people on the planet. Think Rothschilds, Rockefeller, the Vatican and the European Royal families. 

Professor Carrol Quigley gave us a clue back i...

01:45

Public land being sold under market value "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The sale of public land significantly under its market value in Woy Woy on the central coast by the NSW coalition government in 2015 has outraged the local community and led to questions about the ethics around the continuing sale of public land by the government.

Greens MP David Shoebridge has referred the sale of prime waterfront land in Woy Woy to ICAC saying the sale raises grave concerns about the integrity of the remainder of the $9 billion plus of public lands sales that have occurred under the NSW coalition government.

It is understood that the land sale was negotiated behind closed doors without going to market. Once the deal was done the proposed sale was only advertised in a distant newspaper in Batemans Bay, a five hour drive from the site, in breach of legal requirements under the Crown Lands Act.

The Act requires that the sale of public land is advertised either in a state wide newspaper or in a newspaper with prominent circulation in the area where the land is being sold said Mr Shoebridge.

This was prime waterfront land on the Central Coast, but its proposed sale was only notified in a small, regional newspaper based in Batemans Bay, said Mr Shoebridge.

The prime public waterfront land on the NSW Central Coast was sold in 2015 for just $38,000, significantly below its real value, and despite internal valuations suggesting a sale price should be at least $120,000.

According to the ABC residents started asking questions about the sale shortly after the development application was lodged for a four-story apartment block for seniors on the site which also includes the local bowling club and sits at the edge of the waterfront with a playground, bike track and walking path.

This governments multi-billion dollar fire sale of public land has robbed New South Wales residents of public assets and a fair return, said Mr Shoebridge.

From the outset this was a contentious proposal that has seen a much loved local bowling club being sold off for development. For many residents of the area to then be excluded from even basic notification is an added insult.

Firstly, this is clearly a gross underpayment for the site and secondly, it is a gross breach of notification requirements.

It is quite literally unbelievable that the only notice given by the coalition of the....

01:36

State refuses to reveal forced merger papers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

DESPITE a defeat in court last week, local communities will continue to pressure the Berejiklian Government to release secret cabinet documents used to claim cost savings from a forced merger of councils.

The post State refuses to reveal forced merger papers appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:30

WHAT HAPPENED IN AUSTRALIA? WITH LAUREN SOUTHERN (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHAT HAPPENED IN AUSTRALIA? WITH LAUREN SOUTHERN Video Britt Pettibone / Lauren Southern Video Source

The post WHAT HAPPENED IN AUSTRALIA? WITH LAUREN SOUTHERN (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

01:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/fBackground to the case

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01:19

Wollongbars future open for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wollongbar residents can now provide Ballina Council with feedback on their ideas for the future of their town and surrounding area. Ballina Shire Council has developed the draft Wollongbar Planning and Environmental Study and the draft Wollongbar Strategic Plan 2018 2038 and both will go on public exhibition between 22 August and 2 November 2018.

Ballina Shire Council consulted with Wollongbar residents in 2017 about the future of the local community and these two documents provide a framework to put those ideas, as interpreted by staff, into action.

It was great to see the Wollongbar community engage with the process during last years consultation period. They provided a number of ideas and comments that have helped inform the draft strategy for the future of Wollongbar until 2038, said Ballina Shire Councils acting manager strategic planning, Mr Klaus Kerzinger.

The study outcomes reinforce the retention of the rural separation between Wollongbar and Alstonville, particularly along Lismore Road, so that each township maintains a separate character and identity.

Also discussed are options related to maintaining a supply of conventional lots for home building, and an expansion of the Russellton Industrial Estate to help create local jobs.

Council is particularly interested in hearing from Wollongbar residents during the exhibition period. The community is encouraged to review the ideas and actions proposed and nominate additional ideas for Council to consider. Feedback can be provided through the online survey available on Councils website, or by letter and email.

The draft strategic planning documents can be viewed on Councils website at (search Wollongbar 2038), Councils Customer Service Centre or shire libraries.

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01:00

Cloud-Based Genesis Mining to Drop Lower Tier Bitcoin Contracts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As cryptocurrency mining profitability continues to suffer due to price decline, many cloud-mining services have been forced to cease operations. Today Genesis Mining announced they would be ending one of their bitcoin mining services.

Genesis Mining Drops Lowest Tier Bitcoin Contracts

Leading cloud-based cryptocurrency mining service Genesis Mining announced this morning via an official blog post that the firm would no longer be supporting its lowest tier Bitcoin mining contracts. The firm cited a combination of Bitcoins downtrend and a difficulty increase around April and May that reduced mining outputs.

Genesis Minings contracts include a clause that says if the cloud-mining contract returns less than it costs for Genesis to operate the service, the contact will move into a 60-day default grace period. During the grace period, if cryptocurrency prices dont improve to the point of profitability, the contract will be terminated.

Genesis Offering Users Upgrades to Five-Year Term Packages

Genesis wont be closing their doors entirely. The firm instead is offering users affected by the cessation of their lowest tier Bitcoin contracts a discounted upgrade to their new Radiant plans. Radiant tiers range from $285 for 1 TH/s to as much as $6,875 for 25 TH/s.

The discounted upgrade only applies to the cheapest Radiant Gold tier, bringing the total cost of the normally $285 plan, to a more affordable $180. However, the new Radiant contracts require a five-year term, which could deter signups given the uncertainty in the crypto market looking ahead five months, let alone five years.

Other Cloud-Mining Services Share the Same Fate

Its not just Genesis feeling the sting from the cryptocurrency bear market of 2018. Competitor HashFlare announced in July that they would be ending their SHA-256 Bitcoin mining contracts.

Days later, HashFlare announced via their Facebook that the services will be resumed and contracts would operate on....

00:44

Austria Rejects Afghan Asylum Seeker Because He Didnt Walk, Act or Dress Gay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Afghan teenager has had his asylum application rejected by an Austrian official who said he did not walk, act, or dress like a gay man. The 18-year-old is fleeing Afghanistan fearing persecution for his sexuality, Agence France-Presse reported. The way you walk, act or dress does not show even in the slightest that you ...

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00:14

Young Yazidi girl sees the Islamic State man who sold her into sex slavery in Germany "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is Ashwaq. She's a Yazidi girl from Kurdistan, who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2014. After her escape from the terror group, she fled to Germany. In 2016 and 2018 she saw the ISIS man who bought her for 100$ walking free in Germany. He even confronted her and...

00:14

FixedIt: Kicking a woman is not a food rampage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

News Mail reported on a man convicted on domestic violence charges who tried to argue that the charges were unfair because of gender bias.

Theres not enough reliable information in the article to make an informed decision about whether his claim has any basis. He says he called police earlier after similar activities from his female partner and no charges were laid. There was no police testimony described in the article and no mention of physical or verbal violence committed by the woman. If it wasnt mentioned because it didnt happen then they were not equivalent crimes.

As this article about an abuser going through mens behavioural change demonstrates, it is common for abusers to genuinely perceive themselves as victims. This doesnt mean they actually are victims.

Regardless of all this, he pleaded guilty to the charges. So it was not a food rampage. He tormented, verbally abused and kicked a woman. Then verbally abused her 12 year old son. He also threw food. Its is like reporting on a mustard-yellow sock wearing armed armed robber as a fashion criminal.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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00:10

Turnbull Government secures savage cutbacks to Australias marine sanctuaries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The cod hole at Julian Rocks, one of the most popular dive spots in the state. Photo Blue Bay Divers

The Turnbull government have halved the protection that was provided to Australias original network of marine parks set up in 2012. The marine parks were strongly supported by science and by Australians around the country when they were set up. 

The loss of protection is unequalled in Australian history. The total area removed from Australias marine sanctuary network is over 35 million hectares, an area twice the size of Victoria, equivalent to revoking every second national park on land.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) says the slashing of marine sanctuaries by the Turnbull government is a bad day for global marine conservation, as it represents the largest removal of environmental protection on Earth.

When it comes to slashing protection for our oceans, the Turnbull government is now the world champion, said Darren Kindleysides, CEO of the AMCS.

This is not an accolade of which Australians will be proud, particularly when our seas are under so much pressure from climate change, pollution and unsustainable fishing.

The cuts to marine icons around Australia are equivalent to removing every second national park on land, including one of our oldest sanctuaries at Lord Howe Island, a massive area off Ningaloo and the Kimberley, and worst hit the Coral Sea the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the last places on Earth where ocean giants still thrive.

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23:53

Arrest over Northern Rivers fire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been charged with deliberately lighting a fire near Casino in northern NSW.

Emergency services were called to a property on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam, about 65km west of Casino, about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 15 August), after reports of a fire.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) attended and extinguished the blaze that had spread to nearby bushland.

More than 12ha of bushland was burnt as a result.

Following inquiries by officers from Richmond Police District, a 52-year-old man was arrested this afternoon at a property at Tabulam.

He was taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread.

The man has been remanded to appear at Casino Local Court on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

The post Arrest over Northern Rivers fire  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:49

1) Indonesian police arrest 49 in attack, vandalising of Papuan dormitory "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Past human rights cases get little attention in Jokowi's speech

3) Infrastructure Development Unites Indonesia: Jokowi
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1) Indonesian police arrest 49 in attack, vandalising of Papuan dormitory
  

23:21

Yassmin Abdel still bitching about borders and her "place in the geopolitical order" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One trick show pony, Yassmin the professional victim. I love this bloke's comment! This girl is full of it. Here's the text of her column Im an Australian and have been so for as long as I can remember. Ive always considered myself Aussie, and proudly so with the...

23:20

Festival of the imagination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Take a walk on the wild side at the Ocean Shores Public School annual Festival of the Imagination

It is all happening in Ocean Shores on Saturday August 25 at the Ocean Shores Festival of the Imagination. The festival has evolved alongside the The Ocean Shore Art Expo that opens the night before. The is full of rides, side show stalls, creative workshops, market and artisan stalls as well as the inspiring Ocean Shores Art Expo.

Spaghetti Circus performs.

Festival goers will also get the chance to enjoy the performance and antics of the wonderful Spaghetti Circus on the day.

Imagine that you are about to enter another dimension, not only of sight and sound but of taste, touch and mind, a journey into the colourful and ambient surrounds of Ocean Shores, whose only boundaries are that of the imagination (Sorry bout that Rod Serling per The Twilight Zone, said one of the organisers.

The Festival runs rom 10am to 3pm at the Ocean Shores Public School in Shara Boulevard. There are raffles, entertainment, great food, cakes and coffee; there are people of all ages, there is fun, laughter, joy and frivolity.

The post Festival of the imagination appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:12

Female earnings playing catch-up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Female earnings up

Justin Smirk of Westpac recently furnished us with a great deep-dive podcast into employment trends in the excellent Business Insider Devils & Details podcast. 

Justin went into some depth to explain the recent shifts in the labour force by gender, with the economy failing to create great outcomes for many male employees, for a range of reasons. 

AWOTE growth for males improved just a little bit to +2.4 per cent over the year to May 2018, which was the best result in 3 years, the ABS reported yesterday. 

The result for total earnings growth for full time male was a little better too, at +2.6 per cent.


But still this was nowhere near as good a result as AWOTE growth for females, which picked up further to +3.4 per cent, which was the best result in two years. 


While females are....

23:10

Experts: Bitcoin Hashrate Increase Shows Investors are Happy in Long-Term "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The hashrate of the Bitcoin network, which represents the amount of computing power securing the blockchain, has continued to increase despite the 70 percent decline of BTC since January of this year. David Sapper, chief operating officer at Australia-based cryptocurrency exchange Blockbid, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the continuous rise in the hashrate

The post Experts: Bitcoin Hashrate Increase Shows Investors are Happy in Long-Term appeared first on CCN

23:09

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23:08

My Lawyer Sent Me THIS Article About Earlings Town Attorney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/readers-watchdog/2015/02/13/readers-watchdog-avoca-fichter/23389525/

So I am facing someone who many in Iowa think is corrupt. Yeah- this isnt a set up at all

Now I am beginning to understand why God put me in this situation. More darkness to expose.

Chances are Doug Mesner didnt have to work that hard to set this up.

Greed can get people to do terrible things.

23:05

Thank You Moreland Council "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A big shout out to Moreland council for their acquisition of creek side land on the Merri in line with their open space strategy.

A gift to current and future generations of creek lovers and to the creek itself!

A letter from the Mayor:

I am delighted to advise you that Council has just purchased the property at 2 Spry St. The property purchase will settle in 30 days and straight after this time we will be subdividing the house from the land (the house is a smaller parcel within area A) and opening up the remainder of the land to public use (see map below). We think this will be a wonderful addition for the community as it provides a much wider buffer to the creek protecting and enhancing the creek corridor, provide access from Spry St onto the creek and open up the land for public enjoyment. We will on-sell the house after it has been subdivided, provide pedestrian access from Spry St. and hold on to the majority of the land for public use. What a wonderful community asset this will be!

Thank you for highlighting this parcel to us and your interest in this land, we are delighted to be able to acquire it for our community.
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23:04

City and United tie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE mens Korumburra City v Warragul United match was almost abandoned due to the weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, with the game starting on one pitch and then moving to another.
The first half would see Korumburra finding the net twice off the boots of Hayden Smith and Jacob Beckwith, Warragul would tie the match up two all at the break managing to slot a couple past keeper George Decarlo.
In the second half, Korumburra had most of the play but couldnt get past the strong defensive line that Warragul held, likewise on the rebound, Korumburra held strong with super fast Peter Veltri covering the back line superbly, Rory Cull, Dave Newton and Corey Arnold playing solidly.
Thomas Sorrell had plenty of the ball well delivered through the midfield, Daniel Lloyd standing out with Hayden Smith continually moving the ball to Jacob Beckwith and Aiden Richards, Harry McNeil almost scoring on several occasions.
A late interchange would see youngster Riley Olden enter the game in the forward line and Jamie McNeil in the back line, a roll of the dice to try and score a critical win but it wasnt to be, a two-all draw the end result.
Finals are still within reach for Korumburra but a win would have taken the pressure off.

U12s mixed
By team manager Graham Beech
Korumburra under 12s played Phillip Island Team 2 at Phillip Island.
Korumburras defence was put under pressure right from the start and despite the efforts of Pat Morris in goal and the defenders Phillip Island scored regularly, especially rebounding off Korumburras gallant defending.
Phillip Island scoring five goals before Will Roberts for Korumburra finally scored at the 25-minute mark.
Phillip Island again scored to finish the half with a 6 to 1 lead.
The second half saw an improved performance by Korumburra with a number of missed opportunities.
Phillip Island put on another unanswered goal to end the game 7 to 1. Despite the score, Korumburra showed some promise.
Highlight of the game was Patrick Morris saving a penalty. Also pleasing was an improved performance from a newcomer to the game James Damon and a stellar performance in defence by Fern Hurst, who despite a leg injury ran down Phillip Island forwards consistently throughout the game.

Womens
Unfortunately, inclement weather would be the winner of this critical game possibly ending the hopes of Korumburra playing finals in 2018.
Under lights, steady rain flooding the Warragul pitch, Burras women were keen to play whilst Warraguls team were nowhere to be seen not even venturing out of the rooms.
The match referee, after consulting with both teams, coaching staff deemed the pitch too unsafe to play on and abandoned the game 15 minutes before kick-off.

U14 Mixed...

22:44

Victoria drives unemployment rate to the lowest since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unemployment rate at 5 year lows


As expected there was a bit of payback on total employment in July after an epic boost in June (and as the sample was rotated this month, with Westpac once again nailing their call...those guys are on fire at the moment). 

The composition was solid enough, though, with full time employment up by +19,300 in July, seasonally adjusted. 

The unemployment rate tumbled again - now down to 5.32 per cent - to sit at the lowest level in the 5 years since 2012. 

It'll be interesting to see how long they can keep pushing the 'record' mortgage stress storyline if this trend persists. 


The trend number of unemployed persons has been declining steadily since 2014 (note that the resident population of Australia has grown much larger over that time, too). 

Over the past year it's all been about Victoria, with the state making significant inroads into its unemployment challenges on the back of an enormous construction boom. 

The cusp of full employment beckons for Melbourne, helped along by demand from strong population growth, which is good to see. 

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22:15

Video: Weve ignored climate change for more than a century "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

It has been known for a long time, that putting CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will cause the temperature of the planet to rise. But humanity has been slow to act. Now is the time to make the difference.

Video by Hot Mess PBS

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Weve Ignored Climate Change For More Than a Century

Weve known about the greenhouse effect for nearly 200 years and about global warming for more than a century, but weve had a hard time acting because our brains arent a good match for a problem this big.

Posted by Hot Mess PBS on Thursday, April 19, 2018

The post Video: Weve ignored climate change for more than a century appeared first on The Pen.

21:08

Nauru 12-year-old Nauru boy at imminent risk of dying "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The following by  Ben Doherty (the Guardian 16 August 2018) tells of the disgraceful manner in which the Australian authorities are treating vulnerable children detained at in Nauru. Imagine how desperate a child must be to go on a hunger strike and be prepared to die. Other children are also facing a serious health risk. Australias reputation as a caring nation is being seriously tarnish. The cruelty must end.

A 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru for more than a fortnight is at imminent risk of dying, medical staff on the island say, but efforts to move him to hospital care in Australia have foundered.

He is one of several critical child cases on the island including a 14-year-old boy with muscle wastage so severe he may never walk normally again, and a two-year-old child whose parents are too unwell to care for him.

Staff on the island report a looming crisis in childrens health, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum next month, and the attendant international attention that will bring.

Everyone on the island knows how serious this is. We have been saying for months a child is going to die in these circumstances, an on-island official with knowledge of the medical situation told the Guardian. A child is going to die. Every day we get closer. Its never been so critical.

The 12-year-old boy has been held on Nauru with his mother, father and sister for nearly five years. The family, from Iran, have been recognised as refugees but were recently rejected for resettlement in the US. Almost all Iranian refugees have been rejected by America.

The boy has refused food and fluids for between eight and 15 days, medical sources on the island say. He is being sedated so he can be given fluids intravenously to keep him alive.

The situation is critical. They know about this in Canberra, but nothing is happening, another source on the island said.

There are several critical childrens health cases on the island currently.

Two children are expected to leave the island on Friday. One is an eight-year-old autistic boy who requires high-level care not available on Nauru and who has not been able to attend school.

His parents are both seriously unwell, in particular his mother, who has been catatonic, according to reports, for more than a year. Medical reports, running back more than a year, consistently request he be removed from the island with his family.

A 14-year-...

20:25

Whats Next for RCEP? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Progress on the agreement continues to be slow despite the growing urgency to complete it.

20:20

Earth's oldest rocks likely to have been created by meteorite bombardment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scientists have found that 4.02 billion year old silica-rich felsic rocks from the Acasta River, Canada-the oldest rock formation known on Earth-probably formed at high temperatures and at a surprisingly shallow depth of the planet's nascent crust. The high temperatures needed to melt the shallow crust were likely caused by a meteorite bombardment around half a billion years after the planet formed. This melted the iron-rich crust and formed the granites we see today. These results are presented for the first time at the Goldschmidt conference in Boston tomorrow (14 August), following publication in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Geoscience. The felsic rocks (rocks rich in silica/quartz) found at the Acasta River in Canada, are the Earth's oldest rocks, although there are older mineral crystals. Scientists have long known that the Acasta rocks are different to the majority of felsic rocks we see today, such as the granites widely used as a building or decorative material. Now a group of scientists from Australia and China have modelled the formation of the oldest Acasta felsic rocks and found that they could only have been formed at low pressures and very high temperatures.

19:30

ASX Head Says New DLT System Could Save Billions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Securities Exchange is looking to blockchain technology as a potential replacement for its clearing and settlement services.

18:52

New Zealand Bans Sale Of Homes To Foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A group calling itself the government of New Zealand has banned sales of homes to foreign nationals in an attempt to curb rising prices (archived). Under the measure, which exempts buyers of Australian and Singaporean nationality, foreigners would be restricted to purchasing apartments in large scale block developments.

In recent years New Zealand has seen substantial real estate demand from wealthy buyers from China and the US looking for a retreat from instability in larger Anglophone areas. With home ownership among adult New Zealanders floating around ~25 percent, this measure has the potential to deliver some serious pain to their rental market.

15:11

Australian State Government Bans TV News Channel from Train Stations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.

The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.

Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."


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14:01

Clerical child abuse survivor speaks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 14 August 2018 United States TV video says about itself:

Secret archives detailed priests child sex abuse and cover-ups, Pa. attorney general says

A scathing new grand jury report in Pennsylvania describes decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. At least 1,000 children were molested by more than 300 clergy, the panel found, which also claims a conspiracy of silence extended all the way to the Vatican. Judy Woodruff sits down with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Fr. Thomas Reese of Religion News Service.

THESE ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE PREDATOR PRIESTS A Pennsylvania grand jury has identified more than 300 alleged predator priests in six dioceses whose crimes for decades were locked away in secret church archives. Here are just some of the stories. [HuffPost]

Translated from Marlou van den Broek in the Netherlands today:

They abuse children, they abuse their power

Thousands of United States American children in Pennsylvania abused by 300 priests. All Chilean bishops offering their resignations because of abuse scandals. And the archbishop of Adelaide...

13:50

Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? from Wolf Street Banks are curtailing cash services. But why? By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. In Australia, banks are reducing ATMs by...

The post Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? appeared first on The Daily Coin.

12:52

Why is the corporate media actively covering up radical Islamic terrorism and pretending it doesnt exist? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By 

As the sham of political correctness spirals out of control, the corrupt mainstream media is now deliberately covering up radical Islamic terrorism. Over the last several weeks, multiple terror attacks have been carried out across Western nations yet reports on these tragic incidents have been few and far between. Nations affected by recent but unreported acts of terrorism include Canada, Australia and Sweden and in the United States, the growing threat from Antifa, a radical left-wing organization, is also widely ignored.

Writing for The Organic Prepper, Daisy Luther reports that multiple acts of terror are happening around the world, but that concerns about political correctness seem to be keeping the legacy media from actively reporting on the truth. [M]ainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are reluctant to report the stories without a pro-immigration bias, quietly glossing over the common thread in the attacks. Extremists with ties to Northern Africa seem to be waging a war, but you wont hear this from the media or the respective governments, she contends.

In some instances, the mainstream media is simply referring to these incidents as gang violence.

Wave of terrorism strikes the Western world

On July 23, 2018, two people were killed and another 13 were injured in a Toronto restaurant shooting. CBS Newsreported that that officials had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but that there was no indication it was a terrorist attack at the time. However, as Luther reports, it turns out that ISIS readily took credit for the attack, which was carried out by a man named Faisal Hussain. Hussains parents were Canadian citizens originally from Pakistan, though he himself was born in Canada. Hussain reportedly took his own life during a shootout with police.

A statement from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale d...

12:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Pass Through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to Townsville.


The Blackhawks flew up from the South with five of the six landing at Rockhampton Airport for fuel, while it is believed they all landed at Mackay Airport for additional fuel, before they all eventually continued to Townsville after the sun had gone down.

Three Blackhawks believed to be A25-211, A25-203 and A25-104 arrived first into Rocky then Mackay under the radio callsign "Phalanx", while the other three arrived singularly with A25-111 as "Kopis 75" and A25-101 as "Copis 74" popping into both Rocky and Mackay while A25-109 as "Kopis 76" headed straight for Mackay.




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12:21

If They are Dealing With Child Trafficking- How Is It Advocate Jenny Moore is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like so many others- another advocate trying to investigate this child trafficking mess is dead.

Jenny Moore was an ex policewoman who was found dead in her hotel room. She had been investigating child trafficking.

Her YouTube station was under the name Task Force and her are a couple of her videos:

People are talking about these tens of thousands of indictments that are SUPPOSED to happen- but all that is really occurring is that they are picking off survivors and survivors advocates one by one.

Trump, Q anon ( who is either a person or a group fighting child trafficking but in my opinion is nothing more than a psych ops campaign)- these are reported to be mankinds savior however- if this was true, why are we, (and I say we because I am a survivor AND an advocate), being attacked and murdered to such a large degree?

The leaders on this front that are being publicly promoted are all pretty much new- and established long time vocal survivors are being ignored.

Put simply- they are doing what they have historically ALWAYS done and are doing their best to contain and dismiss this child trafficking mess in order to make it fade away into oblivion.

And they are murdering people to do it. All the while people are cheering for things that are leading them- and ESP their children- right into the abyss.

I believe mankind is better than this. Hopefully I am not wrong.

12:17

Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 27 October 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article has had over 30,000 views.

 

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first p...

11:52

Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Full moon August 2018 astrology and spiritual meaning. The full moon this August falls on the 26th in the sign of Pisces 3.

The post Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

11:16

Cop shop wanted "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new police station at Leopold would help ease the burden on Ocean Grove and the Bellarine Peninsula according to Liberal candidate for Bellarine Brian McKiterick.

Mr McKiterick will push for the new station if successful at the upcoming state elections in November.

Im looking at policing around the whole of the Bellarine, he told the Voice.

Im strongly advocating for another station at Leopold and that would alleviate the pressure on Ocean Grove Police Station.

If the police are patrolling over in Leopold or Portarlington, theyre not here and criminals know the smaller stations dont have the manpower and arent open all the time.

Drysdale and Portarlington police stations currently operate on a limited opening schedule.

Mr McKiterick, has served as a police officer throughout Victoria for the past 40 years, said crime was an issue on the Bellarine.

I spoke to a lady in Queenscliff who heard some knocking on her door in the middle of the night and she went and hid in the bathroom and locked the bathroom door and stayed there all night in a panic, he said.

I said to her why didnt you ring the police? and she said I didnt think thered be any police available.

Having a police station in Leopold, knowing their response times are reduced and having a presence there would be a great benefit to this community.

Mr McKiterick moved to Ocean Grove a few months ago.

I love it, its a great spot, a great community and I cant wait until summer, he said.

The whole Bellarine you go to St Leonards or Point Lonsdale and you just think these are hidden treasures and probably the people getting on the buses from the ferries are missing out on some of the best parts of Victoria.

I think a lot of people dont realise how special it is.

Mr McKiterick said, if elected, he would campaign for greater infrastructure on the peninsula.

Weve only got one public secondary school on the whole of the Bellarine, he said.

Barwon Heads footy club are looking for change rooms and lighting at their second oval.

The lack of maintenance of roads is another issue.

 

The post Cop shop wanted appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

10:34

Alem's House ~ Ethiopian - Camperdown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Camperdown gets an Ethiopian Cafe. The lure of vegetarian dishes and injera pull us down Parramatta Rd to give it a burl. Alem's House is a bright space along busy old Parramatta Rd. Inside is a big multi coloured mural that fills up most of the main wall, like a bright 70s kids cartoon dream sequence. The setting inside is a handful of tables and chairs and seating along the big

10:01

1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) A doctoral graduate from Harvard presents a dissertation on Papua and colonialism
3) Papuans hold simulations rallies in Java and Bali protesting 'illegal' New York Agreement
4) Papuan dormitory in Surabaya attacked and vandalised, 49 arrested by police

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1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest
1:37 pm today 



09:35

Australian Governments national facial recognition regime needs to be overhauled "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Governments proposed new facial recognition surveillance scheme is dangerously broad and creates serious risks of undermining the rights of ordinary people going about their daily lives, the Human Rights Law Centre will tell the Parliamentary intelligence and security committee tomorrow morning in Canberra.

New laws proposed by the Department of Home Affairs would create a massive database of photos of millions of ordinary Australians, including children, from passports, state and territory drivers licences and more. A wide range of government agencies, and even local councils and private companies would be allowed access for identity matching purposes.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre said the scheme was badly flawed and needed an overhaul.

This database will contain photos of the vast majority of Australians. Our Government is proposing letting not only police, but government departments, local councils, transport authorities and even private companies access the database. The safeguards around the scheme are woefully inadequate to protect against the risks of abuse, said Mr de Kretser.

The proposed threshold for access to the database is far too low. As currently drafted, the laws would allow government agencies to use the database to prevent or detect low level offences, even parking infringements.

The use of facial recognition technology must be targeted to serious criminal offences. There must be safeguards to protect people participating in protest activities. There must be better transparency around the reliability of the technology. The proposed legislation must be amended to insert safeguards into the laws themselves, rather than leaving the rules to be worked out later by the Home Affairs Department and its Minister.

Frankly, these proposed laws are a poor reflection on the state our democracy. They highlight the need for Parliament to step up and reject proposals like this. They highlight the need for stronger human rights protections for Australians in law through a Charter of Human Rights, said Mr de Kretser.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission is available here.

For interviews please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: Mirko Tobias Schfer

07:54

Alleged serial sex offender behind bars after cold case breakthrough "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women and girls in Sydneys north west  over nearly 30 years is behind bars after being refused [more]

The post Alleged serial sex offender behind bars after cold case breakthrough appeared first on The Weekly Times.

07:42

Criminal racketeering charges laid against the CFMMEU and its ACT secretary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wonder how long these will stick? Criminal cartel charges laid against CFMMEU and its ACT branch secretary 16 August 2018 Criminal charges have been laid against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) and its ACT Divisional Branch Secretary, Jason OMara, in relation to alleged cartel conduct. The...

07:28

07:27

Thank you Richard Hawkins MG and Ian Reid MG for your gallantry in Vietnam. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Congratulations men on your gallantry and thank you for your service. on 15th December, 1970, Private Hawkins was the machine gunner of an ambush patrol in the vicinity of the Courtenay Rubber Estate, Phuoc Tuy Province. At 2100 hours the machine-gun group heard the movement of a group of approximately...

07:06

Local residents unload on telco trio "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias telecommunications giants are spending billions on technology and advertising but cant run a simple help desk, say local residents who attended a West Ryde Forum last week.

The post Local residents unload on telco trio appeared first on The Weekly Times.

06:50

Sanjeev Sabhlok: Fraser Annings ill-articulated concerns are a fight for Australias soul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking order of Indias governance system. But I had become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance system. It was time to get out.

To me Australia represented both a well-governed country and a country that had largely adopted the concepts of liberty and rule of law: concepts that underpin the idea of Western civilization, also known as liberalism.

I was fortunate to find a role as a public servant from the vantage point of which I found that Australias governance system is for the most part driven by good rational thinking and sensible economic analysis.

But I am also keenly aware of Australias rapid drift to the left. The foundations of liberty that attracted me to Australia are being rapidly eroded not so much by any blacks but by white leftists.

My concerns are similar in some way to those of Fraser Anning, but the confusions in his speech made the media lose the bigger picture the defence of Western civilisation that he was talking about. A careful review of Annings speech suggests that he was basically defending the foundational ethic of Australia as a Western liberal democracy.

He did not even remotely suggest that anyone be exterminated. All he suggested with regard to immigration was a plebiscite. If the media cant understand the difference between the two, then something has gone seriously wrong with basic English education in this country.

You can hear the echo of many of his ideas in the views of more sophisticated commentators like Paul Kelly who in his 11 August article in The Australian (Australia ignores its successful integration policies at its peril) raised many of the same issues that Anning pointed out, such as Central to this task is the unresolved story of Muslim integration.

This is now a major issue staring us in the face. I was alarmed when I recently discovered that a 23- year old woman visitor to Australia was forbidden by the Police from walking down the Haldon street in Lekemba suburb in Sydney because Muslims might be offended.

It is high time for all Australians to unite to defend its core foundations of liberty and democracy. That includes insisting that all faiths should be able to happily live here so long as no one threatens violence. The Police must defend peoples liberty to walk down a street. Anning is right to raise a real and very fundamental problem the impending loss of Australias soul.

I consider myself more Western (as a firm promoter of critical thinking and liberty) than most Australians. In fact, not many people are aware that the core ideas of liberty, tolerance and good economic policy first arose 2500 years ago i...

06:41

The Romantics return to Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ramon Ward-Thompson will be one of five outstanding local artists whose works will be on sale at the Hunters Hill Romantics Exhibition at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until September 9

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06:40

Position Vacant MARKET COORDINATOR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Northey Street City Farm  Permaculture in the Heart of Brisbane, Australia MARKET COORDINATOR POSITION DESCRIPTION Position:                      Market Coordinator Award:                         Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement permanent part time Hours:                         15 hours per week (The applicant will be required to work some Sundays) Pay rate:                      NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, []

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06:38

Inclusive Rainbow Formal To Return On The Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold another inclusive Rainbow Formal to bring together LGBTIQ students and their friends in November. All Queensland Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to come together for a night of music, entertainment, prizes and the all-important opportunity to socialise with each other. The Pride Network ...

The post Inclusive Rainbow Formal To Return On The Sunshine Coast appeared first on QNews Magazine.

06:27

What Is Remote Viewing? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What Is Remote Viewing And How Does It Work? Remote viewing or telesthesia. The term remote viewing was popularised by Stanford Research Insitute who conducted experiments and studies. And was later used by governments for over 20 years for the army Continued

The post What Is Remote Viewing? appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

06:17

Research pushes Egyptian mummification back 1500 years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ancient Egyptians were chemically embalming corpses some 1500 years earlier than previously thought, stunning new research has revealed. Using a range of investigatory techniques including chemical analysis, shotgun metagenomics, textile analysis and radiocarbon dating, a team led by Egyptologist Jana Jones from Macquarie University in Australia made the finding by examining "mummy S. 293" - the oldest preserved body held in the collection of the Turin museum in Italy. Textile dating revealed that the mummy - acquired by the museum in 1901 from a dealer - had been interred around 3600 CE. The date places the event some 1000 years before the invention of writing and around 2500 years before the peak of Egyptian mummification practice, at the height of the pharaonic era. Mummy S.93 was originally buried lying on his left side, curled in a foetal position, possibly clothed in a full-body shroud, and lain beneath a thin covering of earth. It was originally thought that the body's preservation had occurred through "natural mummification", in which the desiccating effects of sand and wind had prevented complete decomposition. Detailed analysis of chemical residues present on the corpse itself, its funerary coverings, or the grave goods assumed to have been part of the original burial assemblage had never been conducted.

05:25

OPINION: We Condemn Senator Fraser Anning But Celebrate Lady Cilento "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Queensland Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for, among other things, a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as garbage. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful. But Annings opinions are the same as those of a woman ...

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05:18

Australias Dirty Secret: Indigenous Youth Incarceration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim International human rights group Amnesty International is putting its global might behind a campaign to change one of Australias dirtiest secrets: that the vast majority of young people behind bars are Indigenous. The organisation points out that the detention of children, especially those under the age of 14, embeds

The post Australias Dirty Secret: Indigenous Youth Incarceration appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

05:16

Australian labour market weakens in July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest Labour Force, Australia, July 2018 today which show that the Australian labour market weakened in July 2018 and one is lead to think that the June 2018 improvement was an outlier after several months of poor results earlier in the year. It looks like the labour market has settled back into that weak pattern. Overall employment growth was negative but this was all down to the teenage segment, where there were substantial losses of part-time work. Unemployment fell marginally but only because the participation rate fell by 0.1 points, which meant that the labour force contracted by more than employment. Overall, my assessment is that the Australian labour market remains in an uncertain state, but is on the weak side, and, is still a considerable distance from full employment. There is room for some serious policy expansion at present.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for July 2018 are:

  • Employment decreased 3,900 (0.0 per cent) full-time employment increased 19,300 and part-time employment decreased 23,200.
  • Unemployment decreased 5,700 to 706,100 but only because participation fell.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased by less than 0.1 points to 5.3 per cent.
  • The participation rate decreased by 0.1 points to 65.5 per cent, which is still below its previous peak (December 2010) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 4 million hours (0.2 per cent).
  • The monthly estimates for July 2018 show that underemployment fell by 20.5 thousand and was estimated to be 8.4 per cent of the labour force. The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was rose to 13.62 per cent. There were 1,117.2 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,806.9 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth negative in July 2018

Employment growth was negative in July and returned to the several months of mediocrity that preceded June.

Employment decreased 3,900 (0.0 per cent) full-time employment increased 19,300 and part-time employment decreased 23,200.

The following graph shows the month by month growth in full-time (blue columns), part-time (grey columns) and total employment (green line) for the 24 months to July 2018 using seasonally adjusted data.

It gives you a good impression of just how flat employment growth had been leading into 2017.

Overall: todays result signals a weaker labour market and is more consistent with the performance of the earlie...

05:12

Senator Anning: undermining the Constitution and our history "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Patrick Emerton

The most fundamental principle of the Australian Constitution is that the people are the bedrock of the political community. The preamble records that it was the people who agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth. It is the people who choose the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Because government ministers must sit in the Parliament, they are ultimately accountable to the people. And it is the people who have the final say on any changes to the Constitutions text.

This pre-eminence of the people is not some vague aspiration. It is there in the text of our Constitution, and it sets a standard that all participants in public life can be expect to be held to.

Senate

It is...

05:10

The nihilism of inner-Sydney architecture "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

People are protective of their space and often suspicious of outsiders. People are cramped together in auspicious looking high-rises, disturbingly typical and askew. Outside of my inner-west bubble, I often talk to friends who have lived in Ashfield for years, a suburb that completely transformed and reshaped within a matter of months.

05:00

In which the savvy Savva is blessed by Lobbecke ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



It would be totally wrong for the pond to avoid the savvy Savva on a Thursday

She always offers a totally unique* experience (*thanks to the ABC)

There she is at the top of the digital page, and blessed with the cult status of a Lobbecke illustration and with her direct line to Malware's bunker, the howls of pain and suffering are frequently uniquely exquisite


Did the savvy Savva just call the onion-munching mad monk a gorilla?


By golly the pond hadn't realised just how gloomy it was in the Malware bunker what with the onion muncher unhinged and off the reservation and never no mind that we all know, in these politically correct times, that it's right to keep the injuns on the reservation ...


Good faith negotiations with Barners? So there's someone still willing to consider the loon wh...

04:54

Questions for Cairns locals who have been around since before the Kuranda Skyrail was built... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.

  • Was it significant percentage of the population, or a small but vocal group?
  • Did this group affect the development in any way (positive or negative)?
  • Did levels of opposition change much after it was opened?

Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.

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04:40

3rd Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates, which was strategically supported by ARENA and Austrade in 2017. Participants from governments, electricity utilities, energy developers, project owners, EPCs, integrators, manufacturers, and consulting agencies will gather at the event to discuss a wide range of topics on Australia solar PV and energy storage market, including policies & regulations, grid connection, innovative business models, financing process and large consumers' assessment.

04:34

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates. Since 2015, we have held annual solar energy storage congress events around the world, and have moved into emerging markets such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Kenya, Brazil; and mature markets like China, Australia, and so on.

04:30

IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE Video Stefan Molyneux Almost immediately after returning from a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, and after getting my final all-clear cancer checkup, the YouTube strikes against Freedomain Radio the...

The post IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

04:23

Greens candidate Tom Raue and his plans for sex with dead people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is how this bloke thinks. Just resting in peace, ladies by Tom Raue March 6, 2013 I am an organ donor because when I die, I wont be using my body anymore. Doctors might as well cut into my flesh and pull out the useful bits. I would be...

04:17

Northern Districts Local Business Awards: Tickets selling like hot cakes! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWT Territory is abuzz with tickets selling fast for this years Local Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Wednesday August 29 at the Epping Club.

The post Northern Districts Local Business Awards: Tickets selling like hot cakes! appeared first on The Weekly Times.

04:14

How to Become a Barrister in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim For many aspiring and admitted lawyers, the idea of wearing the wig and gown which signifies barristers at the bar when entering a higher courtroom can be enticing. Many NSW lawyers enter the Bar after practising as a solicitor for a number of years, whilst others take the examination

The post How to Become a Barrister in NSW appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:04

Councils receive unfettered funding to target local priorities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Update

Local MP for Richmond Justine Elliot joined the announcement of quarterly grants worth more than $2.2 million for local Councils in the seat of Richmond under the federal governments Financial Assistance Grant Programme this afternoon.

This funding will assist Councils in delivering local projects, but I am extremely disappointed with the Liberal National governments previous decision to freeze the indexation of these Financial Assistance Grants, said Ms Elliott.

In 2013, the Liberal National government imposed a three year freeze on indexation of Financial Assistance Grants. This indexation freeze, which was imposed on local governments by the Liberal Nationals government, saw $925 million cut from their budgets. Around two-thirds of these cuts, or $680 million, was borne by regional communities, who can least afford it.

The fact is National Party choices hurt and their decision to cut this funding made it very difficult for our local Councils.

Original story

It is interesting to note that the government is keeping a tight control over who gets to announce the various funding releases across NSW. Todays announcement of $38 million this financial year to support local communities as part of the 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program in the seat of Page, that stretches from Iluka to Lismore, was given to the Nationals federal member for Page Kevin Hogan while funding in the seat of Richmond that covers Byron through to Tweed was announced by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams rather than its federal member Labors Justine Elliott.

The 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program has provided local councils with some extra money so that local councils [can] target local priorities, said Mr Hogan.

The councils are free to spend this untied funding based on their own local priorities including the infrastructure and services their communitys need.

There is also additional funding that is being provided under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programs.

Clarence Valley Council will receive a quarterly payment of almost $1.4 million and almost $11 million for the year, Lismore City Council will receive $775,500 ($6.3 million for the year), Kyogle Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4.3 million for the year), Richmond Valley Council will receive $636,000 ($5 million for the year), Ballina Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4....

04:00

Colorado Baker Heading Back To Court After Turning Away Transgender Woman "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is heading back to court after denying a cake to a transgender woman. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, made headlines in June after the US Supreme Court partially ruled in his favour in the case involving ...

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03:34

City of Ryde Prayer Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steve Frost, director of Horizons Family Law Centre  was guest speaker at last Fridays annual City of Ryde (previously Mayoral) Prayer Breakfast in Ryde Civic Hall. [more]

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03:30

Chinas Plan to Tank Its Stock Market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The phrase the fix is in refers to government-backed manipulation.

When I say the fix is in for FXI, thats not meant to be mysterious.

FXI is the ticker symbol for a US exchange-traded fund (ETF) composed of the largest Chinese stocks.

When you combine the two into a government plan to tank its national stock market at least to a point youre as close to a sure thing as stock market indices allow these days.

Thats exactly what appears to be going on in China right now

A currency devaluation will likely lead to a stock market collapse, but its a trade-off China is willing to accept because a cheaper currency will stimulate exports and support jobs.

Chinas motives in market manipulation are about social stability more than profit and loss. Of course, the Chinese have nothing against making money; theyre good at it.

But China is controlled by a Communist Party dictatorship that is most concerned about its self-perpetuation.

On a day-to-day basis, that involves avoidance of inflation, unemployment and market panics (versus slow and steady declines).

Investors with vague or no recollection of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest and massacre in Beijing have been taught to recall the event as a pro-democracy student rally complete with a 33-foot-tall papier-mch statue called the Goddess of Democracy that was destroyed as the military cleared the square.

Thats a highly selective and misleading portrait of the overall protest.

Its true that student demonstrators placed demands for more freedom of the press and freedom of speech in their petitions. Yet the origins of the protest were economic. Rapid economic growth in the 1980s had resulted in large gains for some but had marginalised and disgruntled many others.

Inflation was a real tax on those with limited resources and an easily avoided inconvenience for the rich. It was these economic grievances inequality and inflation that gave rise to the protests. The pro-democracy aspects were tacked on in the later stages as the crowds grew.

Initially the Communist Party leadership was divided between moderates, like Zhao Ziyang, who favoured some dialogue with the protesters, and hardliners, like de facto leader Deng Xiaoping, who favoured a forced breakup of the protest and the arrest of its leaders.

In the end, the hardliners got the upper hand and the result was a violent military attack on the demonstration.

Communist Party leadership itself was thrown into chaos in the aftermath of Tiananmen with Zhao Ziyang being purged and Jiang Zemin being installed as the new hardline party leader.

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03:10

For Many People, Coming Out In Their Workplace Isnt A One-Off Event "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Raymond Trau, RMIT University For many LGBTIQ+ workers coming out is a never-ending process. A recent study in the UK shows coming out at work is still a problem. Our research, to be launched in Sydney on August 27, supports this finding and further unpacks the reasons for these continuing difficulties. As LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, ...

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02:48

FixedIt: He did not befriend her, he sexually abused her "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Alleged feminist website Mamamia republished an AAP report about a man who sexually abused a homeless 11 year old girl under a headline claiming he befriendedher. The word befriended was in quote marks but there is no quote attributed in the article. It appears theyre quoting themselves.

Its staggering that anyone would have to point out that sexually abusing an 11 year old girl has nothing to do with friendship. He groomed her, took advantage of an extremely vulnerable child in a dangerous situation and committed sexual violence against her. This is why he was jailed. Befriending a vulnerable child is not a criminal act. Grooming and sexually abusing an 11 year old girl is both repellent and criminal.

This constant diminishing of mens sexual violence against women and children by the media is vile and incomprehensible.

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02:41

JBs World: WW2 Commemorations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ANZAC DAY commemorations have concentrated largely this year on the centenary of World War 1 but equally important is World War 2 which in reality was closer to home than the European sphere of WW1. We report this week on WW2 commemorations at North Ryde and Epping.

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02:23

Free Science vs Art Festival this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Colefax uses drones to research shark behaviour and develop drone-based shark detection. Photo supplied.

If you thought art and science didnt mix then now is your chance to change your perceptions. Southern Cross University is running the third Art vs Science Festival in Lismore this Saturday August 18 from 10am to celebrate National Science Week.

From the microscopic world of flowers and what makes frogs croak to how pictures make our brains smarter there is no end of curiosity to be indulged and fun to be had.

The day will also feature music, art and an exploration of how food transforms in our mouths by food historian Associate Professor Adele Wessell.

You might even pick up some hints on how to manipulate the taste buds. After all, its what we think were going to eat that matters most, said Professor Wessell.

Sharks

If you have ever feared sharks on our great oceans the you might be interested in the drone-based shark detection systems being developed by PhD student Andrew Colefax. He is planning to explain away some of those old myths about sharks and talk about how people and sharks can be netter managed.

There is plenty more on offer from coding to hands on interactive and experimental events across six different Lismore venues. 

The post Free Science vs Art Festival this weekend appeared first on Echonetdaily.

02:19

The open and shut case of regulatory capture of the OAIC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I recently published an article detailing repeated attempts by successive governments to de-anonymise the census- an effort that finally bore fruit in 2016 giving rise to the #CensusFail campaign.

These efforts are set against recurring grassroots campaigns which, until the last, were successful in preventing the census from being changed from a collection of anonymous statistics to being used for purposes beyond those authorised by the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (McLennan, B, Independent Australia).

My last article revealed that plans are well advanced to link together our personal information provided with the last census, to create what has been described as a cradle-to -grave movie of our lives for the benefit of industry and researchers (Colmar Brunton, 2014).

Never before has there been a more pressing need for a strong voice acting on our behalf on matters relating to our privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is charged that responsibility yet few people are aware of what the Liberal Government was doing to the OAIC at a time when significant plans were afoot involving the re-use our administrative data.

Just months after the Abbott Government came to power, it presided over what has been described as one of the most significant privacy breaches in Australias history: the publication of personal information about refugees seeking asylum...

01:47

Another threat to Mt Wellington/ kunanyi "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The long campaign against the plan by Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) to build a cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi in Hobart has entered another serious stage.

After being refused land by Carlton and United Breweries, the developer now wants to clear a 2.5 km road through a public reserve. According to local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC), the area is home to a number of threatened species and the proposed road would also obliterate the hugely popular Tip Top Track. They are calling for people to oppose this new proposal.

The following comes from ROCC:

Take action!

On Monday 20th August, Hobart City Council Aldermen will discuss whether to allow MWCC to survey their land to facilitate the proposed project. Please take a few minutes to contact them and let them know you oppose this public land grab for a private developer, and that they should support the motion to deny MWCC the use of public land to facilitate the project.

This is a crucial vote in the fight to protect kunanyi / Mt Wellington from the inappropriate plans by Mr Bold and his shareholders. We voted in the Aldermen to stand up for our community. They need to say no to this destructive project that will destroy the natural values of our mountain.

Please write, call, or arrange to meet the Aldermen and urge them to vote for the motion on August 20. Their contact details are here.

Or if you are time poor you can use our online tool.

For background on the cable car proposal, please check here.

01:41

Morobe Leaders Unite On Wafi-Golpu Project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Several Morobean MPs including Governor Ginson Saonu have taken a united stand in calling for more Morobean presence in the Wafi-Golpu Mine Project.

This is first time ever for Morobe leaders to come together to show their concerns on the technical advisory and spinoff benefits from negotiations, construction phase, and the development of the Wafi-Golpu Project located between Bulolo district and Huon Gulf district.

The MPs Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Bulolo MP Sam Basil, Huon-Gulf MP Ross Seymour, Tewae-Siassi MP Dr Kobby Bomareo, Nawaeb MP Kennedy Wenge and Lae MP John Rosso.

The emerging Morobe position aims to address lessons from the Bougainville Copper Limited and the crisis it ignited, the Ok Tedi Mining environmental issues that fueled the exit of BHP Billiton, landowner issues affecting the PNG LNG Project and the Hidden Valley Mining Project including other mines that will all be captured in a memorandum of agreement.

They have called for disclosure of pertinent information and engagem...

01:17

The Sheriff Stopped By About the Dogs Again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was given 10 days- and today was day 10.

My lawyer has tried to contact both the mayor and the city attorney- however he has been unsuccessful thus far.

This doesnt surprise me considering our mayor Jan Gaul would not let me talk about it at the city council meeting.

The complaint is anonymous and is a lie- which tells me the city of Earling is working on behalf of a pedophile protecting Satanist. Earlings claim to fame is that it was the last place in the US that had a Catholic sanctioned exorcism- but it seems our mayor is more than willing to help a devil lover- so

From what I have figured out- the city manager was the one breaking into my house and trying to set me up by giving me my neighbors water bill check. Seems some will do business with anyone for money. Including pedophile protecting Satanists.

They- as in the mayor, the city manager, and the city attorney- wants to keep all of this quiet, which is why I got the email from Jan Gaul under the official title as mayor

With all the threats- including death threats- I have recieved- and the fact someone has tried to poison my dogs twice while living in Earling- I realize the intention is to get rid of my dogs so that Mesner and his CIA group can come hurt me and claim I committed suicide- as they have done with so many others. Since this immediately followed my interview on Lift the Veil- they are obviously desperate to shut me up

What I fail to understand is why I could have faced legal jeapordy for having a photocopy of my neighbors water bill check when it was the city manager- who photocopied the check and gave it to me in the first place- faced NO consequences whatsoever.

But as you can see by the letter- the mayor, city manager, and the city attorney ALSO wants to hide this as well.

But one thing is for certain- Im going to fight this tooth and nail. Just as I have had to do for years now.

01:13

Australia adopts presumption of guilt denying any presumption of innocence rejecting all principles of a free society "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/australia-oceania/australia-adopts-presumption-of-guilt-denying-any-presumption-of-innocence-rejecting-all-principles-of-a-free-society/

Australia is really rejecting all the basic tenets of civilization and is moving ever closer and closer to simply an authoritarian government. Australia is rejecting the foundation of a FREE SOCIETY by rejecting the presumption of innocence and assuming you are just guilty while shifting the burden to you to prove you are innocent. Australia has rejected the fundamental principle of a FREE SOCIETYand is now crossing into the zone of an authoritarian regime that is unfit for consideration of capital investment. This is a BLUNT statement, but it is one that indeed is shocking to have to even write.

Australia is making it that anyone convicted of any crime whatsoever that they can call a criminalwill have the burden to explain how they got all the money in their life. In reality, Australia has restored the very greed of the state that led to the abuse of the rule of law that even led to the both the English Civil War and the American Revolution. The English system was stark. If you were ch...

01:10

MSMs Fake War, Part 4: The Medias Sins of Omission "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Nelson Rockefeller at the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, (C) Larry Silverstein, and (R) Judge George OToole

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

So far our series has contained: Part 1, a reminder that the media still has not caught up with Oswald being a patsy (but whats 55 years among friends?), and a video of Udo Ulfkottes...

01:08

Coach search begins "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club has moved swiftly to find a successor for outgoing senior coach Paul Lynch with the club set to interview candidates next week.

OGFNC president Tony Potter confirmed a sub-committee had been formed after Lynch advised the Grubbers of his intention to step down on Tuesday night 14 August.

A sub-committee has started already we are forming one now, Potter told the Voice.

Hopefully well have some interviews next week.

I am trying to organise interviews for next Wednesday night.

Potter said there are no plans to advertise the senior coaching position, with the club fielding a number of calls on the prized role.

Obviously we want to appoint someone as quickly as we possibly can, he said.

We have got recruiting to do and players to retain.

Potter confirmed Lynch, who had been the Ocean Grove senior coach for two seasons, cited family reasons for stepping down

Yes it was family, so he has been doing it a long time and he needed a rest, he said.  

The post Coach search begins appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

01:00

Role of health minister in selection of Tweed Hospital site questioned "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Questions over the role that health minister Brad Hazzard played in ruling out the current Tweed Hospital site for redevelopment have been raised by Tweed Shire councillor Chris Cherry. Questions have also been raised in the NSW parliament this week by Greens health spokesperson Dawn Walker MP.

As a councillor, I was involved in the community group feeding back to Health Infrastructure during the extended time for consideration of alternative sites, said councillor Cherry.

The community had identified Kings Forest, Chinderah and the current Tweed Hospital site for further investigation.

After we had given the three preferred community sites as alternatives to examine, Health Infrastructure said the Minister had ruled the current Tweed Heads hospital site out. Brad Hazzard had said no. They did a basic comparison but didnt look at the site properly as an option.

The fertile red soil of Cudgen. Photo supplied.

MP Dawn Walker has said in parliament that the government are ignoring their own development strategies. 

The governments own North Coast Regional Plan identifies the growth precinct for the regions health services at the current Tweed Hospital site, yet they continue to ignore their own strategy and build the new hospital on the precious red soils of Cudgen Plateau, she said.

In March 2017, less than three months before the announcement of the new hospital, there was no mention of the new development in the regions Local Health District board meeting. The minutes note that they were awaiting formal confirmation of fully funding the redevelopment of the existing Tweed Heads Hospital. Its clear that something has gone astray.

Councillor Cherry believes that the siting of the new Tweed Hospital has become a political football rather than a process looking for the best solution for the region and the community it serves....

00:24

FixedIt: Sexual assault is not being a pest its being a criminal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sunraysia Daily reported that a man was jailed for more than two years for sexually assaulting a woman who offered to shelter him when he was homeless. According to the report, the man had previous convictions for sexually abusing children.

The headline labelled him a sex pest. Pests are annoying or irksome. Cane toads, rabbits and that guy who interrupts every time you speak are pests. A man who commits sexual assault is a criminal and his crime is not sex it is assault. His actions were criminal, dangerous, serious and have long term effects on his victims. Labelling him a pest diminishes his crimes and devalues the suffering of his victims.

Also, it might be true that he is an alcoholic but alcoholism does not cause sexual assault. It is an addiction that requires medical and/or psychological intervention, but its not criminal and its not relevant to a conviction for sexual violence.

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00:24

Katter Party Senator Fraser Anning Calls Gender Diversity Garbage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katters Australia Party Senator Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for invoking the Holocaust in a racist maiden speech delivered in parliament. The Queensland senator told the upper house on Tuesday night that Australia should ban the immigration of Muslims to Australia and return to a European-only immigration system as a final solution, invoking the ...

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Wednesday, 15 August

23:52

Ocean Shores school celebrates 25 years with time capsule "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Shores Public School held its 25th anniversary last Friday and opened a 1988 Billinudgel School time capsule. Photo Jeff Encapsulated Dawson

Ocean Shores Public celebrated a quarter of a century last Friday, which included the unearthing of a 1988 time capsule.

School principal Martin Gill told The Echo, In 1993, the 100-year-old Billinudgel Public School was relocated to the new school at Ocean Shores. 

On Friday, current and former students, staff and families of Billinudgel and Ocean Shores public schools came together to celebrate Ocean Shores Public Schools 25th anniversary.

Former principal

Students were enthralled by stories of Billinudgel School shared by its former principal Spencer Jones, who held the position from 1958 until his retirement in 1985. 

Another highlight of the afternoon was the opening of the time capsule, which was sealed in 1988 with instructions to be opened in 2018.

Simon Kane, Billinudgel Public School captain in 1988, was on hand to open the capsule. Its contents are currently on display in the Ocean Shores Public School Library for the next month between 8.45am and 9.15am Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment.

At the end of term, the capsule will be re-sealed for another twenty-five years, along with a new time capsule to be opened at the 50th anniversary of Ocean Shores Public School in 2043.

So what was inside the capsule? Principal Gill replied, Womens Weekly and newspapers from the day (showing that not much has really changed), currency ($2 note) and lots of students work and photographs.

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23:47

Politics in the Pub explores artificial intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Charlton

Politics in the Pub is back, and this month the topic is the largely unknown future of human work in an age of robotics, AI and automation

Former senior economic adviser to former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Andrew Charlton, is the guest speaker at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Wednesday August 22, from 6.308.30pm. 

Dr Charlton asks, What will the future of human work look like?

As machines become more sophisticated, their capability to do human tasks is increasing and human work will change.

What tasks (if any) will be left for humans? What will be the impacts if the social benefits delivered through jobs are no longer there? 

If people are outside the workforce for a lengthy period of time, how will they earn a living, get healthcare and social benefits?

How are ethical decisions made in programming robots to replace humans and, what skills will humans need to succeed in a future increasingly dominated by machines?

Adaptation

Dr Charlton will speak about the adaptation challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses, societies and governments as he addresses these questions. 

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23:45

Splendours $35k cash splash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Splendour in the Grass GM Elise Huntley hands the $10,000 cheque to the Pocket Public School staff and students. Photo supplied

Six local community groups and organisations will share  $35,000 in grants from Splendour in the Grass. As part of their yearly community grants program, festival organisers donate $1 from every event ticket sold.

Organiser say the groups and amounts are: Byron Bay Public School ($2,000), the Pocket Public School ($10,000), Human Nature Adventure Therapy ($3,000), Social Futures ($5,000), Mullumbimby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mens Group ($10,000) and Ocean Shores Primary School ($5,000).

Organisers said they received a great response from local organisations, with over 55 applications lodged.

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23:04

500 up for Carts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Nathan Johnston

PAUL Carter is known among footballers across Gippsland for engaging in some friendly banter out in the middle.
When he cops a spray from a player, his signature reply is; Why dont you take up umpiring you cant play footy for sh**!
I have a few little sayings. The players who know me know that Ill give a bit back. We have a beer afterwards and its all good.
Carter has been doing it for 500 games now.
His milestone match was at Stony Creek on Saturday when the Lions hosted Toora.
He took up the whistle as a boundary umpire on Alistair Hillis advice.
Hed played a couple of years of junior footy for Leongatha and his teammates back then would recall his uncanny knack to kick freakish goals. A mad Magpie fan, he had tricks like Daicos.
After a couple of years running the boundary, he took up field umpiring, before resuming his playing career with Fish Creek and MDU in the reserves.
Hes the first to admit he wasnt a superstar and was happy to return to umpiring in the late 90s.
He umpired alongside Leongathas Matt Stevic who chalked up his 300th AFL game at the weekend.
Hes an amazing athlete. He was very fast and a good bouncer. When I was 18, I enjoyed beer.
I would have had to run for four years to get to that level which was not my cup of tea.
Carters one of the best in the business locally though.
Hes umpired 11 senior grand finals nine Alberton, one Gippsland and one West Gippsland.
He recalls the Fish Creek v Wonthaggi grand finals in Alberton and Sale v Maffra grand final as brutal contests that were hard to control but rewarding just the same.
Carter has no plans to retire. His son Max is a gun little footballer but has already said he wants to take up umpiring one day too.
Id love to hang in there and umpire with Max running the boundary.

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22:56

Government to Give Itself Greater Power to Seize the Assets of Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Senate committee has just given the Turnbull government the green light to nationalise a scheme that allows government to seize citizens assets unless their legitimate origins can be explained, even if the owner of the wealth hasnt been charged with let alone convicted of an offence. On 6 August, the Senate Legal and Constitutional

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22:48

Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its all part of a broad trend aimed at curtailing cash services.

In Australia, banks are reducing ATMs by about 8% a year. In the UK, ATMs or cashpoint machines, as theyre termed locally are disappearing at a rate of around 300 per month, leaving consumers in rural areas struggling to access cash, according to a new report by the consumers association, Which? The rate of closures has increased sixfold in the period from November 2017 to April this year from a steady pace of 50 per month since 2015.

Banks in Spain have closed around 40% of their branches over the past ten years, on the back of unprecedented industry consolidation and cost cutting. In Barcelona, there are now less than half the number of branches there were in 2008. But its in small towns and villages where the impact is being felt most keenly. According to new research, by 2016 as many as 4,114 municipalities the equivalent of 50.7% of all urban settlements had no bank branches at all.

Banks in Spain are are also shutting down many of their ATMs. In 2017, the biggest lenders withdrew over 1,100 cash machines around 3% of the national total. This is all happening at a time when banks in Spain are making it more and more difficult to access cash from the branches that remain open. Spains third largest lender, CaixaBank, last year launched a pilot project in Madrid aimed at limiting cash services in their branches to less than three hours a day, from 8:15 am to 11 am.

Its all part of a broad trend. Bank branches are increasingly becoming so-called customer advisory points, where the primary role of branch staff is to sell customers a myriad financial products, many of them costly and/or risky, while curtailing the cash services they offer customers

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21:55

Loud boom reported by hundreds in Canberra, Australia remains a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Did anyone hear that loud bang?" It's the post that inevitably sparks sarcasm and ridicule on social media, but on Sunday night, it was instead curiosity that dominated the conversation in Canberra community Facebook groups. Hundreds of people reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, described as "a huge echoing boom", somewhere around Holt about 9.03pm. Many said it shook their houses, while others described seeing an orange flash at the same time and shared images from their CCTV cameras. While there is no shortage of reports, there are so far no answers on what caused the mysterious bang.

21:54

Meet 'supersharer' Patricia Morgan in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other. We're thrilled to introduce you to our next supersharer Patricia Morgan, postdoctoral research fellow at the Schools of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

21:48

Outrage: As if 'straight from Nazi handbook', Aussi MP vows 'final solution' to Muslim immigration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian MP has raised ire of fellow lawmakers after he called in his maiden speech to seek a "final solution" to Muslim immigration. The notorious term dates back to Nazi policy of the Holocaust. Senator Fraser Anning of the right-wing Katter's Australian Party (KAP) found himself in hot water over his inflammatory anti-Muslim maiden speech he delivered in the parliament. Claiming that Muslim Australians are unable to integrate, he said adherents of Islam "do not work and live on welfare," and bring the threat of terrorism. Fanning fears of Muslim immigrants "stealing jobs" and "sympathizing with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS]," Anning offered: "The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote. We don't need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers; we just need a government that is willing to institute a sustainable population policy."

16:40

Aidan Wondracz // Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion: Between 1940 and 1968, deceased Aboriginal people in the Moree community were buried without adequate markings. Many identities were lost in the passage of time and numerous floods.

In 1983 on my return to Moree I visited this Aboriginal section in the cemetery and was appalled at its neglected state, with graves being washed away in an area that resembled a paddock, Aunty Noeline said.

07:04

Pick My Project! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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03:05

Lynch stands down as coach "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Lynch has stood down as coach of Ocean Grove Football Club after three seasons at the helm.

Lynch made the finals once in his two seasons and has stood down after finishing sixth this season citing family reasons for his decision.

Lynch informed the leadership group Tuesday night.

The former Geelong player and dual GFL premiership coach decided to step away from the coaching role to spend more time with his young family.

Paul has laid a foundation for the future of which he can be justifiably proud, increasing professionalism amongst the group and providing senior exposure to our talented young juniors, OGFNC said on its Facebook site.

The club would like to sincerely thank Paul for his efforts and commitment, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

The Ocean Grove Football Netball Club will begin the process of searching for a new senior coach immediately.

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