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The Australian Government's Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) recently released their Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan for the next five years. The GRDC's purpose is to 'invest in research, development and extension to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers'. They focus on five profit drivers (yield, price, costs on farm and post farm gate and risk) and three core frameworks (data management and analytics, grower communications and adoption, and capacity and skills).
AFSA provided some feedback to the plan to ensure the plight of small-scale, regenerative grain growers are heard. It appears that the GRDC is only concerned with helping large-scale, industrialised and export oriented grain growers.
It was disappointing to find that the plan was solely focused on export markets and failed to address untapped domestic market potential. For example, there is a lack of 'heritage', single origin grains suitable for stoneground milling, wholegrain flours, sourdough baking and craft beer and whiskey production, among other uses. There's a shortage of Certified Organic and Biodynamic grains (such as cereal rye) for human consumption and stock feed (particularly for poultry and pigs). There is also an unmet demand for native grains like kangaroo grass and native millet. Native grains could provide a great opportunity for the industry to engage with the Indigenous community and contribute to a food system that empowers our country's Traditional Owners. Investing in native grains and other perennials is obviously also important for the health of our soils.
Rather than focusing purely on exports, Australia would benefit from fostering local grain economies, as is happening in the States and parts of Europe. Similar to wine regions, we could be celebrating the regionality of our grains, the hard work of our farmers, and exploring the potential for a terroir of sorts. It would revitalise our rural grain growing areas by encouraging tourism and creating a sense of pride through the farm to table connection. The local food movement provides a great opportunity for growers to...
Tony Abbott has penned a blistering retort to his colleagues after his calls for cuts to immigration were dismissed by the governments front bench.
In an opinion piece for The Australian on Friday, Mr Abbott names and shames critics of his calls for cuts to Australian immigration, and suggests they have not read his speech.
One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there, the federal member for Warringah writes.
It is the prime ministers right to choose his ministerial team and, given some of the policies of this government, Im happy to serve on the backbench.
The former prime minister lobbed a grenade into the immigration debate this week by calling for Australias permanent migration intake to be slashed by 80,000 places per year to 110,000.
That sparked a war of words with senior coalition colleagues all slapping down Mr Abbott, and continuing after his latest string of suggestions.
Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was among those who rejected Mr Abbotts arguments against migrants, labelling his position lazy and inaccurate.
Despite not wanting to get into a tit-for-tat discussion with Mr Abbott he spoke out again from Washington, where hes part of a delegation to the US led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
He said housing issues raised by Mr Abbott were largely restricted to Melbourne and Sydney while other markets are experiencing price drops and only modest gains.
Lets not pretend this is about numbers of immigrants, the fact is Australia is a richer country because of immigration, he told Sky News.
Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also drawn Mr Abbotts ire.
Youd think a government thats lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game, Mr Abbott wrote.
But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.
Australias population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046, which is equivalent to adding a new city roughly the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years.
There are calls for better drug education in schools, as police continue investigations into the overdose of seven Gold Coast high school students.
Three of the St Stephens College year 10 students have been released from Gold Coast University Hospital, while the remaining four have reportedly recovered well and could be released on Friday.
All seven were rushed to hospital on Wednesday, with some in a critical condition, after ingesting an unknown drug.
Police are still awaiting the results of toxicology reports to confirm which drug was involved but were investigating reports it was the Russian designer drug Phenibut an anti-depressant used to treat anxiety and insomnia that may have been bought online.
The incident has shocked the Upper Coomera schools community, prompting calls for more action from governments to stop teenagers treating drug education like a joke.
University of Queensland drugs expert Jake Najman said information given to students on drugs should not be a half an hour school lesson.
Professor Najman said governments needed to invest in developing intensive, long-term drug education for students.
Its a much more systematic problem that needs real commitment and not just a headline saying, Dont do it, he told AAP.
Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists say.
Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs.
Corals already face risks from ocean temperatures, pollution and overfishing.
Coral reefs will transition to net dissolving before end of century, the Australian-led team of scientists wrote in the US journal Science.
Net dissolving means reefs would lose more material than they gain from the growth of corals.
Carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas, forms a weak acid in water and threatens to dissolve the reef sediments, made from broken down bits of corals and other carbonate organisms that accumulate over thousands of years, it said.
The sediments are 10 times more vulnerable to acidification than the tiny coral animals that also extract chemicals directly from the sea water to build stony skeletons that form reefs, the study said.Coral animals will be able to keep growing and replenish reefs long after sandy sediments start to dissolve, lead author Bradley Eyre, of Southern Cross University, told Reuters.
This probably reflects the corals ability to modify their environment and partially adapt to ocean acidification whereas the dissolution of sands is a geo-chemical process that cannot adapt, he wrote in an e-mail.
The report said it was unknown if the whole reef will erode once the sediments become net dissolving and whether reefs will experience catastrophic destruction or merely a slow erosion.
Some reef sediments were already starting to dissolve, such as at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, where other pollutants were contributing.
Eyre said it was unclear if the dissolution of sediments could be a long-term threat to entire islands, from the Pacific to the Caribbean.
Other studies say that deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions can limit acidification.
Most studies show that acidification will be overwhelmingly bad for ocean life, also threatening creatures such as oysters, lobsters and crabs.
Another study on Thursday, however, found that it might help the growth of some plants.
An increase of carbon dioxide in the ocean theoretically could stimulate higher growth of kelp and seaweeds, Kasper Hancke, a biologist at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, wrote in a statement.
No, nothing will change so long as we support corrupt governments by doing NOTHING! Australia & the US support the genocide in West Papua, the Papuans were our allies in WW2 & saved many of our servicemen. Nothing will change unless the corrupt governments are sacked & a better non corrupt governing system is put in place. This will never happen in Australia, but it may happen in other countries.
1822 - Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.
1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.
1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.
1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.
1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.
1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.
1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...
1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.
1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.
1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!
1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.
1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.
1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by...
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed that it received more than 1,200 complaints relating to cryptocurrencies via its Scamwatch portal during 2017. In light of the number of complaints, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has issued a warning to potential investors outlining the risks associated with cryptocurrency investment.
The Australian Broadcasting Co...
A newly formed country, known as Liberland", is doing what most other countries across the world are afraid of trying, which is to embrace bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Liberland, otherwise officially known as The Free Republic of Liberland is a small 
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pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally -
World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation
Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to
oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African
gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and
trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the
scapegoating of working class youth of African background.
The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.
Over 100 cockatoos have been found dead in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. The Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the mass death of the sulfur-crested cockatoos. The authority was made aware of the deaths on Monday. The birds were found in a paddock off Jerrys Plains Road, near the Lemington Road intersection.
People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.
Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.
According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.
These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.
We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.
Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.
Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.
Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,
And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....
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The US securities regulator has charged the now-shuttered BitFunder with attempting to hide information about a major hack. Meanwhile, the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York simultaneously charged BitFunder founder, 37-year old Jon E. Montroll of Texas who also ran digital wallet service WeExchange Australia, with two counts of perjury and obstruction Continued
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Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.
While Julie Bishop doles out money to terrorists: http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/01/julie-bishops-44m-pa-australia-seeks-to-align-its-support-with-the-palestinian-authoritys-pa-objecti.html This is what they teach their kids. Kids mimic what they see. Hamas ensures a violent adulthood when it promotes this content on TV pic.twitter.com/uaeld68ZE2 IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) February 22, 2018 And this is how someone with character handles it.
This is Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin. Yesterday he admitted to Neil Mitchell on 3AW that he was the author of vulgar comments in our story concerning a win a good copper, Paul Mullet had in court over Christine Nixon. The Age reported that story yesterday. Guerin created a...
The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique.
Barnaby Joyce and the affair that refuses to quit. Literally and figuratively. Against his better judgement, Ross Hamilton enters the fray.
I was going to stay right out of the Barnaby Joyce kerfuffle. Mr B. Rooter has done an excellent job of providing plenty of fodder for better writers than me. But the Purple Vegetables latest press statements make one thing clear. The Leader of the National Party, our Deputy Prime Minister, simply Does. Not. Get. It.
From the moment the news broke about Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, his hypocrisy has been blatant. For all his blather during the Same Sex Marriage debate about the sanctity of marriage and so forth, he was having it off on the side with one of his staff.
No wonder even his daughters were allegedly telling people during the New England by-election to vote for anyone but him. The Australian also recently reported that the Nationals even considered dropping Joyce for the by-election because of his relationship with Campion.
There certainly is a morality issue here. And that is for Barnaby to sort out. Nor am I simplistic enough to think Joyce is the only MP or Senator having a bit on the side with staff or other inappropriate relationships. Where did Bill Shorten meet his second wife?
The Purple Vegetables story keeps falling apart. Take for example his freebie accommodation courtesy of his mate Greg Maguire. Joyce keeps insisting that he did not ask for that freebie, that Maguire was just helping him as mates do for each other. Yet other reports in other news outlets have Maguire denying he offered the accommodation but instead it was Joyce who approached him.
Other reports note that staff from Joyces office contacted Maguire on Joyces behalf. It also emerged that the townhouse the happy couple are living in was on the market for some three years only to be abruptly taken off the market for Barney and Vik to move in.
If Joyce or his staff did indeed ask Maguire for that freebie, then he was in breach of Ministerial standards, something he steadfastly denies. Yet Maguires denial adds considerable fuel to that particular fire under Joyces feet.
In 2017, in the period after Joyce says he became estranged from his wife, there were plenty of travel bucks being spent. But with Joyce claiming he was estranged from his wife, how much of that travel included paying for seats and accommodation for his girlfriend? Not looking good for Joyce, especially after the happy couple were spotted holidaying together around Christmas time. Of course, if Barney has only spent his own money on that, then that is just fine and dandy. But how often do our Federal pollies go anywhere without the public paying for at least part of it e.g. rental cars?
They obviously didnt like my post yesterday but it wasnt only the truth- it was logical.
The only reason I can say that Im still standing is that our Father seems to be helping me. And considering Billy Graham just died- and Fiona Barnett called him out as one of her primary abusers like Anthony Kidman- seems God is finally fulfilling his promises and is now in the process of claiming them.
Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.
Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!
Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.
We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.
As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?
So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.
Yes Were creating histo...
Venezuelan president Maduro announces countries second commodity backed cryptocurrency Petro Gold the day after El Petros initial private sale raised $735 Million.
Once again President Nicolas Maduro took the podium to announce a government-owned cryptocurrency. This time instead of oil its the Petro Gold which is to be backed by precious metals.
Next week Im going to launch the petro gold, backed by gold, which is even more powerful, that will strengthen the petro, Maduro said in a televised speech. The Petro which launched on Tuesday is reported to have raised $735 Million dollars on its first day of private sales.
Scheduled to be capped at 100 million tokens with an initial sales price of $60 roughly the price of a barrel of oil the government could raise up to $6 billion if the Petro succeeds in selling out. So far 824 million tokens have been made available.
It is not yet clear whether the Petro Gold is to be backed by gold held in reserves or the countries gold resources. In fact, no details about the new currency were given besides that it would launch next week. This sudden announcement doesnt help the already highly criticized Petro and the Governments intentions for creating it.
Widely seen as a poorly thought out solution to boost the floundering Venezuelan economy, where the fiat currency has been in a free fall for several years and inflation rates are as high as 600%, the Petro has been called a stunt and bogus currency by financial experts.
The Petro is really a top-down hierarchically controlled asset, and its much more akin to a new way to tokenize oil. When the first gold ETF appeared, they werent considered gold, but a different way of packaging the commodity. With Petro, we really have a new wrapper around oil.
Chris Burniske of venture capital firm Placeholder told Bloomberg.
Maduro himself now admits that the Petro was created in part as a way to skirt US backed economic sanctions against the country. While the US Treasury Department has warned investors that by buying the Petro they themselves could become subject to the same sanctions as creditors to the government.
The Petro Gold is not the first cryptocurrency backed by gold. The RMG backed by the Royal Mint in Britain was fi...
Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.
22 February 2018
It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.
In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.
But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.
To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.
There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.
It was quite extraordinary.
Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.
He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.
He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.
I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.
For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.
Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.
I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.
That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.
For a long time, the Australian gut reaction to revelations like those in the Joyce affair is thats private. Melissa ODonnell very much thinks otherwise.
Some three weeks into this Barnaby Joyce saga, the issue has been dissected every which way. From the political strings and taxpayer money he has used and abused; to the Ministerial codes of conduct that he somehow has not broken; and the hypocrisy of his supposed position on family values.
Yet there is one conversation we as a collective seem to have decided is wholly off limits, in that it cannot be raised without caveat and is invariably dismissed out-of-hand as a matter of his private life.
That is, a conversation about the affair itself.
In fact, therein lies one of the most frustrating aspects of this whole controversy. Namely, that the standards of what is private life and what is relevant to Mr Joyces capacity as a leader (and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, no less) are determined by what behaviours old (and not so old) white, heterosexual men consider meet and are relevant to those respective standards.
And, everyone else just falls into line behind that.
It is utterly repellent that this man can treat so many women so appallingly and still think it is his right to dig in his heels, call this a witch-hunt, play the victim card and not understand at all both the hypocrisy and the duplicitousness of his behaviour.
Given his now partner is due in April, given she was moved from his office April 2017, given she was the only member of his media team he kept when he became Deputy Prime Minister in July 2016 and given she broke off her engagement to her now ex-fianc just three months before their wedding in August 2016, it is reasonable to suggest that this affair has been going on for quite some time, in one form or another. And, it defies logic that other people have not known about it for a similarly inordinate period of time. All long before his wife and daughters knew. And certainly well before it was considered at all relevant for the Australian electorate to know.
But what part of this behaviour is not relevant to Mr Joyces character as a leader and politician?
While the assumption that half of Canberra is engaging in the same behaviour and therefore needs it to be similarly off limits is an explanation in part certainly Bill Shortens second marriage must come to mind, and its not an unreasonable view that it goes some way to explaining why hes not going half as hard as he could on this....
By Ross Womersley, CEO of The South Australian Council of
In light of the heartbreaking alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek the kneejerk reaction including in a prominent column in The Advertiser today has been to call for even more Aboriginal children to be removed from their parents.
The South Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the latest round of energy policy announcements today, and says that consumers could end up being the real winners in a state election focused on energy.
Nick Xenophon today launched the SA Best Energy Policy - which includes a community-owned electricity retailer as well as a move to review the energy concession - while the Labor Party announced interest-free loans for household solar energy.
by Mary W Maxwell
I am not a physician. I have absolutely nothing to offer in personal research about the delayed effects of cancer treatments. The article at hand is only a regurgitation of James Armitages 2010 article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), plus a bit of commentary as to the sequelae of his publication.
My general theme is: even when it is noted that a treatment may have harmful effects, the medical industry does not publicize that fact.
Recently, a friend asked me to recall what I had said about delayed effects in my 2013 book, Consider the Li...
On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.
At 00:30, in front of the @USEmbassyMNE building in #Podgorica, #Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the US Embassy compound. (1 of 2) Govt. of Montenegro (@MeGovernment) February 22,...
I will be travelling from tomorrow until 0530 on Sunday. Over the next week or so I plan to meet with a couple of now retired former government officials. Like Dave McAlpine, they have plenty to say about The AWU Scandal - and they'll keep up the momentum for fresh...
A MUSLIM group has called for the makers of Pampers nappies to be arrested after spotting Mohammed spelled in the whiskers of the brands mascot Frank Chung@franks_chung news.com.au FEBRUARY 22, 20181:07PM PAMPERS is facing a furry fatwa after a Muslim group claimed to have seen the word Mohammed spelled out...
Behind the curtain, there is a growing concern about a serious banking crisis beginning once again in Europe. Many governments are talking about the crisis behind-the-curtain and we are now beginning to see steps that are being taken to end the TO-BIG-TO-FAIL policies that dominated the 2007-2009 Crash.
The United States is looking at a new radical bank rescue policy where the government is proposing to revise a central pillar of the idea of bailing out banks creating new financial regulation with a new Chapter 14 bankruptcy procedure. They are looking at eliminating the risk of taxpayers costs to bail out banks. They are investigating the means for an orderly resolution so that the taxpayers do not have to bail out the banks. This development is causing some concern among the high-flying Wall Street banks, for if that is the case, then another crisis as 2007-2009 will result in even Goldman Sachs closing. The proposal looks to shift the burden to the shareholders and creditors of that bank. This means depositors who are thus creditors.
In Australia, we see similar legislation being proposed. This is the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This also authorizes bail-ins bringing an end to the bailout.
That's an outstanding reflection of popular sentiment, particularly given that the story is somewhat buried way down the page under The Nation tab. I reckon we could get Dave McAlpine admitted to honorary membership of the former Victorian coppers Old & Bold Guild - motto TJF.
22 February, 2018: Yesterday the New Zealand government published the full text of the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement, which Australia and 10 other countries intend to sign on March 8 in Chile, along with a National Interest Analysis of the deal. As Fairfaxs Peter Martin writes, the Australian government will not release their analysis of the deal, done by the Department that negotiated it, until after the signing ceremony. The government is still rejecting calls for an independent analysis.
However, NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) economist Bill Rosenberg says the New Zealand governments analysis of the deal is deeply flawed. There is no analysis of health or environmental risks posed by the CPTPP, and it assumes that working people will find new employment immediately when their jobs are displaced. Mr Rosenberg says:
Like previous studies, its estimates of gains in GDP are tiny - a one-off gain of between 0.3% and 1% of GDP in 16 years time. Even these small benefits are unlikely to be evenly spread. At the same time, citizens risk losing our ability to use government purchasing and our state-owned enterprises for the public good. We need to retain our ability to drive the economy towards higher wage, higher value industries like the local processing of New Zealand timber and other materials.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions made similar criticisms of the CPTPP. ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly said the deal puts corporate profit ahead of jobs and wages and will allow companies to exploit more temporary migrant workers and allow foreign companies to sue the Australian government over domestic laws. Yesterday AFTINET called for independent studies of the economic and social impacts of the CPTPP, and for a Senate inquiry that can critically assess whether the deal is in the public interest.
In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.
They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.
It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.
The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.
The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.
But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.
In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.
This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.
There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.
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Dyirbal is now spoken by just twenty-nine speakers. Languages in decline have their own complexities. In their book Vanishing Voices: The extinction of the worlds languages, Daniel Nettle and Susan Domain explain how Dyirbal previously contained very specific terms which are now lost. Many terms for big existed, depending on what was being described. A big eel required a different term to a big turkey, different again was a big tree.
The young American students standing up against the ongoing epidemic of mass shootings in the United States are inspiring the nation and the world.
For the rest of the world it is bewildering how a nation that considers itself civilised can accept the manipulation of the legacy of the War of Independence, after which the right of citizens to defend themselves against aggression was written into the constitution, as a vehicle to make it alright for anyone to have and use weapons that are obviously designed for war.
But on the wake of the latest shooting in a Parkland High school in Florida, something new has happened. Young survivors have raised their voices. Tired of the cycle of condolences and prayers for the dead, talk about doing something to stop the killing and then nothing happening, they have had enough and are creating movement to make the difference. What they are in fact saying is that they have lost trust in their political leaders and have come to realise that they must rely on their own efforts. Parents and teachers are backing the students actions.
Student David Hogg became the face of the new movement, after a video clip he recorded, while he and other students were hiding from the shooter in a classroom. The 17 -year old, appealed for something to be done about gun control and said the situation showed that the country was broken. The impact was immediate and the video went viral.
Students from Parkland and other schools around the country are organising rallies and other actions, and these are now dogging politicians and officials wherever they go....
The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 4 of this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the conditions prisoners are forced to live in, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1, 2 and 3 here, here and here.
I have to wear a nappy every day. I dont feel like a man; I feel like my dignity is taken away. I cant use the shower without a carer. Last Saturday, I needed a shower and it lead to an argument with the officer because he refused [to help me]. He mocked: Poor me, poor me, guy in wheelchair and downgraded me wickedly. Aboriginal prisoner quoted in the HRW report.
The sadistic way Aboriginal people with disabilities are treated (part 1 and 2) in prison could be reformed and limited with basic reforms and proper training. Solitary confinement is used at least in part because prisons and prison guards are not equipped to deal with people with disabilities, though the criminal justice system has effectively criminalised many of them.
But what is important to stress is that a great deal of the problems ultimately stem from systemic underfunding of prisons. They are not funded in a way that allows them to properly care for the people they incarcerate. Many members of the public probably regard this with an indifferent shrug, whilst some would presumably feel a vengeful satisfaction at criminals getting what they deserve.
The result of this underfunding is major overcrowding. It is lack of accessibility for the diverse and sometimes complex needs of people with disabilities. It is the lack of medical services for people who need medical care. And it is staff who are under-trained, who are expected to control the inmates in overflowing prisons, rather than treating them humanely. Able-bodied and healthy prisoners may be able to cope with prison guards being inconsiderate, abusive, and worse. For people with disabilities, the results can range from humiliating, to dangerous.
This 2016 video is called Dinosaur Walk Theory Video.
February 21, 2018
A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a study published February 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Bishop from the Queensland Museum, Australia and colleagues.
Previous research has investigated the biomechanics of ground-dwelling birds to better understand the how bipedal non-avian dinosaurs moved, but it has not previously been possible to empirically predict the locomotive forces that extinct dinosaurs experienced, especially those species that were much larger than living birds. Bishop and colleagues examined locomotion in 12 species of ground-dwelling birds, ranging in body mass from 45g to 80kg, as the birds moved at various speeds along enclosed racetracks while cameras recorded their movements and forceplates measured the forces their feet exerted upon the ground.
The researchers found that many physical aspects of bird locomotion change continuously as speed increases. This supports previous evidence that unlike humans, who have distinct walking and running gaits, birds move in a continuum from walking to running. The authors additionally observed consistent differences in gait and posture between small and large birds.
The researchers used their data to construct the biomechanically informative, regression-derived statistical (BIRDS) Model, which requires just two inputs body mass and speed to predict basic features of bird locomotion, including stride length and force exerted per step. The model performed well when tested against known data. While more data are needed to improve the mode...
Talking sustainable fashion with Duchess of Cambridge at #BuckinghamPalace #FashionExchange bringing together designers and artisans from 53 #Commonwealth nations #LondonFashionWeek pic.twitter.com/R8IM5cTFnj Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) February 21, 2018
A retired police detective is calling for a fresh inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between former union bosses and construction executives. He says he was about to visit Slater and Gordon, @JuliaGillard's law office, when I was abruptly stopped. #AWU #7News pic.twitter.com/XXcqtyFbBQ 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the mother of his unborn child, believe its time to move on after a tumultuous fortnight during which their relationship was made public.
In their first interview as a couple, Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion, 33, also revealed theyll have to leave their rent-free apartment in Armidale, NSW, to protect their privacy.
The Nationals leader told Fairfax Media that questions about their private life had bordered on maliciousness.Its like I cant get you so Im gonna throw anything, he said.
Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his estranged wife of 24 years, Natalie, also confirmed their baby due in April is a boy.
The one thing that has deeply annoyed me is that there is somehow an inference that this child is somehow less worthy than other children, and its almost spoken about in the third person, he said.
I love my daughters. I have four beautiful daughters and I love them to death. And now I will have a son.
Ms Campion, who refused to be photographed during the Fairfax interview, gave only one on-the-record comment to say her sons middle names would honour her two brothers.
She also rejected suggestions she was paid up to $190,000 while working for two Nationals MPs after she left Mr Joyces office in 2017 and produced pay slips showing she earned between $133,000 and $138,000, Fairfax said.
Mr Joyce is currently on personal leave as he fends off calls for him to step down as Nationals leader or leave politics after his extramarital affair was made public.
Acting prime minister Mathias Cormann again admitted the scandal has been a distraction for the government.
But he reminded people there are human beings at the centre, who are trying to move on.
Senator Cormann, who is filling in for Malcolm Turnbull who is in the US, said he has been able to speak to the deputy prime minister after first leaving him a voicemail.
We had a very good conversation. He was cooking spaghetti at the time we talked, he told reporters in Canberra.
Some of the public pressure is incredibly intense not just on Barnaby but also his family, his kids and his new partner, and yes its a distraction for the government but theres some human beings involved.
People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.
Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.
The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.
These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.
According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.
However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.
We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.
Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, said Mr Harper.
And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.
1701 - Roebuck, the Royal Navy vessel on which William
Dampier sailed to and explored the coast of New Holland including
the Abrolhos islands and Shark Bay, was leaking and falling apart
when she slowly and quiety sank in six metres of water at Ascension
island in the Atlantic.
1791 - James Ruse was a clever little dicky-bird and proved he could sustain himself with the first land grant at Rose Hill on the bush block he dubbed Experiment Farm.
1796 - Hawkesbury settlers agreed they will assemble for mutual protection when Aboriginal people were seen near their farms.
It has been intimated to the governor, that two white men had been frequently seen with the natives and
were supposed to direct and assist in those acts of hostility by which the settlers had lately suffered, writes Collins.
The two renegades, Wilson and Knight have shown the Darug that English muskets, once discharged, are useless until reloaded. This, says Collins, effectually removed that terror of our fire-arms with which it had been our constant endeavour to inspire them.
1805 - James Lovell was Hanged for forging and uttering (NSW).
1838 - William Moore was publicly hanged in High St Maitland for the murder of his master John Hoskyns.
1855 - There was order in the court for the trial of the 13 miners who lead the Eureka Stockade and who were charged with High Tea, High Tide and High Treason.
1867 - Royal Commission into the best means of clearing the Murray River presented its final report to Parliament.
Hmph, 5 mins in the country and they've soiled the mighty Murray already.
1874 - A number of Aboriginal men descended from the hill behind the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station and fatally speared the Station Master and a linesman.
The Kaytetye say the attack was in response to the theft of their land and the exploitation of the women by the new settlers. Reprisal was swift and severe and many innocent Aboriginal people were killed in the months following the event.
1879 - The Aussie artist, author and sculptor who scandalised society, Norman Lindsay, was found in a Bunyip nest.
1889 - Southern Cross was an iron steamship who was impaled amidships by an uncharted rock right in the middle of the fairway off Rocky Cape, north-west Tasmania, about half a mile offshore. Crew and passengers were saved with assistance from SS Herbert. It was hoped she may be saved with the rising tide, but it was not to be. Some gear was salvaged but all passenger luggage was lost.
1901 - Leading Aussie film pioneer Ken Hall was bumped into the world. Producing many films for both Aussie and overseas studios he gave us many Aussie classics that are still watched today.
1910 - The black hole in the ground, the W...
After almost 50 years following its release, the crime-fiction film Get Carter is now regarded as both a gem of the noir genre, and also a treasure of British cinema. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, takes a look at a Michael Caine classic. [READ MORE]
We need to talk about Jewish racism. I know what you're thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people who've suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves? But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us. This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if you're a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia. The 14th annual 'Israeli Apartheid Week' (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. There'll be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, I've been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming - of sorts. But I've become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.
PMID: J Chin Med Assoc. 2017 Dec 26. Epub 2017 Dec 26. PMID: 29287701 Abstract Title: Anxiolytic effect of an extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza roots in rats. Abstract: BACKGROUND: Preparations from roots of Salvia miltiorrhiza, a herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, have been reported to induce a series of central effects, including sedation. In the wake of this ethnopharmacological information, the present study was designed to assess the anxiolytic potential of an extract of S.miltiorrhiza roots.METHODS: To this end, rats were acutely treated with S.miltiorrhiza extract (0, 50, and 100 mg/kg; i.g.) and exposed to the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) test. The effect of treatment with S.miltiorrhiza extract on Stress-Induced Hyperthermia (SIH; a physiological response to stressful events) was also evaluated.RESULTS: Treatment with 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract produced robust anxiolytic effects at the EPM test; specifically, it increased (a) percent of entries into open arms, (b) percent of time spent in open arms, (c) total number of head dips, (d) number of unprotected head dips, and (e) number of end-arm explorations in open arms, without any alteration in spontaneous locomotor activity. Treatment with 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract also suppressed SIH response. The anxiolytic effects produced by 100 mg/kg S.miltiorrhiza extract were comparable to those exerted by acute treatment with 1.5 mg/kg (i.p.) of the reference compound, diazepam.CONCLUSION: These data demonstrate the ability of an extract of S.miltiorrhiza roots to produce anxiolysis in two different rodent models of"anxiety".
Is the Vaxxed Team Safe? Opinion by Deplorable Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen The really interesting thing about the world-wide skeptic operation is that they try, desperately, to justify horrific actions against those they HATE actions unacceptable to normal people. We saw all that happen in Australia with the attack on the Australian Vaccination networks Continue reading About Vaxxed Are the Skeptics Trying to Provoke a Shooter?
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.@JaneMarwick: Tomorrow's story on a fraud scandal within the AWU is a story that has been thoroughly researched and it is a compelling read.#headsup pic.twitter.com/Kkkat0Y93F Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 21, 2018
The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique.
The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique.
Let me be clear- the issue is about abusing children and has little to do with devil worship although it is that aspect that is used to dismiss this evil practice with children.
Doug Misicko aka Doug Mesner aka Lucien Greaves aka John Kilrush aka whatever has spent his entire career discrediting victims of severe childhood abuse while forming the Satanic Temple. Of course all the while he claims he doesnt believe in the devil anymore than he does horrific child abuse.
But it IS about children for him- which is why he got a non for profit in 10 days for his Satanic after school daycare program. But if you say anything- his argument is the same as Michael Aquino- you are just biased about him because of his religious beliefs.
The abuse of children in the 80s was covered up by two phrases- Satanic panic and false memories but it was REALLY all about the fact that children were being raped and abused in their preschools and daycares. However- these two phrases made anyone who had problems with their children being abused into crazy liars in the eyes of society- showing once again that we are much more apt to believe the perpetrators than victims.
They claim it was a witch hunt- again using the devil as a way to prove their innocence. Which is why Mesner hides behind his Satanic Temple and Aquino hides behind his Satanic Temple of Set- because with our freedom of religion- anyone can believe anything they want. And if anyone has an issue with it- you can easily dismiss them as being discriminatory..
But it isnt the beliefs that are the problem but rather the practices. And both Aquino, Mesner, AND their followers spend an inordinant about of time trying to normalize and white wash the concepts of serving yourself and doing whatever evil thing they desire. But despite their blustering- have no doubt- hurting children- or anyone really- is evil.
The issue we are facing is the same now as it always was- it isnt about witches or devil lovers or any such nonsense- it is about child rapists whos appetites for causing pain and anguish have extinguished any humanity they had within themselves. And obviously they believe this abuse of children or they wouldnt have spent their entire careers desperately trying to discredit it.
They dont serve the devil- they serve themselves- and feel that they are entitled in doing anything they desire- no matter what harm it may bring to others.
They just use their beliefs as a shield in order to hide behind and justify themselves. But in the end it is about- and SOLELY about- the fact that they like to hurt children and they will use whatever is at their disposal to do so. And nothing more.
Received on 21.02.18:
February 22, 2018.
For immediate release
Blockade happening now
Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.
As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request. https://mailchi.mp/eb163a47cfa0/the-un-should-oppose-australias-deportation-of-sant...
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Australias national consumer watchdog has reportedly received over 1,200 complaints related to cryptocurrency scams last year leading to estimated losses of AUD $1.2 million. According to figures revealed by Australian nightly TV program 7.30, aggregate data gathered from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) Scamwatch shows the watchdog receiving a total of 1,289 complaints Continued
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Not many other blockchain companies can boast new partners on a weekly basis. Ripple is one that can and, love it or hate it, the San Francisco based global payments provider has added to that list of over a hundred with five more this week.
In addition to banks in Brazil and India, Singaporean and Canadian money transfer service providers have also joined ranks with Ripple. According to reports Brazilian Bank Ita Unibanco and remittance provider BeeTech have joined RippleNet in order to facilitate faster and cheaper global funds transfers. Indian bank IndusInd is also onboard alongside Canadian company Zip Remit who are all seeking to benefit from blockchain based financial transactions at a fraction of the cost.
Emerging markets such as Brazil, India and China are home to 85% of the global population with almost 90% of people under 30 residing within those markets. They are a huge draw for companies such as Ripple looking to expand product adoption for xCurrent and RippleNet financial transfer platforms and networks. Over $60 billion was transferred into both India and China in 2017 and Brazil saw $600 million arrive from the US.
Head of business development at Ripple, Patrick Griffin, is confident that blockchain solutions are the way forward to improving the lives of users in emerging markets.
The payments problem is a global problem, but its negative impact disproportionally affects emerging markets. Whether its a teacher in the U.S. sending money home to his family in Brazil or a small business owner in India trying to move money to open up a second store in another country, its imperative that we connect the worlds financial institutions into a payments system that works for their customers, not against them.
Southeast Asias leading digital cross-border money transfer service provider InstaReM is also joining RippleNet to facilitate faster payments to other members of the rapidly growing network. It currently consists of over a hundred banks and other financial institutions providing real-time messaging, clearing and settlement of financial transactions. InstaReMs partnership will allow their corporate and SME customers quick and hassle-free payouts to a number of destinations in the region.
Prajit Nanu, co-founder and CEO, stated; We are pleased with this new partnership with Ripple which will see RippleNet members utilizing InstaReMs unique payments mesh we have developed in Southeast Asia to further streamline payment processes.
The company processes over 50...
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A Chinese news portal says 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.
A fleet of Chinese destroyers and at least one frigate, a massive amphibious transport dock, and three support tankers sailed into the Indian Ocean in February, sina.com.cn reported on Sunday.
If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap between the Indian and Chinese navy is not large, it said.
The news portal did not say when exactly the fleet had been deployed or for how long, but Indian defense sources said on Tuesday that a Chinese flotilla of a destroyer, frigate, and tankers did enter the region around February 10 after conducting some drills in the South China Sea.
The flotilla, which according to the sources was well over 3,500 kilometers away from the Maldives, went back through the Lombok Strait after several days.
Indian satellites, warships, and long-range maritime surveillance aircraft like P-8I kept close tabs on the Chinese flotilla, which was in international waters towards Australia, The Times of India quoted a defense source as speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Chinese Defense Ministry did not respond to requests by Reuters for comment. But last week, the Peoples Liberation Army posted photos and a story on rescue training exercises taking place in the East Indian Ocean on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.The under-construction China Maldives Friendship Bridge is pictured near the city of Male on February 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Regional countries, including Australia and India, associate Chinas recent naval deployment with an ongoing constitutional crisis in the Maldives, with which New Delhi has had longstanding political and security ties.
The Maldives plunged into crisis when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.
Maldivian opposition leaders have urged India to intervene in the crisis. Despite New Delhis calls for ending the state of emergency, the Maldives extended it by another 30 days on Tuesday.
China, however, said on Tuesday that the Maldives has the wisdom and capabilities to cope with the current situation independently.
Beijing signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Maldives last year. It has also been striking deals with countries in Asia and Africa in line with its Belt and Road initiative to improve imports of key c...
As political reporting goes, it doesnt get much more lightweight than the Daily Telegraph. And so, appropriately the Daily Terrors chief political reporter is none other than, Sharri Markson. The flyweight of lightweights.
You might remember Sharri from such exposes as I went undercover as a uni student (while I still looked like a uni student) and took a selfie in a lift to expose how journalism lecturers at Sydney universities trash News Corporation.
Note to Sharri all university lecturers the world over trash News Corporation reporting. Because it can be pretty shite.
Markson is one of those News Corporation journalists whos drunk so much company Kool-Aid, its entirely possible she actually believes everything she says, and writes. Which explains this staggering exchange on the Daily Tele earlier today, where entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran engages in a lively discussion with Markson on politics in Canberra, in which Markson tries to school him on bias.
MORAN: Old mate (Tony Abbott), like whens he just going to quit politics?.
MARKSON (laughing): This is why you cant be a political reporter.
Markson then argues Abbott still has a very big following.
MORAN: This is a man who was there with the children overboard. This is a man whose been given so many chances and still just waffles on with his rubbish. He ripped public education to shreds, hes saying the cities are chockers, and that education needs to be improved, so improve education even though I scrapped it and ripped it to shreds and stuffed it all up.
MARKSON: Youre reading from Bill Shortens playbook. It seems like theyve sent you some talking points.
MORAN: Tony Abbott makes me feel sick.
MARKSON: Oh no, you cant say that.
MORAN: its not easy to interview someone as pig-headed as (Abbott).
MARKSON (feigning exasperation): JMO, you cant say these things about a former Prime Minister.
Sigh. Where to start?
Markson, as perhaps the most transparently partisan political reporter in the country, has a very long history of boosting the right, and trashing the left. Her last article for 2017, about the winners and los...
Outdated laws allowing religious organisations to discriminate against single mothers, pregnant women or LGBTI people should be repealed, the Human Rights Law Centre today told the Religious Freedom Reviews Expert Panel.
Australians fundamentally believe that we should be treated with fairness and equality when we apply for a job, when we study or go to a support service for help, said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.
The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel is meeting around the country to investigate whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom. The Human Rights Law Centre appeared with LGBTI advocates, health experts, frontline service providers and representatives from faith communities.
Today we provided evidence that publicly-funded religious organisations discriminate against trans and gender diverse people in hospitals and welfare services. We spoke about people being fired from schools because they are gay, and harm caused by LGBT people not being able to be their true selves at work or school. Australians voted last year to end discrimination against LGBTI people when it comes to marriage. We also need to end discrimination in other areas of public life, said Ms Brown.
Director of GLHV, Liam Leonard, presented data on the poorer mental health outcomes for LGBT people due to discrimination and the impact of staying closeted at work or school.
This is feeling paranoid, this is feeling like you are constantly under surveillance, this is being hypervigilant every minute in school hoping that nobody notices a word, a gesture, a comment or reference that might let them know you are LGBT. The conversations in the staff room, the innocent exchanges on the sports ground, the ones that most staff and students feel comfortable and at ease at are the ones that strike fear in many LGBT peoples heart, said Mr Leonard.
The groups recommended changes to the permanent religious exemptions from discrimination laws, and pointed to positive examples of faith based organisations embracing policies and training on LGBTI inclusion.
Religious exemptions should not be a blanket that hides the harms of discrimination. Greater transparency will benefit both faith based bodies and the community more broadly, said Rev Angus McLeay to the Expert Panel.
Its time to remove broad religious exemptions that act as a barrier to vulnerable people accessing critical family violence and housing services from faith-based organisations. The idea that religious service providers and schools receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funding can impose their religious and moral beliefs on others in housing, healthcare or education is out of step wit...
In the Victorian state elections of December 1908, the Victorian Socialist Party (VSP) then the largest radical party in Australia threw down the electoral gauntlet to the Australian Labor Party by running candidates in two inner-city Melbourne seats.
In Australia, working- and middle-class students who cannot obtain financial familial support must both study and work a shitty part- or full-time job. Government youth allowance payments are deliberately difficult to obtain and excessively bureaucratic. Certainly, they are not provided on the presumption that to study is to perform valuable labour.
Sedition may be an archaic law, but it is certainly not out of fashion. Anushka Singhs recently released book, Sedition in Liberal Democracies, has to be seen in the context of the continuing use of the sedition law in India to stifle free speech and different stripes of dissent. The book is an excellent addition to the existing material around sedition in India, bringing together legal, political, historical and anthropological perspectives on the theme, and includes a section dealing with comparative developments in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.
Singhs detailed account helps us think through the narrower legal category of sedition as laid down in section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and judicial interpretations of this law, in relation to a broader discursive category that has emerged that encompasses other laws such as waging war against the state, and anti-terror laws such as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), as well as popular understanding of deshdroh or those who are disloyal to the nation.
This wider category, according to Singh, who is an assistant professor at the School of La...
Researchers from Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne have CT scanned all 13 known Tasmanian tiger joey specimens to create 3D digital models which have allowed them to study their skeletons and internal organs, and reconstruct their growth and development. This has revealed important new information about how this unique extinct marsupial evolved to look so similar to the dingo, despite being very distantly related.
The digital scans show that when first born the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) looked like any other marsupial.
But three months later, when they left the pouch they had taken on the appearance of a puppy and continued to grow with a dog-like appearance.
The research, led by the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria and in conjunction with an international team of scientists, is published today [Wednesday 21 February, 11:30AM AEST] in Royal Society Open Science.
It comes from the same team who successfully sequenced the thylacine genome in December 2017.
The Tasmanian tiger was a marsupial, which raised its young in a pouch.
Its resemblance to the dingo is one of the best examples of convergent evolution in mammals. This is where, two species, despite not being closely related, evolve to look very similar.
The Tasmanian tiger would have last shared a common ancestor with the canids (dogs and wolves) around 160 million years ago.
Dr Christy Hipsley, Research Associate at Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne said after sequencing the Tasmanian tiger genome in 2017, this research fills one more piece of the puzzle on why they have evolved to look so similar to dogs.
This is the first digital development series of the Tasmanian tiger, Australias most iconic extinct marsupial predator. Using CT technology we have been able to garner new information on the biology of this iconic species, and its growth and development.
These scans show in incredible detail how the Tasmanian tiger started its journey in life as a joey that looked very much like any other marsupial, with robust forearms so that it could climb into its mother's pouch. But by the time...
Media release, February 21 2018: The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further changes, but the Australian government has not, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.
The additional published text is only nine pages, with some changes from Canada to the non-binding preamble that mention cultural identity, indigenous rights and gender equity, but these are aspirational only, and will not affect the legally binding provisions in the rest of the agreement. There are also the 20 clauses which were suspended in November 2017 pending the US rejoining the deal.
The new text does not include new side letters between specific countries that were signaled when the text was finalised in January. It is not clear whether these will be released later.
Many of the most harmful clauses remain. The deal still includes special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS, said Dr Ranald.
The Australian government has not sought changes to provisions for more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, from Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada Mexico and Chile without testing if local workers are available. This is contrary to its own claims to have reintroduced such testing. There have been no changes to the chapters on trade in services and state-owned enterprises which could restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like TAFE, energy and financial services, even if there are demonstrated market failures.
Dr Ranald explained that the 20 suspended clauses are mostly about medicine and copyright monopolies. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to US propo...
by Dee McLachlan
Several mainstream news organisations have been running with a story about a supposed time traveller. This, from The Sun, is a typical report:
A MAN who claims hes from the year 2030 reportedly passed a lie detector test and made a series of startling predictions for humanity. The self-styled time-traveller, who calls himself Noah, begged to stay anonymous claiming he could be assassinated for revealing what the future holds.
Noah, whose face is always blurred, goes on about what future looks like: a second term of Trump, and more robots, Google glasses, and self-driving cars. Yeah!
Okay, enough of that. Im going no further. This article is to comment on the mainstream medias INABILITY to analyse a simple photograph.
Now Noah is shown holding a picture taken in 5000 of Los Angeles underwater (seen above). You see the surface of the water, then a subme...
.@TonyAbbottMHR: recent polling shows around 40 per cent of Australians believe immigration is too high. MORE: https://t.co/ps1dk6X72c #theboltreport #auspol pic.twitter.com/J5n4iTbjdc Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 20, 2018
So South Australians, youre pee-ed off about New South Wales and Queensland stealing all your water upstream? Solution, with a bit of biblical fish and loaves magic, we just change the numbers. Maryanne Slattery explains.
Last Wednesday was Judgement Day for the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. It was a win for the river to the tune of 70 billion litres of water, but it was a stunning rebuke for state and federal governments as well as the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
Federal, NSW and Victorian Governments threatened fire, brimstone and the End of Days or at least the end of the Basin Plan if the Senate didnt approve the Murray-Darling Basin Authoritys (MDBA) plans to let corporate irrigators in NSW and Queensland use more water at the expense of downstream uses, outlined in its Northern Basin Review.
Like the Bible, many people talk about the Northern Basin Review, but very few have actually read it. If last weeks outraged politicians and lobbyists had actually studied the amendment, they might have seen the Senates rejection coming.
The Senate saw that there were huge problems with transparency and the standard of analysis in the Review. While the reporting of the Senates rejection has focused on the proposal to reduce water for the environment, critics of the Review have long focused on problems in its methodology, process and claims of political interference.
The Northern Basin Review was finalised in 2016 after four years of science and socio-economic analysis. It recommended allowing irrigators to take from northern rivers 70 gigalitres more than in the original Plan. Of course, 70 gigalitres more for irrigation in northern NSW and Queensland means less water for the environment and people in places like Broken Hill and South Australia.
But how much less? Evaporation, seepage and other uses mean the extra volume is reduced along the way.Irrigation canals near Griffith, in western NSW. (IMAGE: Tim J Keegan, Flickr)
After four years of study, and just two weeks before the Northern Basin Review was released, the MDBA estimated 70 gigalitres more for northern irrigators meant 35 less for the Menindee Lakes near Broken Hill and 20 less for South Australia. This infuriated the South Aus...
Recognising its importance as a revolutionary technology, an Australian university has today announced the countrys first course on blockchain technology. Its being hosted by Melbournes RMIT University and is scheduled to start in mid-March.
The eight-week short-course aims to address the current vacuum of young talent familiar with blockchain technology. Alan Tsen, a manager at one of the tech companies behind the new course, Stone and Chalk, told local news source 9news:
There is a real demand for blockchain training and a skills gap in the market that needs to be addressed.
Along with Stone and Chalk, the course has been developed by the universitys Blockchain Innovation Hub and graduate services provider, Accenture. Jason Potts of the former organisation told Business Insider about the technological complexities of blockchain and what the short course hopes to provide for students:
Its actually quite hard to understand a whole lot of different technologies have come together to contribute to it working Much of this course is designed to help executives and business leaders to understand not just how this new technology works, and understanding whats actually behind it, but also how it reflects business models and business strategy.
Without initiatives like the Melbourne university course, the lack of relevant skills issue is only set to get worse. The industry is rapidly expanding and according to tech think tank Gartner Research, will be worth over $176 billion by 2025.
Whilst the first practical application of the technology was cryptocurrency, there are various startups that are experimenting with it for a variety of different purposes. These include cybersecurity, resource management, healthcare, and the legal profession, to name but a few.
One company currently studying how blockchain technology can disrupt existing industries is Power Ledger. Also based in Australia, the startup hopes to provide a platform for sharing solar energy. They received substantial funding in late 2017 from a smart cities grant issued by the government. No doubt co-founder Jemma Green is as excited to hear about local educational institutions taking the technology seriously as sh...
The 2017 judges Nic Low, Ryan ONeill and Jennifer Mills have finished their blind judging and deliberation, and decided on a shortlist of thirteen brilliant stories that approach the theme in original ways.
Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regimes loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trumps America writes Ian McAuley.
The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin.
Its start was the Soviet Unions blockade of Berlin in 1948, followed a year later by the first successful Soviet test of a nuclear bomb. Its end, or at least the beginning of its end, was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed two years later by Mikhail Gorbachevs announcement of the Soviet Unions dissolution.
Americas Republicans, and the political right throughout the world, portrayed the Soviet Unions collapse as a victory of capitalism over socialism. Francis Fukuyama even said it heralded the end of history.
But the Soviet Union had been socialist in name only. Socialist idealism had died with Stalins rise in 1929, and the country rapidly morphed into a class-stratified society, with a chasm between the privileged class enjoying the spoils of nomenklatura and the masses living in miserable conditions and under the oppression of a surveillance state.
A more compelling explanation for the Soviet Unions collapse is the economic burden of its military and security apparatus.A file image of a Russian warship (IMAGE: Christopher Michel, Flickr).
The Soviet Union had been on the victorious side in Europes war of 1939 to 1945, but it paid a huge price. Hitlers Wehrmacht had laid waste to the countryside all the way to the edge of Moscow. In re-taking its territory, and pushing all the way into the German heartland, the Red Army did the heavy lifting in defeating Nazism. While America provided the armaments for the victory, the Soviet Union provided the infantry.
In that war the United States and Britain between them lost one million lives, while the Soviet Union lost 25 million lives. At the end of the war the Soviet Union still faced its enemies along long land borders, while America and Britain went...
Who would have thought an analysis of corporate tax policy would set so many pulses racing?
But ABC journalist Emma Albericis analysis piece criticising the need for corporate tax cuts in Australia when so few companies pay any has certainly provided a needed distraction from our recent diet of beetroot.
As economics journalist Greg Jericho has pointed out, Alberici is hardly alone in making the case against corporate tax cuts. Neither are her arguments a reflexive, innumerate and leftist simplification, as some of her critics at The Australian and the Financial Review have variously claimed.
The fact is there is a serious international debate about the effects on liberal democracies of the increasing pressure on governments to provide greater and greater tax relief to footloose global capital. None...
Syrian women are helping to save Syria and all of humanity against the scourge of Western-supported terrorism. The Canadian government, [Candobetter.net editor: and others, including Australia's, supporting the US-NATO agenda] on the other hand, is destroying womens rights (and all human rights) in Syria and beyond. If the truth were ever accepted by broad-based populations, then our government, led by those who project progressive fronts, would be exposed as the misogynist, life-hating rot that it is.
This article was first published at https://www.globalresearch.ca/womens-rights-in-syria/5629648
Trudeau is destroying Syria through illegal sanctions, and through direct and indirect support of every single terrorist in Syria. Canada is a member of the NATO terror organization, which along with its allies, seeks to create regime change in Syria, the highest crime according to Nuremburg Principles.
All Syrians, but especially Syrian women, have much to lose if the Canadian governments diabolical ambitions are realized.
Amany Ashy lives in a government-secured area of Syria where she is headmistress of a high school. She explains that life for women in government-secured areas hasnt changed much. She explains that
The government supports womens right and liberty before and now. We have the liberty to choose our work , to wear whatever we like , to choose the type of education we want and even to fight side by side with the army. We have the safety to go at anytime during day or night.
She also explains that
men now are busy fighting with the army or trying hard to work double shift after the crazy raise of prices and after the sanctions. Womens life as the life of all Syrian has been affected badly by the sanctions. The prices of food and vegetables have become double. Medicine prices are very high and some are not available.
Life in terrorist-occupied areas, however, is entirely different, and alien to Syria and to most Syrians. Ashy explains that
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Two recent articles published in the UK mainstream hard copy and online newspaper Express revealed theres something wrong with cholesterol-lowering statin drug prescription policies, quoting several doctors who claim statins cause more harm than benefit.
Dr. Rita Redberg, a cardiologist professor at the San Francisco Medical Center, states:
Unfortunately, until all data is available and discussed with patients, millions of people taking these [statin] drugs will continue to have far greater chance of harm than benefit. (Source.)
Dr. Rita Redbergs name might be familiar to our readers, because she appeared in an Australian two-part TV news documentary that has often been featured in several Health Impact News articles. Both parts were connected thematically and produced by Dr. Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D.
And it was Dr. Demasis British Medical Journal (BMJ) article and study review that the Express article was reporting rather favorably with quotes from other doctors supporting her findings. The articles focus was on the controversy it had ignited regarding the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
A few years back around 2013/14, Dr. Demasi produced two Catalyst science show productions on the ABC Australia TV network. Its as mainstream as it gets down under.
Part one, Dietary Villains, of the two-part series, The Heart of the Matter, exposes th...
Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.
Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:
Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.
So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say. It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.
NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.
And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations. This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average. Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.
The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine
America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:
The 1872 Mining Law
The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil an...
By Shem El-Jamal
On January 18, 2018, many Americans were pleasantly surprised to hear the news of the raids on the publisher, Newsweek, that took place just one day prior. These actions taken by New York law enforcement appeared to be largely justified, and in the eyes of many Americans, these raids were long overdue.
As the situation appears, the issues which promoted the swift confiscation of the servers at Newsweek stretch far beyond just one mere company in the U.S. We may see that due to the similar actions of law enforcement in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, that Newsweek was not the only corporate source that was suspected of illegal activity.
For the longest time, thousands of Americans have grown increasingly impatient with a corporate media that has been long-divorced from accurate reporting and ethical integrity. Not only have corporate sources such as Newsweek been shown to be significantly dishonest in their reporting, but they have been long-suspected to be linked to criminal interests as well.
These and many other reasons may explain why many citizens were somewhat relieved to see these recent actions against provably compromised news sources.
For decades, the corporate media has gradually devolved into a politically bias, corporately compromised, puppet show for the ruling elite. According to multiple sources, there are numerous interests behind this media monopoly who intend to manipulate the public in any direction which they deem advantageous to elitist ideals.
Whether the goal involves starting useless wars in foreign countries, placing Cabal sponsored puppets in positions of power, censoring important information from being revealed, or disarming the general public for the sake of maintain social control, the general intent is the same.
It is a well-known fact that the CIA and other government agencies have significant control over corporate media. Companies such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and even NPR have been shown to be little more than extensions of the CIA and/or other manipulative government agencies. Though some may believe that past government programs such as Operation Mockingbird were discontinued, these programs a...
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