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Wednesday, 09 March

01:47

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": The Watchers » Latest articles: Watch 2016 total solar eclipse live "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Early on March 9, 2016 (UTC), the Moon will position itself right in front of the Sun and create a total solar eclipse for viewers in parts of central Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean. South and East Asia, Japan, Korea, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska will get to see...... Read more »

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"IndyWatch Feed World": Tlaxcala: 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia (CODEPINK) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

08/03/2016 - CODEPINK, along with The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other organizations (see here), hosted a two-day summit examining the policies and practices of Saudi Arabia ...

01:38

The Loop: Apple’s official list of amicus briefs and letters to the court on their behalf "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

This is an impressive list. It’d be interesting to compare this to a list of folks officially opposing Apple in this fight.

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01:38

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 7.03.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Track Title Artist Album Title
Shoe Boycotter Matt Stillert Shoe Boycotter   (new)
Bad Advice Foreday Riders Herding Cats
My Ideal Dan Barnett (Big Band) Some Where Some Place
Some Time
Give You Heaps Toni Swain Deepest Water
Junk Mail Blues Brendan Leggatt Paid My Dues
The Beach Shack Nick Wildgoose Dilettante Bluesman
Fair Go Andy Layfield Mad Time
Kings Lament Three Kings Here It Is
God Loves A Sinner Russell Morris Red Dirt – Red Heart
St James Infirmary Blues Sugarcane Collins Going Back To Clarksdale
Things You Want Nick Charles The River Flows

01:28

The Loop: The cost savings and inconvenience of cutting the cable TV cord "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

If you’ve ever seriously considered cutting the cord on cable TV, this is a good read. David Gewirtz writes about his experience cutting the cord. He saved money but, ultimately, he called and had his cable reinstalled. Very interesting, with all the numbers so you can truly follow his logic.

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01:23

The Loop: Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and a bunch of billionaires and politicians gather on an island to discuss Trump and encryption "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Amazing attendee list. I would never have imagined such a diverse group of people on the same side of an issue, enough so that they travelled some pretty sizable distances to plot and plan together.

∞ Read this on The Loop

01:12

The Loop: The spaceship rises: Fantastic images of Apple’s new campus "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Apple shared some magnificent pictures of the new spaceship campus. My favorite is a shot of a crane carefully lowering the new roof on top of the campus theater.

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01:10

"IndyWatch Feed Health": The Thinking Moms' Revolution: Welcome to TMR’s Third President! "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

March 8, 2016 In accordance with the TMR bylaws, it is time to hand over the proverbial reigns to a new president. I am absolutely honored and thrilled to announce that Marrisa Ali, a.k.a. Dragon Slayer, has been elected President … Continue reading

The post Welcome to TMR’s Third President! appeared first on The Thinking Moms' Revolution.

00:58

"IndyWatch Feed Arts": Hyperallergic: Lessons in Looking from a Ragnar Kjartansson Performance "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Ragnar Kjartansson,

Ragnar Kjartansson, “Woman in E” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) (cilck to enlarge)

DETROIT — I’d been sitting in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) Cafe 78 for roughly five minutes before I noticed that the usual sonic backdrop of well-curated music had been replaced by a single repeating guitar chord, fading almost to silence each time before being reprised (with an occasional light riff). I would rate my musical acumen relatively low — I am neither a hoarder of old music nor a pioneer of new. I like what I like, and leave encounters with new music largely to chance.

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00:50

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": Fire Earth: Federal Disaster Declared for Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Severe winter storm and snowstorm: Major Disaster Declaration proclaimed for the Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4262) Incident period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 07, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the areas […]

00:49

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": Earth First! Newswire: Peruvian Tribe Takes Government Officials Hostage Over Oil Spill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

from The Guardian

 Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

An indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon has taken at least eight public officials hostage to demand help from the central government after an oil spill polluted its lands, according to authorities.

The Wampis community of Mayuriaga seized a grounded military helicopter late on Sunday, holding crew members and several officials to press for inclusion in the emergency response plan, said Germán Velásquez, the president of state-owned energy company Petroperu.

A rupture in Petroperu’s 40-year-old pipeline spilled 1,000 barrels of oil in Mayuriaga on 3 February, nine days after a leak in the same duct poured 2,000 barrels near eight other indigenous communities in the same Amazonian region.

Environmental regulator OEFA ordered Petroperu to replace parts of the pipeline after repeated leaks in recent ye...

00:39

The Loop: Time has stopped for smart watches, as the tech world waits for Apple Watch 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Digital Trends, on why smart watch sales have slowed to a crawl and why Apple Watch seems to be the exception.

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00:32

The Loop: Apple Pay: Most requested mobile payment service by retailers "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

A huge chasm between first (Apple Pay) and second place (Android Pay / Google Wallet).

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00:26

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association: Bulga Beats Festival, Sat, Mar 12, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bulga Beats Festival

After a very successful inaugural event in June 2015, Bulga Beats Festival 2016 is looking to be bigger and better than ever.

This music, market and arts festival focuses on community building, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and our district, supporting / promoting sustainable industries, local businesses and wine & tourism in our area.

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Our little town’s big festival attracted people not only from the Hunter Valley but also from Sydney, the Central, Mid and North Coast. We even had some festival goers from Brisbane, from Victoria and even Tasmania. We received many fantastic reviews and the overall consensus from the crowd was that they would certainly be attending the next Bulga Beats Festival in 2016.

We are very excited to have amongst our special guests,  2015 Best Male Golden Guitar winner, Luke O’Shea who will be performing songs from his recent albums, other artists include, Zappo, Fred’s Ginger, Boneman, Crying Tree, William John Junior, Daheen among others. There will food & market stalls, art exhibition & sale, car & bike show and much more.

Again in 2016, we see the return of our famous Guitar Auction. This years guitars features signatures by famous performers such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, Luke O’Shea, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley...

00:16

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: What Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan did not tell the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's February breakfast meeting when he was asked about foreign ownership of land and overseas workers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


This was the incumbent Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan as reported in The Daily Examiner on 22 February 2016:

A member of the chamber executive, Mark Butler, asked Mr Hogan what the government was doing to combat countries like China buying up large tracts of Australian land and the prospect of those owners employing Australian workers……

Mr Hogan said the government, led by the Nationals, was fighting foreign ownership.

This included setting a minimum property sale of $15 million before the sale was brought to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hogan said the limit in 2013 had been $250 million.

"Even then I think that's ($15 million) too high, but at least it's cumulative so, if they buy an $8 million and a $7 million property, they appear on the board's radar," he said.

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00:15

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the global coal industry? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


While the Australian Coalition Government keep its head deeply buried in the sand on climate change policy and the future of fossil fuels the world has quietly begun to by-pass coal, one of this country’s biggest exports.

Senate Bill 1547 (ELIMINATION OF COAL FROM ELECTRICITY SUPPLY) passed the Oregon House of Representatives on a 39-20 bipartisan vote on 16 February 2016 and re-passed the Senate on 2 March 2016:


Requires each electric company providing electricity to retail...

00:00

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Thursday Leaves Town. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If you’re travelling north to Brisbane or heading north west towards Armidale, it’s well worth noting two fabulous exhibitions which are presently on show at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane and at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale.

Margaret Coen

Margaret Coen

Meg Stewart

Meg Stewart

First stop on Arts Thursday is Armidale, to view an exhibition based on the life and relationships of artist Margaret Coen.

Coen, who died in 1993, was a talented artist, a notable feat in the 1930s in Australia. She is best known for her watercolours of still lifes and landscapes. The artist was married to the poet Douglas Stewart and was part of a circle of artists in the 1930s, which included Thea Proctor, Arthur Murch, Rah Fizelle and the Lindsays, in particular Norman Lindsay, to whom she became close and who encouraged her in her work.

Much of this is revealed in the exhibition Coen’s Circle at the New England Regional Art Museum (or NERAM) in Armidale, in an exhibition curated by Phillipa Charley-Briggs and including many works donated to the Gallery by the artist’s daughter Meg Stewart. The exhibition is both a retrospective of Coen’s own work and an evocation of the artistic life of Sydney in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s through memorabilia, costumes and other material from the fa...

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Tuesday, 08 March

23:55

"IndyWatch Feed Arts": StreetArtNews: St+Art India: Reko Rennie in New Delhi "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

RekoRennie_Lodhi_Final_photo by Akshat Nauiryal

Reko Rennie is an Australian artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Rennie’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.

Reko was invited by the good people from St+Art India to bring some of his art to the streets of New Delhi.
Working in the Lodhi Colony district with the help of several assistants, Reko gifted the local residents with this super vibrant mural.

Take a look at a few extra shots below and stick with us for the latest updates from the streets of India and New Delhi.


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23:50

"IndyWatch Feed Arts": Open Culture: Free: Read All of George Orwell’s War Diaries Online (1938-1942) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Orwell ID Card

Journalist, essayist, and novelist Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell, has the distinction of writing not just one, but two of the most well-known cautionary novels about totalitarian governments: 1984 and Animal Farm. You’ve likely read at least one of them, perhaps both, and you’ve likely seen either or both of the film adaptations based on these books. Were this the totality of Orwell’s legacy, it would surely be secure for many decades to come—and perhaps many hundreds of years. Who knows how our ancestors will remember us; but whether they manage to fully transcend authoritarianism or still wrestle with it many generations later, the name of Orwell may forever be associated with its threatening rise.

And yet, had Orwell never written a word of fictional prose, we would probably still invoke his name as an important journalistic witness to the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts over fascism. He directly participated in the Spanish Civil War, fighting with the Marxist resistance group POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista). The horrific takeover of Spain by Francisco Franco, with help from Hitler’s Luftwaffe, paralleled the Nazi’s gradual takeover of Western Europe, and the experience changed no...

23:42

"IndyWatch Feed Health": Mad In America: “Mind, Myth and Madness” "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Are psychiatric diagnoses real, or are they the cause of an apparent global mental health crisis? Researchers Richard Bentall and Simon Baron-Cohen, and psychiatrist Dinesh Bhugra debate.

IATV →

23:18

"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: How Far Will Turnbull Slide? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three weeks)
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority

The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one.  In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same.  Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour.  Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott.  Here's the smoothed tracking graph:


There's increasing talk of a July 2 double dissolution, which would mean the election is now less than four months away.  Normally, if you offered a new first-term government a 51:49 poll lead four months out from an election it would take that in a shot, since governments of any age in such a position have a very high...

23:11

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": CHANGING TIMES: MH370 interim statement sheds no new light on plane’s disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

boeing_777-200er_malaysia_al_mas_9m-mro_-_msn_28420_404_9272090094-in-2011The international team investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two years ago today has released a second interim report. It is very brief, and reveals no new conclusions.

The three-page statement, which was made accessible to close relatives of those on board the missing flight prior to its public release, was produced to comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation requirements¹.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

The flight’s disappearance is the greatest mystery in aviation history and the air and sea search for the aircraft is the biggest ever carried out. A huge area of the ocean floor has been examined in detail.

The new statement makes only two main points: the wreckage of the aircraft has not been found, and only one piece of debris – a flaperon discovered on the French island of Reunion on July 29 last year – has been determined to have been a part of the missing aircraft.

The statement also lists the current areas of investigation.

The investigators say they are continuing to work towards finalising their analysis, conclusions, and safety recommendations and are focusing on eight areas:

  • air traffic services operations;
  • flight crew profile;
  • airworthiness, maintenance, and aircraft systems;
  • satellite communications;
  • wreckage and impact information (following the recovery and verification of a flaperon from the aircraft);
  • ...

23:11

"IndyWatch Feed World": After the Shift: MH370 - Two years on, investigators say 'no conclusions' on MH370's fate "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"


Two years after the disappearance of MH370, investigators are still yet to arrive at any conclusions over the plane’s fate, they said Tuesday, indicating that what happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 remains a mystery. “At this time, the team is continuing to work towards finalising its analysis, findings, conclusions and safety recommendations on eight…

23:10

"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Daily Coin: Stock Market Is Going to Be a Mess "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

economy housing collapseby Wolf Richter, Wolf Street With actual P/E Ratios Blowing Out Like this. Just how overvalued are stocks, particularly small-caps? According to Wall Street, even the question is wrong. Stocks are never overvalued. They’re always a buy. The future looks bright. And even if it doesn’t look bright, analysts come up with “adjusted” earnings that are so brilliant that they blind even innocent bystanders. That’s how Wall Street justifies high stock prices. Our miraculously visionary...

23:03

"IndyWatch Feed Arts": Hyperallergic: ArtRx NYC "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

On view in ‘The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit’ at BAM: Slavs and Tatars, “Love Letters No. 9” (2014), woolen yarn, 250 × 250 cm (courtesy the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York)

This week, learn about the life of a Pre-Raphaelite muse — who was also a poet and artist, listen to Mel Chin speak and sing about his art, commemorate 3/11 with a discussion about new Japanese art and architecture, and more.

 The Life of a Pre-Raphaelite Muse

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Beata Beatrix” (1864–70) (via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

When: Tuesday, March 8, 7pm ($8)
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Elizabeth Siddal, who modeled for John Everett Millais’s “...

23:02

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": The Ecologist: EU postpones glyphosate decision: a good day for public health! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It has been an epic battle, writes Aisha Dodwell. Monsanto and other corporations are desperate to get the world's number one herbicide, glyphosate, relicenced in the EU. But their network of power has been challenged by doctors, scientists and a global movement of people. With today's postponement of the EU's decision, we have just scored a major victory.

23:00

"IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica": WhoWhatWhy: The Gospel According to Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

“I’m always being audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair… maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian and I feel strongly about it.”

This was perhaps the quintessential Trump moment of the year. It came after a Republican debate in late February when the GOP frontrunner claimed that the IRS was targeting him because of his religion.

It was classic Trump. He used the IRS audit as an excuse for not revealing his tax returns — even though experts and the IRS both said nothing would preclude him from doing so — and tried to score with evangelical Christians in the same breath.

The reaction of CNN host Chris Cuomo (56 seconds into this video) says it all. Even though Trump is winning the evangelical vote, it is almost easier to believe that Mexico will build him a wall than that he is a “strong Christian.”

So we investigated. After all, Trump is not just a public figure but a very public figure. He has written many books, including some semi-autobiographies and others laying out what he thinks about the world, and he is seemingly on TV all the time.

Trump loves to talk. In fact, he’ll say just about anything. He certainly wasn’t shy when he was hinting at the size of his genitals during last week’s Republican presidential debate. And in 2006, he said he would date his then 24-year-old daughter if they weren’t related.

But he has a tendency to get a bit tongue-tied when talking about religion.

What We Know

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Trump was confirmed in June of 1959 in the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, New York.

“I am Presbyterian, Protestant. I go to Marble C...

23:00

"IndyWatch Feed World": TheSleuthJournal: BBC Reinvented History Of War In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The BBC is owned and operated by the British government, a propaganda tool masquerading as a legitimate news, information and analysis media outlet.

What’s most important for people to know, BBC and its Western counterparts systematically suppress, substituting state-approved propaganda – serving their governments’ interests.

In early February, the BBC reinvented the history of war in Syria, substituting state-sponsored misinformation and Big Lies for vital hard facts essential to explain – the longstanding hallmark of its reporting from inception.

There’s nothing civil about war in Syria, one of the grandest deceptions about years of conflict, the BBC one of the leading proliferators, willfully misleading its viewers and listeners.

It lied claiming “(p)ro-democracy protests…in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa” turned violent…(t)he unrest trigger(ing) nationwide protests demanding President Assad’s resignation.”

False! Michel Chossudovsky explained Washington instigated the “so-called ‘protest movement,’ “ a well-documented fact “from the inception of the Syrian crisis in March 2011” – using “US-Israeli and allied supported (ISIS and other) ‘jihadist’ death squads.”

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23:00

"IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica": Activist Post: New Gold Bull Market Now Official; Breaking Point in Paper Gold? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Clint Siegner Gold officially entered a bull market in last week’s trading with prices gaining more than 20% from their December lows. The silver...

23:00

"IndyWatch Feed Arts": At Home In Love: Tile Me About It "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Let's talk about tile! I've always liked simple white subway tile for kitchen walls, and classic penny tile for bathroom floors. But lately, I've also been noticing lots of graphic, patterned tiles that make a statement...and I love them too! What do you think? Would you (or have you) put patterned tile in your house? Or do you think you'd get sick of it?

Dining room with tile

I especially love patterned tile with an exotic, global look...I think most of these are Moroccan cement tiles.

Tile me about it

Beautiful bathroom tile

Of course, floors are the most obvious place for tile. But if the tile pattern that you've fallen in love with is too pricey for doing your whole floor, you could try using it on a smaller scale--like a fireplace, a kitchen backsplash, etc.

How to decorate with patterned tile

Gorgeous backsplash

When it comes to a patterned tile backsplash, I think the key is to find a simple pattern with just a couple of similar, tonal colors. Otherwise, it can tend to look super busy.

Patterned tile backsplash

Anoth...

23:00

"IndyWatch Feed World": The Event Chronicle: Tai Chi Master Shares the Seven Secrets of Cultivating Qi Energy in the Body "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Tai Chi Master Shares the Seven Secrets of Cultivating Qi Energy in the Body

Seven Elements of Chi Cultivation

There are seven core principles for cultivating the powerful, innate healing energy known as Qi in the body. These practices will unlock your ability to harness this sacred force and direct it around the body at will for various healing and rejuvenation purposes. It can also be transferred to others if they are open and receptive to this type of healing.

Ancient Taoist masters spent entire lifetimes developing the science of Qi cultivation and mastering its use in the human form and this knowledge has been carefully preserved through thousands of years of transmission from master to disciple. In this day and age, this knowledge is shared rather freely and openly although it can still be difficult to find accurate, complete sources of information. The basics presented here by Dr. Greg Yuen offer a complete, fundamental picture of the practices and methods for becoming aware of and cultivating Qi in the body. Often times this core understanding is enough to allow seekers to begin using and experiencing the force in their lives immediately. Please note that the terms Qi, Chi and Ki are used throughout this introduction and article interchangea...

22:58

"IndyWatch Feed War": : Is Your Food on Crack? Salmon Test Positive for 81 Different Drugs: Prozac, OxyContin, Cocaine… "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

When stories like the lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan make national news, people sit up and take notice. What people don’t realize is just how contaminated our water is all the time, every day, everywhere. I’m not talking about heavy … Continue reading

22:54

"IndyWatch Feed Economics": Bill Still: Still Report #687 - Worst Passwords of 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The new 2015 Most Popular Passwords list is out. Every year the commercial password manager SplashData publishes a list of the most popular passwords compiled from 2 million stolen passwords from users in North America and Western Europe. The list includes in parenthesis whether the password went up or down compared to last year’s list. For example, the most used password remained static from last year – 123456. [insert list] 1. 123456 (Static) 2. password (Static) 3. 12345678 (Up 1) 4. qwerty (Up 1) 5. 12345 (Down 2) 6. 123456789 (Static) 7. football (Up 3) 8. 1234 (Down 1) 9. 1234567 (Up 2) 10. baseball (Down 2) 11. welcome (New) 12. 1234567890 (New) 13. abc123 (Up 1) 14. 111111 (Up 1) 15. 1qaz2wsx (New) 16. dragon (Down 7) 17. master (Up 2) 18. monkey (Down 6) 19. letmein (Down 6) 20. login (New) 21. princess (New) 22. qwertyuiop (New) 23. solo (New) 24. passw0rd (New) 25. starwars (New) New entries towards the bottom of the list #21, #23, and #25 were probably inspired by the return of the Star Wars film series. The SplashData experts say if you have spotted your password on this list, you’d better change it. They also recommend a unique password for every one of your online accounts. According to Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData: “Passwords based on simple patterns on your keyboard remain popular despite how weak they are.” “Any password using numbers alone should be avoided, especially sequences.” “For example, users should avoid a sequence such as ‘qwertyuiop’, which is the top row of letters on a standard keyboard, or ‘1qaz2wsx’ which comprises the first two ‘columns’ of numbers and letters on a keyboard.” Don’t use a favorite sport as your password – “baseball” and “football” are in top 10, and “hockey,” “soccer” and “golfer” are in the top 100. Don’t use a favorite team either, as “yankees,” “eagles,” “steelers,” “rangers,” and “lakers” are all in the top 100.” Don’t use your birthday or especially just your birth year — 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992 are al...

22:52

"IndyWatch Feed World": Signs of the Times: Joe Wilson to Hillary Clinton in 2010: "What hell we have wrought in Iraq" "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The latest release of Hillary Clinton emails includes a sobering, confidential 2010 letter (excerpt below) from ex-Ambassador Joe Wilson in which the former diplomat reflects on a trip he had recently made to Iraq, the devastation caused by the war, and how waste and racism are obstructing the rebuilding process. Wilson was an early critic of the Bush-Cheney administration's lies in the run-up to the war in 2003. His wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, was outed by White House staffers as part of an effort to discredit him. The opening paragraph of his letter describes the society-wide destruction he witnessed upon traveling to the country: My trip to Baghdad (September 6-11) has left me slack jawed. I have struggled to find the correct historical analogy to describe a vibrant, historically important Middle Eastern city being slowly bled to death. Berlin and Dresden in World War II were devastated but they and their populations were not subjected to seven years of occupation that included ethnic cleansing, segregation of people by religious identity, and untold violence perpetrated upon them by both military and private security services. I have not been to Gaza but suspect that the dehumanizing effects are somewhat similar. ... The occupation and especially the walling off of neighborhoods have destroyed the very fabric of the urban society.

22:51

"IndyWatch Feed Asia": The Wire: In Lucknow, Survivors of Violence Find Liberation on Three Wheels "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

An NGO in Lucknow helps women escape lives of domestic abuse – by employing them as auto-drivers.

More power. Female auto-drivers whom HUMSAFAR has helped. Credit: Pallavi Gaur

More power. Credit: Pallavi Gaur

Lucknow is a city I associate with school vacations, with renting a bicycle to explore other neighbourhoods. I’m back here to meet the first group of women auto-drivers in the capital of Uttar Pradesh – a state where the patriarchal social order runs especially deep. These women have each escaped years of domestic abuse: some were married into oppressive households, often were victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. But oppression breeds the power to oppose it, and these women pulled through to create new lives.

“It was a tough battle considering the number of problems that eclipsed the situation,” says Neetu (who does not use a surname), a senior programme coordinator with HUMSAFAR, a support centre for women in crisis. Having been involved from the start, she mentions that the first challenge was helping them out of their fragile state and overcome the fear of estranging family and society.

The scope of the problem seems to be overwhelm their efforts to make the women feel secure. Each morning when they gather, they share a sense of strength and triumph, but there are moments of utter despair – especially when their own families questions their decision to become drivers.

“We were working with more than 150 women when we started out,” Neetu...

22:45

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Catch it by the tail- Episode 15 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Catch-it-by-the-Tail

Some songs to lay back and listen to and others you can jump up and down to – Blackie the cat gets a mention, kids at the library share their jokes, there’s some counting, some good advice and some stuff that’s silly. And lots more. Email jokes, poems, requests etc to catchitbythetail@eastsidefm.org, or visit the Catch it by the tail facebook page, here.

Episode15playlist

The post Catch it by the tail- Episode 15 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

22:45

"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Daily Coin: SMAULGLD ON RETHINKING THE DOLLAR "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

gold dollarfrom Smaulgld Smaulgld was intereviewed by Rethinking the Dollar recently. We discussed the direction of the dollar, U.S. debt levels, the cashless society, the increase in sales of silver at the U.S. and Perth Mint, the importance of gold to nations, China and gold and the Gold/Silver Ratio. Please have a listen:

22:45

"IndyWatch Feed World": The Event Chronicle: Meditation Techniques to Help You Visualize Letting Go "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Meditation Techniques to Help You Visualize Letting Go

Aside from tuning into your breath or your heartbeat, below are some techniques to help you enhance or to discover a meditation practice.

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Aside from tuning into your breath or your heartbeat, below are some techniques to help you enhance or to discover a meditation practice.

As you close your eyes, imagine your thoughts becoming the descriptions below. Visualize yourself completing the actions described. Allow your troubles to disappear with each mindful manifestation. When you use visuals during meditation, the mind paints a more vivid picture of your decision to let go of the troubles. It helps connect, deep in your core, the intention to find a peace of mind.

FIRE

You are surrounded by a great fire. See the orange glow all around you. Feel the heat and smell the smoke. Maybe you are on a beach or inside in a comfortable space. Your thoughts become words written on blank paper. Each idea or worry that pops into your head is a small note. You let th...

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"IndyWatch Feed National": Wake Up World: New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces – Removing the Boundaries to Our Sacredness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

8th March 2016 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing Writers for Wake Up World Humanity has collectively come to see spirit and matter as antagonistic to each other, and so, believing we must choose one over the other — the spiritual or the earthly — we have become embedded in an unresolveable polarity that keeps us ...Continue Reading - New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces ⏠Removing the Boundaries to Our Sacredness

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"IndyWatch Feed World": Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines: Netanyahu’s GOP Policy in Tatters, He Snubs White House Invitation (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

By Juan Cole

That Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu functions as a U.S. Republican even as he heads a foreign state disturbed many prominent Democrats, including pro-Israel ones.


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"IndyWatch Feed World": Your News Wire: Tory Minister Claims Some Homeless People ‘Choose To Sleep Rough’ "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Charities have condemned a a senior Tory minister who claimed that some homeless people are actively choosing to sleep rough. During a debate about homelessness on Monday, Communities Minister Baroness Williams said some rough sleepers made a free and conscious decision to be without a bed. Hard to imagine that anyone would choose to sleep in a doorway in sub zero temperatures or even choose a communal bin on a cold or wet night. The Huffington Post reports: Quizzed on why homelessness had quadrupled under the Conservatives two consecutive terms in government, the communities minister explained: “The reasons for rough sleeping are many and complex – they are. And in amongst those numbers there are a number of people who actually do choose to sleep rough.” She continued, despite the questioner, Baroness Armstrong, shaking her head in disbelief, and attempted to defend the government’s record on homelessness. “Without making a comment upon that, this government is committed to not only tackle rough sleeping and ensuring that nobody spends a second night out. “But in one local authority there’s actually no first-night-out programme in place. But my Lords that’s why we have protected, both centrally and locally, homeless prevention programmes.” Charities [...]

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"IndyWatch Feed War": News: 'Our friends': Saudi Arabia and the West "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Big Picture: Best Investing Blogs of 2016, College Investor Edition! "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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Great (albeit incomplete) quasi-alphabetical list via thecollegeinvestor — I am honored to be part of it:

-Jim Blankenship, Financial Ducks In A Row
-Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker
-Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense
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"IndyWatch Feed Politics.au": Catallaxy Files: Surly public servant gets smacked by Senator-elect James Paterson "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Via Andrew Bolt:

JON FAINE: Over the weekend there was a big Liberal Party powwow and they had to decide who was going to replace a retiring Senator. At the next federal election, Michael Ronaldson will stand down as a Senator on the number one spot on the ticket for Victoria and his place will be taken by a man who has helped us out and filled in on The Wrap from time to time. Hailing from the breeding school of Liberal politicians, the IPA – the Institute of Public Affairs – deputy executive director James Paterson leapfrogs his boss John Roskam to the number one spot on the Senate ticket for the Liberal Party. James, good morning to you.
JAMES PATERSON: Good morning Jon, pleasure to be with you.
JON FAINE: What’s wrong with Johnny Roskam? There he is, he’s been your boss, he’s Tim Wilson’s boss, so many IPA people going into politics and he’s still there at the IPA.
JAMES PATERSON: Jon, as you know, John Roskam is one of the great intellectuals in Australian public life today.
JON FAINE: Sorry, say that again.
JAMES PATERSON: John Roskam is one of the great public intellectuals in public life in Australia today, and he has an enormous contribution to make to intellectual life or political life if he chooses.
JON FAINE: A public intellectual? I’ve heard him called many things, but that’s the first time I’ve heard that one.
JAMES PATERSON: Well Jon, what else do you call someone who runs Australia’s biggest think tank, who publishes a weekly column, who has written books and chapters in books, and who delivers lectures and guest speeches? That is the very definition of a public intellectual. In America they review their public intellectuals, and I think we should do the same in Australia because we don’t have as many.
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"IndyWatch Feed Arts": StreetArtNews: “Cuerpo de Adaptación – Ensayo de Proceso Inverso” by Elian in Buenos Aires "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Elian Chali BA ARG - Cuerpo ..... 3

Like all historical neighborhood of all cities in the world, the walls of buildings, are a great test of the time passing by, and historical reflection.

The concept of Elian’s latest work is based on highlighting the original texture of the building with the intention to prove that the city functions as a dynamic body and suffers the evolution of adaptations every day. It is not only a story explicit support related to situations that happen in some specifically space, we can also observe the behavior of architecture related to the local climate. Each element is part of our environment, we built as total persons,on the cities happen the same thing. The end of construction is not the last brick. Build our habitat, never stops.

The piece is located in the district of Barracas in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was coordinated and curated by Pol Corona for Sullair CULTURA.
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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Daily Coin: THE IMPLOSION OF AMERICAN CULTURE "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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"IndyWatch Feed Arts": URBANSHIT: MOSES & TAPS™ Exhibition CORPORATE IDENTITY in Hamburg "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

10298267_457591004433489_6825281555706451925_oCORPORATE IDENTITY Exhibition by MOSES & TAPS™ 8 April – 10 June VERNISSAGE: Friday, 8th of April from 17:00 to 21:00 Golden Hands Gallery Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 87 20355 Hamburg, Germany Opening hours Wed-Sat: 1:00pm – 6:00pm Facebook Event

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"IndyWatch Feed Health": TunedBody: 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Here is a list of 15 things that, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and

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"IndyWatch Feed Craft": The Sewing Rabbit: Sewing tip: Storing your fave patterns "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

This is one of those things that kind of started as a fluke one day. I needed to clean my sewing room in a hurry, and just like you did when you were a kid and you stashed everything in your closet…I slipped my pattern in a spot. And there is stayed. I started realizing just how handy it actually was to keep them there. Not all of them…just my […]

The post Sewing tip: Storing your fave patterns appeared first on The Sewing Rabbit.

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"IndyWatch Feed Arts": URBANSHIT: Fake Sticker mit Hinweis auf 20% höhere Fahrpreise für Männer zum Weltfrauentag in Zürich "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

AjFZPVZCnJgffuj41uX_UF-zTXzCof3J-dQ27PffA9NKDas Schweizer feministische Kollektiv aktivistin.ch hat anlässlich des Weltfrauentags am 8. März in den Zügen und an den Automaten des Zürcher Verkehrsverbunds eine gelungene Kampagne aus Fake-Sticker verklebt. Auf den Stickern steht, dass die Fahrkosten für Männer ab sofort um 20 Prozent erhöht werden, um so an das Lohngefälle zwischen Frauen und Männern angepasst werden. Die Aktion hat in der Schweiz für ordentlich Wirbel in der Presse gesorgt. Foto: aktivistin.ch Die Aktivistinnen schreiben auf ihrer Website: „Mit dieser Aktion und einem Augenzwinkern wollen wir darauf hinweisen, dass die Lohnungleichheit zwischen Frauen und Männern in der Schweiz rund 20% beträgt und genauso ungerecht ist, wie der von uns verlangte Aufschlag der Fahrpreise für Männer. Mit unbegründet weniger Geld ein Leben in der teuren Schweiz zu führen ist empörend. Genau wie unsere Aufforderung an die Männer, mehr für ihre Fahrscheine zu zahlen.“ Foto: aktivistin.ch

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Daily Coin: How Do You Recover From An Economic Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

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"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": The Ecologist: Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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"IndyWatch Feed Arts": URBANSHIT: You got TOASTED! Prank zum Frühstück (Werbung) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Lieken---Golden-Toast-216_webÖffentliche Pranks – also Streiche – haben sich über das letze Jahrzehnt vor allem bei Youtube ziemlich etabliert und ihren festen Platz in der Netzkultur gesichert. Wir featuren hier auf urbanshit auch immer wieder gelungene Pranks, die die Stadt als öffentlichen Spielplatz für ihre Streiche nutzen. Und wie das so ist, hat bereist vor längerem auch die Werbung die Pranks für sich entdeckt und liefert mitunter sehr kreative Streiche. Nun macht der Toastbrot-Hersteller GOLDEN TOAST seinem Namen alle Ehre und hat unter dem passenden Titel You got TOASTED! einen eigenen Prank-Wettbewerb gestartet. Bei You got TOASTED! geht es darum, seinen Mitmenschen am Frühstückstisch einen Streich zu spielen. Egal ob Freundin, Freund, Familie, Airbnb-Gast oder WG Kollege, Hauptsache der Prank ist lustig, keiner kommt ernsthaft zu Schaden und der Streich sitzt bereits am frühen Morgen. Um mitzumachen muss der eigene, selbst ausgedachte Frühstücks-Prank per Video festgehalten und bis zum 20. März 2016 auf der Seite www.you-got-toasted.de hochgeladen werden. Nach Sichtung der Spots werden die Videos auf dem Youtube Channel von GOLDEN TOAST veröffentlicht und die Anzahl der meisten Views entscheidet über die besten Pranks. Das von einer Jury als das lustigste un...

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"IndyWatch Feed Craft": Totally Tutorials: Tutorial - How to Make Apple Butter in a Crockpot "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

http://happierthanapiginmud.blogspot.com/2016/03/micro-batch-of-apple-butter-in-2-quart.html
A tasty way to use up some old apples

Tutorial at Happier than a Pig in Mud Blog

"I had two large apples that were truly past their prime and, in the interest of trying something new, decided to make a Micro Batch of Apple Butter in my itty-bitty two quart Crock Pot. This is a fun little project that only makes about 4oz of jam so it doesn't need to be canned, just stored in the fridge. But it does require stirring so it's best to make it when you plan to be home all day".... Read more

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"IndyWatch Feed Politics.au": Independent Australia: 'Simply extraordinary' Daddy Cool guitarist Ross Hannaford plays last gig "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

'Simply extraordinary' Daddy Cool guitarist Ross Hannaford plays last gigRoss Hannaford, widely regarded as one of Australia's finest rock guitarists, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 65. read now...

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"IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople": News from Survival International: Survival calls for end to Botswana’s Bushman "apartheid” "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Most Bushmen are still forced to live in government resettlement camps, rather than on their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Most Bushmen are still forced to live in government resettlement camps, rather than on their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
© Dominick Tyler

Survival International has launched a campaign calling for an end to a draconian system in Botswana which has broken Bushmen families apart and denied them access to their land. Critics such as veteran anti-apartheid activist Michael Dingake have compared the system to the apartheid-era pass laws.

The call comes in the fiftieth anniversary year of Botswana’s independence.

After having been brutally evicted and forced into government camps between 1997 and 2002, the Bushmen won a historic court victory in 2006 recognizing their right to live on their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Since then, however, this...

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens: Grow a Food Forest – Free Training "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friday mornings 18th March – 8th April, 9am – 12 midday

In this 4 week TAFE OUTREACH course you’ll learn about soil, seed saving, propagation, looking after the health of plants and trees in a lovely community garden.

Places are FREE – Booking Essential. Call Jude on 0411506556

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Daily Coin: The Collapse Of Italy’s Banks Threatens To Plunge The European Financial System Into Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

dollar economy euroby Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog The Italian banking system is a “leaning tower” that truly could completely collapse at literally any moment.  And as Italy’s banks begin to go down like dominoes, it is going to set off financial panic all over Europe unlike anything we have ever seen before.  I wrote about the troubles in Italy back in January, but since that time the crisis has escalated.  At this point, Italian banking stocks...

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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Too hot to be bothered… "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By the time I had left the Nurcoung Bushland Reserve it was getting quite hot (by mid-afternoon it would be low 40’s). Driving out along the rough bush tracks,  I spotted a large male Grey Kangaroo resting in the hole he had scraped in the shade of a bit of scrub. He sat up as I walked closer and then decided it was too hot to leave the shade…he probably reckoned he could take me…I reckon he could too. I walked back to the car and left him to it…

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

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"IndyWatch Feed National": Antony Loewenstein: The “war on drugs” in Guinea-Bissau translated into French "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late last year I visited Guinea-Bissau in West Africa to investigate the country’s role as a key drug smuggling hub between South America and Europe. I published a number of stories about it including in Foreign Policy.

Leading French website Ulyces is committed to translating investigative stories from across the world and bringing back the tradition of financially supported journalism. They’ve translated my Foreign Policy story (with more to come) and I’m happy that French speakers can now read my work around the globe. Here’s a taste (more here):

Nous nous trouvons à Bissau, capitale de la Guinée-Bissau. Les quartiers généraux de la police judiciaire, l’agence du gouvernement chargée de mener la guerre contre les drogues dans le pays, sont situés dans une rue poussiéreuse, au beau milieu de cette capitale d’Afrique de l’Ouest étonnamment silencieuse. À l’intérieur se trouve l’unique laboratoire d’analyse des drogues du pays, un ajout récent dû à l’augmentation du financement de l’Union européenne, qui vise à endiguer le flot de narcotiques qui traversent en permanence les frontières du petit État africain.

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Automatic Earth: Debt Rattle March 8 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

NPC Communist Party Young Communist League, Washington, DC 1925 • China Exports Crash 25.4%, Imports Down 13.8% (ZH) • Conflicting China Policy Objectives Put Reform at Risk (Moody’s) • Despite Slowdown, China’s Oil Imports Surge (WSJ) • China’s Velocity Of Money Is Now The Lowest In The Entire World (ZH) • Central Banks Are Fixing

The post Debt Rattle March 8 2016 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": The Big Picture: Reflections on Macroeconomics Then and Now "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Reflections on Macroeconomics Then and Now
Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer
At the “Policy Challenges in an Interconnected World”
32nd Annual National Association for Business Economics Economic Policy Conference
Washington, D.C. March 7, 2016

 

 

 

I am grateful to the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for conferring the fourth annual NABE Paul A. Volcker Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Policy on me, thereby allowing me the honor of following in the footsteps of Paul Volcker, Jean-Claude Trichet, and Alice Rivlin.1 The honor of receiving the award is enhanced by its bearing the name of Paul Volcker, a model citizen and public servant, and a giant in every sense among central bankers.

One thinks of many things on an occasion such as this one. My mind goes back first to growing up in a very small town in Zambia, then Northern Rhodesia, and to the surprise and delight my parents would have felt at seeing me standing where I am now. They would have been even more delighted that my girlfriend, Rhoda, whom I met when my parents moved to a bigger town in Zimbabwe, and I have been happily married for 50 years. But that is not the story I will tell today. Rather, I want to talk about our field, macroeconomics, and some of the lessons we have learned in the course of the last 55 years–and I say 55 years, because in 1961, at the end of my school years, on the advice of a friend, I read Keynes’s General Theory for the first time.

Did I understand it? Certainly not. Was I captivated by it? Certainly, though “captured” is a more appropriate word than “captivated.” Does it remain relevant? Certainly. Just a week ago I took it off the bookshelf to read parts of...

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"IndyWatch Feed Craft": So Sew Easy: The Crafty Crayon Roll Up "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Crafty Crayon RollI just meet the nicest people online! One being Susan who is an expert quilter and quilting instructor and produces the most amazing quilts she has shared with me, including exquisite hand applique quilts. She doesn’t have a website or anywhere I can share on her behalf, but I know we share an enthusiasm for introducing people to sewing.

She’s been helping some friends get into sewing just recently and a couple of them asked her to write them some instructions on how to make one of those crayon roll ups for kids.  So she made one, took some photos and some notes and sent it on to them. Then she kindly thought of the So Sew Easy community and sent the instructions on over here too in case you’d like to use them.

A Quick and Crafty Crayon Roll is a perfect beginner project.  Your kids will love it as a beautiful and functional place to store crayons and it would also make a terrific gift to take to a birthday party.  I think these would also be great items to sell in your Etsy shop and we’ll be adding this to our popular post about sewing ideas to sell which is linked at the bottom of this post as well.

So here is Susan’s tutorial on ho...

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"IndyWatch Feed Economics": Project Syndicate RSS-Feed: Are Central Banks Really Out of Ammunition? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The global economy faces a chronic problem of deficient nominal demand. Japan is suffering near-zero growth and minimal inflation. But the debate about which policies could boost demand remains inadequate, evasive, and confused.

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"IndyWatch Feed Enviro": The Watchers » Latest articles: Rare huge sinkhole found in Donglan County, China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scientists have discovered a rare huge sinkhole in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The discovery was made during an eight-day expedition by scientists from France and China that began on February 26. Although such sinkholes, also known as...... Read more »

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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: International Women’s Day: Sisters are Doing it for Others "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Womens Day

When Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” they intended the song to liberate women and show they should no longer stand behind a man, but stand next to them. To show that women were now working on their own lives and careers as equals to men. But many women who have forged their way forward have chosen to work hard not for themselves, but for the good of others.

The contribution of women to the betterment of the world has been, and continues to be, great. Elizabeth I brought peace to England during her rein, Florence Nightingale pioneered modern nursing, Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader and instrumental in the fight for racial equality in America, Jane Goodall showed the world the emotional worlds of animals and continues to champion conservation, Malala Yousafzai stood against the Taliban and demanded girls be allowed an education, and who could forget Rosie Batty. These women make only the very tip of the iceberg and have achieved so much primarily for good of others, for humanity as a whole and for our feathered, furry and finned friends.

As you will already be aware, animals are incredibly intuitive and have a way of knowing when we need to be comforted and will offer it without reservation. For International Women’s Day we want to introduce you to, or remind you of, a few of our own female residents who are making a difference.

Vet Nurse Ruby

Ruby

Once upon a time Ruby had a human who saw her failure to round up sheep as reason enough to have her shot, fortunately the friend he enlisted to carry out th.......

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Counting the Knight and the Daze "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kellie Knight and the Daze are back again to play at their favourite venue in Byron Bay this Friday.

The Daze bring their beloved hometown fans a first set of jazz with plenty of instrumental and vocal action and build the night up to dance floor fun with upbeat originals within their unique brand of new soul music

A seven-piece fusion of urban soul, funk and jazz improvisation, fronted by powerhouse vocalist Kellie Knight, this music is delivered with a conscious lyric, deep groove and raw emotive and soulful insistence.

Count your Knight and Daze until this Friday, March 11 at the Rails in Byron.

Kellie and the band are also playing on March 12 the Night Quarter Market on the Gold Coast.

The post Counting the Knight and the Daze appeared first on Echonetdaily.

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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Kawasaki ZX-10R recall on steering issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kawasaki ZX-10R winter edition supercharged

Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki Motors Australia has recalled the 2016 model Ninja ZX-10R sports bike over a steering damper issue which could potentially cause an accident.

The ACCC recall notice says the steering damper bracket mounting bolts could break due to over tightening during assembly.

“The bracket may separate from the frame which could cause interference with the steering creating the potential for an accident,” it says.

Identifying features:

  • ZX1000SGF JKAZXCS1?GA000602 – JKAZXCS1?GA002680
  • ZX1000SGFA JKAZXCS1?GA000808 – JKAZXCS1?GA001132
  • ZX1000SGFB JKAZXCS1?GA000786 – JKAZXCS1?GA000862
  • ZX1000RGFA JKAZXCR1?GA000361 – JKAZXCR1?GA000364

The bikes were sold from December 11, 2015 to February 22, 2016.

Customers with affected units will be contacted by mail. Consumers with affected units should contact their local Authorised Kawasaki Motorcycle Dealership to book in their motorcycle for a free repair.

 

 

 

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: POLITICAL STATEMENT of the ULMWP Indonesia Supports Palestinian Independence? What about West Papua? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

POLITICAL STATEMENT of the ULMWP

Indonesia Supports Palestinian Independence? What about West Papua?

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) just held its extraordinary summit in Jakarta from 6 to 7 March, with the theme "Independence is the right of all nations". The Government of the Republic of Indonesia reaffirmed its support for the independence and sovereignty of Palestine. In fact, through a bila...

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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Victory cautious over noise issues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Victory Gunner Victory Charger

Victory Gunner

Victory Motorcycles Australia has cautiously recalled several 2015/16 models over noise emissions issues, even though “very few” may be affected.

The recall notice says noise levels “may not meet the regulatory requirements when the affected motorcycle is ridden under normal conditions”.

“The motorcycle may not meet noise emissions standard required by UN ECE R41, certified to ADR 83/00.”

Bikes affected are the 2015/16 Vegas, Hammer, Gunner, Judge, Highball, Jackpot and Boardwalk.

Customers should return their bikes to Victory Motorcycle dealers to have them checked and, if necessary, rectified for free.

Victory Motorcycles Australia and New Zealand country manager Peter Harvey says “very few, if any” customers may require modifications to their bike.

“There may be some bikes that have an incorrect airbag part fitted that can affect noise levels,” he says.

“All bikes we have checked locally so far are not affected but of course we do like to be on the front foot and if there are any bikes that do have the incorrect part fitted, we need to be aware and act appropriately.

“The check is a very simple visual look and if affected, the correct part takes very little time to fit.

“Customers have had letters sent to them advising them and what steps to take if required.”

 

 

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – For Whom the Pell Tolls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ChurchbellNo-one is impressed with Cardinal Pell. Not the average punter. Not most Catholics. Not Tim Minchin. Not the adult survivors of clerical abuse. Not Justice Peter McClellan. Not even the pope. And certainly not God.

Being brought up Catholic I do remember the long Sunday sermons referring to the caretaking relationship of shepherds and their flocks – with the persistent message being that the shepherd never abandons his flock. Story after story about caring for sheep. As a child I began to think that religion was just a passionate branch of animal husbandry that focused primarily on the welfare of sheep.

It was hard to really see what it had to do with me. After all, I didn’t have any sheep. And if I had sheep I’d certainly look after them. Later of course I realised that the aforementioned ‘sheep’ is not actually sheep at all. Sheep is Us. We are God’s metaphorical sheep. I am a sheep. You are a sheep.

It’s unflattering and crude, and personally I would have preferred if he’d chosen ducks. Or even chooks. Something less homogenous and Anglocentric. And the Shepherd, well that’s the clergy. People like Pell. So when your chief duty is the wellbeing and safety of your flock, I wonder how you can lose interest. Especially when the most vulnerable members of your flock are being devoured by wolves. Wolves from God’s side of the fence.

I would...

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The original Blues Brothers Band "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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No-one forgets the Blues Brothers. It’s one of those musical films that stays with you, and for Blue Lou Marini (he’s the one in the pic, holding the sax) it’s stayed with him for six decades.

The original Blues Brother, Marini has been there since the beginning, and it’s something that continues to surprise him.

‘If you had told me in 1987 that I’d be getting ready to tour Australia with the Blues Brothers Band I’d say you’d be out of your mind!’

But the passion for the music of the Blues Brothers has remained as fervent as ever, with the band remaining true to the spirit of the original inception.

‘It’s nice in this day and age to see a totally natural band. There is no pitch correction and no giant production; it’s pure energy. It’s been a continual source of amazement. We may not play for three years, but then we are bac. Sure we have lost members along the way but all the band members there now have been there for minimum of 10 years.’

Marini has made a name for himself as a sideman in various high-profile groups, and any top New York jazz musician will tell you, ‘He’s on...

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The Good Life Snippets – March 9, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Balcony

The Balcony, an iconic location that had lost its lustre with locals over the past few years, has received a facelift at the hands of its experienced new owners, and chef Sean Connolly (profiled last week in Good Life) was in town last week to show off the new menu. There were a number of dishes straight from the menus of their other successful restaurants, such as The Morrison in Sydney, including an excellent vegetarian gnocchi with mushrooms that’s worth trying. Expect to see some more vegetarian dishes, and an increased use of local produce as the venue develops.

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I’ve always been a bit put off by the simple tables of this budget, BYO Vietnamese restaurant at the end of the arcade off 17 Lawson Street, but we popped in for a casual meal last Friday night and were pleasantly surprised; this was good value for Byron. It’s a family-run place, the service was quick and friendly and the pho was particularly flavoursome, apparently owing to long nights spent tending to the stock.

Boomerang fundraising dinner

Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Café and Indigenous hatted chef Clayton Donovan, among others, are joining forces at Coorabell Hall on Friday 18 March for ‘Ja Nghari’, a $180 per-head-dinner for 80 people only. All profits from the night will go to Boomerang Festival. To book, visit https://events.bizzabo.com/boomerang.

The post The Good Life Snippets – M.......

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sustainability meets fantasy at Fins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fins-Restaurant

By Caz Parker

As luminary chef Steven Snow schmoozes with patrons on a balmy Friday night, I learnt that, although Fins has won ‘Chef Hat’ awards consistently for twenty years what really gets Steven tapping his hand on his heart with pride is the ‘Most Sustainable Seafood Restaurant’ award [SMH Good Food Guide 2015].

Steven’s quest for sustainable methods means prosperity from the Pacific Ocean must be line-caught, and he embodies a genuine ‘Pacific-to-plate’ ambition.

Steven is effervescent as he explains that virtually every wine at Fins comes from a sustainable wine producer. ‘It has to start in the vineyard,’ he says. ‘We research and check all their biodynamic methods. We don’t just take their word for it’.

Fins’ sustainable ideology translates to quality and flavour on our table. The fact that Fins’ service and atmosphere also ooze ‘fabulosity’ is icing on the cake. Renovated last June, Fins is a place you dream of discovering on an exotic adventure.

Antique chandeliers, nautical lamps and candlelight shed a golden glow across the vintage timber. The pressed-metal and split-level ceiling panels hint at an oriental past life. Pre-loved plantation shutters and banks of bottle-green palms cloak the room in colonial charm. 

The wooden-pegged napkins reveal a welcome abandonment of stifling fine dining conventions and Steven’s ‘no rules’ approach to experimentation.

As you sink into the ­intimate booths you are transported to another worl.......

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: A busy town to run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MIRBOO North may be small but there is plenty happening to keep the town busy with a new community project coordinator set to take the reins this year.

South Gippsland Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year Maxine Kiel has dedicated years of her life to organising community events around the township and said she looks forward to the appointment of a new coordinator to share the load.

“We are looking for a community coordinator to work in the town for two days a week,” Ms Kiel said.

“They would work from the Grain Store in organising Mirboo North’s many community events alongside council and the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation.”

Last month alone saw Mirboo North residents hop to and from events such as Mirboo North Idol and the Italian Festa, while the rest of the calendar year is jam packed with a plethora of events, from community markets to local charity fundraisers, art shows and everything in between.

“Everybody wants to see their town thrive and there are a number of groups who work to service the community here,” Ms Kiel said.

“So many people are working to keep money in the town and make the area a better place for everybody to live in.”

Mirboo North will also welcome new community events in the future with talk of a Mind, Body and Soul festival coming to town.

“We would like to bring together psychics, reiki, massage and other forms of alternative therapies to Mirboo North for people to try,” Ms Kiel said.

“They would all have stalls in the park and it would give people an opportunity to try something they would not otherwise explore.”

The appointment of the new community coordinator will mean a big shift in the organisation of such events in the town.

“It is going to be exciting having somebody step into these coordinator roles across the community,” Ms Kiel said.

“They will be responsible for planning markets and looking at grant applications. It will be a f...

14:32

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Show shines again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA’s ninth annual Show’n’Shine proved to be a massive success with a glorious range of vintage and custom cars parked at Leongatha Velodrome on Sunday.

The fine weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for the event with hundreds of families, tourists and car enthusiasts in attendance.

Mechanics and amateur motorists lined up at 9am to gain entry to the extensive swap meet, where a wide range of car parts and accessories were on offer.

Rotary Club of Leongatha was responsible for putting on another successful event with the club’sJohn O’Connor relieved to see another Show’n’Shine thrive.

“The great thing about our event is that our exhibitors know they are being fairly judged for their entries,” Mr O’Connor said.

“People who enter their cars put in a lot of time preparing their vehicles for shows. We have an incredible team of judges who look at every detail of every entry to ensure the very best win.

“This year has been fantastic. We have had some new teams come on board to bring in great attractions and it was a great atmosphere with plenty of people coming along throughout the day. It is a relief to have pulled off another successful year.”

Guests were welcomed at the velodrome by Jared Lovie’s V8 supercar, which was exhibited on its first outing in history.

Aspiring racers got a chance to go behind the wheel and experience the racetrack first hand at the Howell V8 Simulator.

Wonthaggi’s Daniel Zanella claimed the fastest time on the computer simulation track with a best of 1.10.284.

Leongatha’s very own Leon Watchorn took home the exhibitors choice award for his 1940s Ford Coupe while Gary Everitt of Wonthaggi, took home the two big prizes when he won the Shannon’s Insurance entry of show and the Meguiar’s best engine bay, both for his 1971 Ford SYGT.

Motorshow commentator Pinky Fellows kept the crowds entertained with his informative discussions with local part traders and som...

14:28

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Countdown to cancer relay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE countdown is on to the opening of the South Gippsland Relay for Life taking place at Terrill Park in Fish Creek on the weekend of March 19-20.

Teams have already raised almost $22,000 in the lead up to the relay, which bodes well for reaching the $25,000 goal set by the committee.

So far, 348 people have registered to walk laps of Terrill Park in an 18 hour marathon that kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, March 19.

Participants have signed up with 21 teams and will share the task of keeping someone on the track at all times from each team, walking through the night until the relay finishes at 9am Sunday.

Anyone not currently in a team who wishes to sign up can log on to the Cancer Council’s website and choose a team to help out or can register on the day.

The $25 registration fee goes towards the team’s fundraising total. Walkers do not need to spend the 18 hours of the relay walking; teams will determine their own rosters for walkers so the load is shared and no one is obliged to be there for the whole time.

If you can spare even just half an hour, please come along!

Businesses in Foster, Meeniyan and Fish Creek were encouraged to help ‘Paint The Town Purple’ by dressing up their windows in the purple and yellow colours of the relay. The committee thanks those who participated.

At the event, Davo’s Party Hire will be providing the ‘main event’ entertainment with a mechanical bull from 4-6pm.

From 3.30pm onwards there will be activities for young and old, including a jumping castle and face painting.

Get ‘inked’ with Deb from Tatt’s Terrific or have a putt with the Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower Men’s Shed mini golf.

If pampering is more your style, Catherine’s Hair Techniques will be braiding hair and masseurs will be available to pamper relay walkers.

The littlies will be kept busy with the Bush Link Mobile Children’s Network Toy area while m...

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": cairnsnews.org: Katter castagates government working for the party only "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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In this video Bob tells parliament to start working for the constituents and not their political party as they have already lost our ability to produce our own goods anymore.

Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0pFJ7-dcF7wa2o3R0ZHMmUtYzQ/view?usp=sharing


12:58

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: War history unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A SEVENTY year old Japanese flag was presented to the Inverloch RSL on Friday afternoon.

The flag was captured in Borneo by Ronald Victor Dunlop on July 3, 1945. He was part of the 2/3 Commando Unit in World War Two and the brother of Wonthaggi’s Stewart Dunlop, who kindly donated the flag.

The flag will be displayed with the World War Two memorabilia in the passage of the RSL.

“We’ve been surprised by what’s turning up,” Inverloch RSL’s Col Leviston said.

“Stewart has had the flag in his possession since his brother gave it to him in 1946. He decided to donate it to us now to help further our memorabilia display at the RSL.”

RSL president Trevor Scott thanked Mr Dunlop for his donation.

“For many, this flag doesn’t have many good memories attached, but it was our soldier who captured it,” he said.

“Although it was 70 years ago and our memories are starting to fade, we hope this will help the younger generations appreciate what these soldiers went through. I look at this flag now and think ‘we won’.”

 

Display: from left, Inverloch RSL president Trevor Scott, Wonthaggi’s Stewart Dunlop and Col Leviston showcase the Japanese flag captured by Mr Dunlop’s brother during World War Two.

Display: from left, Inverloch RSL...

12:54

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Family creates art together "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN INVERLOCH family of artists is now exhibiting works showcasing environmental and humanist concepts of lost and found worlds at Meeniyan Art Gallery.

Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve opened Water and Earth on Sunday, February 28.

Jen and Genevieve created work in textiles, printmaking and sculpture.

“Our work is very colourful and created with the hope to make the onlooker think about their environment and their place in it,” Jen said.

Genevieve’s biggest piece is called the 100 Lost Worlds and consists of 100 individual textile landscapes, created over the past 12 months to create one coherent piece, exploring colour and the many possible images of the world.

Jen said, “A lot of my work references Ediacaran fossils, refugees and also the environmental impacts the human race is having with rubbish and plastic use.

“In particular, my 37 Babies sculpture, made very recently references the refugee crisis.”

Robert’s photographs – The Found Series – show natural found objects at the beach, and are non-altered images, strikingly beautiful in colour and composition.

The opening was a great success, supported by friends, family and fellow artists.

Inverloch artist Susan Hall opened the exhibition.

All relative: Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve (centre) are now exhibiting their show Water and Earth at Meeniyan Art Gallery.

All relative: Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve (centre) are now exhibiting their show Water and Earth at Meeniy...

12:49

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Playground knocked back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DESPITE a population swell in Dalyston, Bass Coast Shire Council has refused to push for a playground in the town.

Dalyston’s resident Lauren Kenny petitioned for a playground to be built late last year, but 160 signatures were not enough to sway council’s decision.

According to council, there were no suitable locations in Dalyston for a playground to be approved.

Ms Kenny has two daughters in primary school who have felt the sting of boredom during weekends and school holidays due to the lack of amenities in the town, and they are not the only children grappling for something to do.

“Without a park, there’s nothing for the children to do,” Ms Kenny said.

“We have children who choose to skate on driveways and some who have even taken the slide down at the primary school for a makeshift ramp. It’s not their fault; they are trying their best with what we have.”

Ms Kenny said Dalyston wass one of the fastest growing towns in Bass Coast but without appropriate amenities, the town’s appeal was fading.

Dalyston has a population of 400 people. The population increased significantly over the last decade due to the growth of Wonthaggi and the Victorian Desalination Project.

According to council, its population is forecasted to increase to 600 people by 2031.

While going to the swimming pool or parks in the Wonthaggi may be an option for two car families, other families are forced to struggle to keep their children happy and entertained.

“We have the luxury of having two cars, but the same can’t be said for all families in Dalyston. The other problem is there’s no central parent hub. We are a relatively new family in Dalyston and there’s no chance of meeting other parents because there’s nowhere for families to socialise,” Ms Kenny said.

She initiated the petition to rally fellow residents and start considerations for an ideal location.

“A playground was part of the original plan at the rec...

12:40

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Daughter’s touching tribute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MIRBOO North’s Heidi Wheeler will shave her head this month to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

For Ms Wheeler, disease hit home 16 years ago when her mum Barbara passed away from multiple myeloma.

“She was 46 when she passed away,” Ms Wheeler said.

“The doctors told her she had three months to live but she fought for six months.

“I think she would get a kick out of me doing this. She would love the attention she has been getting.”

Ms Wheeler started fundraising in October 2015 with a goal to raise $560. After reaching that sum she chose to aim for $1200.

“I put fundraising tins at Mirboo North BP, the newsagency and the supermarket. A lot of people have been putting coins in towards the cause,” she said.

Mirboo North’s Wednesday Warriors have also jumped on board for event.

The community group donated loads of wood to be raffled, with all proceeds going to Ms Wheeler’s campaign.

Ms Wheeler will lose her locks on Sunday, March 12 outside Mirboo North IGA. Weekend Warriors will hold a sausage sizzle and a children’s face paint artist will be on the scene funds all going to the cause.

“I figure it is just hair and I am not really nervous about going bald,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Any form of fundraising is fantastic, for any sort of cancer. It all adds up and makes a massive difference.”

Ms Wheeler moved to Mirboo North from Narre Warren a year ago and said the community support had been overwhelming.

“Everybody has been really supportive. People have stopped me on the street to give me money for the campaign. It is great to know there are good people in the world,” she said.

Ms Wheeler also got the opportunity to spread the word about the cause when World’s Greatest Shave selected her to voice an ad for Gippsland radio stations.

Donors will be able to contribute up April 15 when all entries for the World’s Greatest Shave are to be returned.

To sponsor...

12:36

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rail trail extension officially open "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

HUNDREDS of people gathered at the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve on Friday to witness the official opening of the Great Southern Rail Trail’s latest $1.8 million instalment.

The new section of trail links Koonwarra to Meeniyan with a shaded bush track and three bridges equipped to take walkers, cyclists and horses.

The entire Great Southern Rail Trail now spans 69km from Leongatha to Welshpool without interruptions.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton was pleased to see the new section of trail open, offering the shire a new community asset both as a recreational track and tourist attraction.

“It was established the rail trail will be of an economic benefit to South Gippsland, increasing revenue by $4.8 million a year in tourism and flow on revenue for local businesses,” he said.

“Thank you to the community for its ongoing support of the rail trail.”

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing was invited to take part in the opening ceremony and noted the many benefits the new trail will offer, especially to people in nearby Koonwarra and Meeniyan towns.

“The rail trail offers an enormous benefit to the community both in terms of health, social activity and economic benefits,” Ms Shing said.

The $1.8 million project has come to fruition with 2.6 kilometres of trail, linked by three bridges. Local contractors worked to replace one bridge and refurbish the other two.

“I hope to see many people out there keeping active and doing South Gippsland proud,” Ms Shing said.

The middle bridge, a refurbished trestle bridge, is a particular highlight, combining old architecture with sound construction to create a stunning platform that can be seen from the South Gippsland Highway.

Funding was obtained by the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee when the State Government gave $1.3 million to the project in October 2014.

South Gippsland Shire Council funded the remaining.........

12:25

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rate cap backflip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Council may retain the 2.5 per cent rate cap, following angst from ratepayers.

An overwhelming 73 per cent of ratepayers demanded council adhere to the State Government’s rate cap, while only 11 per cent thought a 4.7 per cent variation was justified.

A citizens’ petition also showed 2903 signatures supporting the rate cap.

Adrian Banks from Inverloch NewsXpress was pleased council revealed it may be leaning in favour of the cap, and believed it would give council plenty of room to move while respecting the livelihood of its ratepayers.

“I think the rate cap is a good idea. I think it offers enough without council needing to make damaging cuts to community projects. They need to learn to live more frugally,” he said.

Mr Banks said council needed to hire fewer consultants along the way.

“I was disappointed to hear $50,000 was spent on a survey for a wind turbine blade park. It’s needless things like that council really need to stop and consider,” he said.

“Council need a new mindset about what things are supposed to cost. There would be scope to find savings if council weren’t spending extraordinary amounts.

Mr Banks said he was also disappointed with the feedback survey released about the rate cap.

“We would ask what projects we would like to see cut if council retains the 2.5 per cent rate cap. That’s not what this is about. It’s about what council can do better to be more efficient,” he said.

“I think they went about things the wrong way and they could save more money if they use fewer consultants. They spend too much money on consultants when they have officers who could do the same thing and they hire three people to do jobs one person could complete.”

Council CEO Paul Buckley said the community engagement achieved what it set out to do – establish whether the community supported a variation to the cap and where they believed council should reduce expenditure, servic...

12:12

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Health service CEO resigns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Health (BCH) CEO Veronica Jamison resigned last week, leaving behind a multitude of ongoing problems.

The Wonthaggi Hospital has battled crippling debt for the past few years, and will now be forced to seek a new CEO on top of new strategies to combat the financial struggles.

Ms Jamison was the hospital CEO for 16 months, but decided she would not renew her two year contract last week.

“Ms Jamison advised us of her decision and the board decided a handover would be effective immediately,” board chairman Peter Laydon said.

“Immediate resignation is a common practice in an organisation such as this. Ms Jamison had a two year contract, which would’ve expired later this year. The board decided if her heart wasn’t in it, we would pay her out in lieu and find a replacement so she could pursue other avenues and have some time off.”

For the time being, chief operating officer from Peninsula Health Jan Child has been appointed interim CEO.

“Ms Child was recognised as an appropriate replacement by the Department of Health. The official handover began on March 7 (yesterday),” Mr Laydon said.

In accepting the role, Ms Child will face the challenges posed by a $2 million deficit putting pressures on the hospital’s budget.

Mr Laydon said there were three main areas causing BCH’s struggles: the emergency department (ED), the aged care facility and transport.

“The ED is expensive to run and numbers are low in our aged care facility,” Mr Laydon said.

“We are also footing the bill when patients are transferred to Melbourne, which is a considerable cost.

“However, we are absolutely looking for ways to decrease our debt. We hope this year’s budget will bring the results we are looking for and we will be back in the black in the next two to three years.”

BCH closed its Watt Street facility in a recent attempt to save money, but which did not prove to be a significant boost.

Mr Laydon...

12:02

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians plus all the negative effects of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy.

There is a need for people to hold a body positive image. A lot of people have hang ups about the human body and can not distinguish between non-sexual nudity and pornography. People are living creatures and part of nature, not superior or detached from it. Shame or disgust of human bodies, it all their colours, shapes and sizes is a form of prejudice.

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and mineral oil) causes environmental damage including climate change, air pollution, acid rain and water pollution. The destruction of our natural environment threatens all living things with extinction. We face the carbon-induced nemesis of nature.

Without using nuclear fuels (uranium, plutonium) nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons, depleted uranium tipped weapons and nuclear contamination would not exist. Exposure to nuclear radiation causes cancer, genetic mutations and death. Nuclear material remains radioactive virtually forever.

Health Problems including asthma and respiratory illnesses occur partly because of the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. Obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise come from our sedentary car-addicted lifestyles.

We see violence everyday because of the fraudulent wars fought over oil, road rage and deaths and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists from motorised vehicles. Worldwide it was estimated that 1.2 million people were killed and 50 million more were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2004. We need a peaceful and gentler world which includes our roads.

For a future to exist for tomorrow’s generations, we must stop exploiting mineral energy, stop polluting the Earth, stop fighting and killing in the name of consumerist wealth accumulation and learn to....

11:21

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Protect Great Barrier Reef’s natural beauty and economic value "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling for greater protection for the Great Barrier Reef to ensure it can continue to attract millions of international visitors to enjoy it’s stunning beauty.

New figures released today reveal the extent to which tourism underpins the strength of the Queensland and Australian economy, with the Great Barrier Reef being one of the international attractions.

Last year Queensland welcomed 1.1 million international tourists, with the industry bringing in $5 billion to the Queensland economy.

Imogen Zethoven Great Barrier Reef campaign director at AMCS said these figures show how important it is that the Federal Government protects the Reef to help grow the Queensland tourism industry.

“The tourism industry is growing, but our greatest asset, the Great Barrier Reef, is under threat.

“This week we saw the first signs of low level but widespread coral bleaching at Lizard Island. Scientists are worried about further bleaching occurring along the Reef’s coastline.

“If we want to help the growing tourism industry we need to protect the Reef’s beauty from global warming and help prevent further bleaching events.

“The Federal Government can protect a sustainable tourism industry by helping to end the threats the Reef faces, including global warming, by stopping the mining and burning coal and rapidly transitioning to renewable energy.

“Prime Minister Turnbull can show he is serious about the future of Queensland by investing in the Reef and renewables,” said Ms Zethoven

The post Protect Great Barrier Reef’s natural beauty and economic value appeared first on Fight for the Reef.

11:19

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Mr Pyne’s decision to stand for the Great Barrier Reef reflects the views of the majority of Queenslanders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has said that Mr Pyne’s concern for protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani coal mine are in line with the views of the vast majority of Queenslanders.

Imogen Zethoven the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS said “The continuation of a stable government in Queensland is important but Mr Pyne has made a decision in line with the interests and concerns of the Queensland people who want a healthy Reef and are deeply concerned about global warming and coral bleaching.

“These are important issues. Queenslanders want the Reef protected. We don’t want massive coal mines expanded when we need to be tackling global warming with great urgency, to save the Reef and the 69,000 jobs that depend on it.

“The mining and burning of coal threatens the Great Barrier Reef by causing global warming, the warming of the Reef’s waters and coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing a widespread coral bleaching event.

“The majority of Queenslanders don’t want to see the Abbot Point coal terminal expanded to facilitate the massive Carmichael coal mine. An expanded port means more dredging and hundreds more coal ships ploughing through the Great Barrier Reef’s waters.

“The ALP in Queensland came to power on the promise that they would not approve dredging at Abbot Point before financial close.

“Right now the Reef could face the third coral bleaching event in the last twenty years. The economic and environmental case to reject new coal mines in favour of renewables is undeniable. The future of the Great Barrier Reef depends on it,” said Ms Zethoven.

“As the Member for Cairns, Mr Pyne was an active supporter of the ban on sea-dumping in the Great Barrier Reef and spoke out strongly against the proposed dredging of Trinity Inlet, which would add to pollution of Great Barrier Reef waters.

AMCS and GetUp! launched a TV commercial on March 6th to h...

10:47

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: About time govt looked at holiday-lets: mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron mayor Simon Richardson's plan for the shire to become Australia's first 'zero emissions community' has been adopted by council.

Byron mayor Simon Richardson says his council won’t wait for a state government report on holiday letting before introducing its own controls.

Chris Dobney

Byron mayor Simon Richardson has welcomed a state government inquiry into holiday letting across the state but says he won’t hold his breath waiting for the report.

Cr Richardson, who was too busy to attend the inquiry’s only regional sitting in the Tweed yesterday, said it was ‘obvious’ the state government should do something to ‘provide certainty’ to the tourism industry and local communities.

He described it as ‘a wicked problem that requires all community groups to give a little to get something.’

And while he welcomed the move, he said Byron council would press ahead with its own plan regardless.

‘We’ve been waiting for the state government for decades – and they’ve failed regional tourist centres for decades. We can’t stop and wait for them,’ he told Echonetdaily.

The Greens mayor has been pivotal in attempting to broker a deal between holiday-let business owners and self-described ‘victims’ who have been at loggerheads for years.

Under his mayoralty Byron Shire Council has prepared amendments to its LEP to regulate the practice, despite a Land and Environment Court ruling in 2013 that it was technically illegal.

The proposal went on exhibition late last year. Some 60 submissions were received and it will be referred back to...

10:19

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Street artist to repaint damaged mural in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

nternational street artist Guido van Helten will be creating a new work to replace his well-known artwork in the Back Alley Gallery during Eat the Street this weekend. (supplied)

International street artist Guido van Helten will be creating a new work to replace his well-known artwork in the Back Alley Gallery during Eat the Street this weekend. (supplied)

The street artist responsible for a mural that was damaged in a vandalism attack is set to return to Lismore to create a new work.

Guido van Helten, a former student from Southern Cross University, has been invited back to take part in the Eat the Street promotion, which takes place on Saturday, 12 March.

A mural of a girl previously painted by van Helten was damaged last year when an unknown person threw buckets of paint on it.

Back Alley Gallery project manager Erin Lewis said she was overwhelmed by the community response to the damage and invited Guido back to create a new work.

Guido van Helten has taken part in art projects right across the globe and his work can be found in the streets of major cities from Australia to the United Kingdom, Iceland, Italy and the Ukraine.

‘His work has come a long way since he did the girl. Like all artists his style has evolved and changed,’ she said.

‘We have no idea what he’s going to do – we are leaving it entirely up to him to decide.”

Ms Lewis said while the girl had been a stand-out feature of the Back Alley Gallery since it began in 2011, the very nature of the space is that it should evolve.

‘Guido is such a high-calibre artist and I think people will reall...

09:56

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Critics slam police cannabis claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

Police have been accused of inflating the value of cannabis plants seized during annual helicopter raids, and of taking ‘medicine’ away from sick people.

NSW Police issued a media release this week saying that $20 million worth of cannabis plants had been seized during the 2015/16 ‘Cannabis Eradication Program’.

Police seized plants in the Richmond, Mid North Coast, Manning Great Lakes, Tweed/Byron and Coffs/Clarence local area commands.

Police said the total number of cannabis plants seized during program this year was 10,705, with an estimated potential street value of $21.4 million.

09:23

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New legislation brands peaceful protesters as ‘eco-fascists’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 5000 people rallied against CSG in the northern rivers. Photo Darren Coyne

Peaceful protests such as this one in Lismore in 2014 could be outlawed under new state government legislation. Photo Darren Coyne

Chris Dobney

New legislation to be tabled in NSW Parliament today that would brand peaceful protesters as ‘eco-fascists’ and hand police sweeping new powers has been described as an attack on democracy.

Author, academic and activist Aidan Ricketts told Echonetdaily the planned state legislation was part of ‘a concerted attempt by conservative states to outlaw protest; giving business the right to continue unhindered by the democratic process.’

‘You kind of get the feeling that police get to write their own legislation with this government,’ Mr Ricketts said.

He added that while the detail of the bill had yet to be released ‘it looks like they might give themselves the power to seize anything that might be used for lock-ons, such as bike locks, chains and even farming equipment.’

The move has come as the Sydney Morning Herald revealed today the government has simultaneously ushered in smaller alternative penalties to court prosecution for a range of offences by CSG and mining c...

09:05

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld Nickel fate in creditors’ hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Clive Palmer has won back control of Queensland Nickel. ( AFP)

Clive Palmer has won back control of Queensland Nickel. ( AFP)

Clive Palmer has seized back control of his ailing north Queensland nickel refinery but the fate of the firm remains in the hands of creditors.

Administrators FTI Consulting announced on Monday that Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd had been replaced as the Yabulu Refinery’s manager by Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd which is run by Mr Palmer and controlled by two of his entities.

Mr Palmer has been able to keep the refinery and associated Townsville Port facilities open by securing $23 million of funding outside Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd.

While the administrators will no longer oversee operations, they will evaluate proposals put forward for any potential restructure or liquidation of the firm and make recommendations to creditors by April 15.

It will then be up to creditors to decide the future of the refinery.

Prior to being replaced as manager, FTI Consulting said they had given “strong consideration” to placing the refinery into care and maintenance due to trading losses as well as concerns over plant maintenance, safety and environmental issues.

Mr Palmer has described the restructure as a long-term solution.

 

The post Qld Nicke...

09:03

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Palm Island cop denies race assumptions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Detective Inspector Warren Webber. (AAP)

Detective Inspector Warren Webber. (AAP)

The detective in charge of investigating a high-profile death in custody has denied going into the probe assuming the white arresting officer was not responsible for the Aboriginal man’s death.

Detective Inspector Warren Webber was sent to Palm Island after the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee on the local watchhouse floor in November 2004.

A Federal Court racial discrimination trial in Townsville on Monday heard he shared a meal and beer with Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, the arresting officer, on the first night of the investigation.

Sen Sgt Hurley also picked up the investigating team, including his friend, Detective Sergeant Darren Robinson, from the airport.

Det Insp Webber admitted the meal was inappropriate and that some community members thought the investigation was unfair.

Counsel for Palm Islanders Chris Ronalds SC accused him of going into the investigation with a closed mind.

‘As a white man and a police officer you didn’t believe … that a white police officer would have any responsibility for the death of an Aboriginal man in custody,’ she said.

‘That’s not true,’ Det Insp Webber replied.
A preliminary coroner’s report into Mr Doomadgee’s death sparked rio...

09:01

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Credlin slams affair rumours as ‘bile’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with his Chief of Staff Peta Credlin during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. A new book by journalist Niki Savva, titled The Road to Ruin, says Mr Abbott was warned he would lose the prime ministership unless he dumped Ms Credlin. (AAP)

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with his Chief of Staff Peta Credlin during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. A new book by journalist Niki Savva, titled The Road to Ruin, says Mr Abbott was warned he would lose the prime ministership unless he dumped Ms Credlin. (AAP)

Peta Credlin has hit back at suggestions she had an affair with her boss, former prime minister Tony Abbott, labelling them “bile”.

A new book from journalist Niki Savva released on Monday claims colleagues suspected an affair between Mr Abbott and his chief of staff, Ms Credlin.

Ms Credlin slammed the claims in The Road to Ruin as “completely false, utterly untrue, unfounded and wrong” in The Australian on Tuesday.

Writing in the newspaper, Ms Credlin says she’s long been a victim of attacks from Ms Savva despite barely knowing her.

She hopes the attack doesn’t dissuade smart women from a career in politics.

‘I know I am...

08:58

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Two charged after deadly Sydney siege "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A tactical police officer stands near a covered body of a man near a factory in an industrial area of Ingleburn, a suburb 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Sydney. A man who police say fatally shot one person and wounded two others inside a western Sydney business was found dead inside the building after a six-hour standoff. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A tactical police officer stands near a covered body of a man near a factory in an industrial area of Ingleburn, a suburb 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Sydney. A man who police say fatally shot one person and wounded two others inside a western Sydney business was found dead inside the building after a six-hour standoff. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A man and a woman have been charged following a deadly siege at a signage business in a southwest Sydney industrial estate.

The stand-off on Monday ended with the 33-year-old gunman taking his own life, six hours after tactical response officers swarmed Ingleburn business Inline on Monday just before 11am when three brothers were shot, one fatally.

A 52-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were charged overnight, police said on Tuesday.

The gunman, who was thought to be armed with an assault rifle, held hostages in the factory unit as negotiators tried to get him to surrender.

Three hostages were released just after 5p...

08:56

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Former US first lady Nancy Reagan dies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

first lady Nancy Reagan, left, gets a laugh with Ray Charles, center, and Willie Nelson, right, and other entertainers at a salute to country music at Constitution Hall in Washington. The former first lady has died at 94. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)

first lady Nancy Reagan, left, gets a laugh with Ray Charles, center, and Willie Nelson, right, and other entertainers at a salute to country music at Constitution Hall in Washington. The former first lady has died at 94. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)

Nancy Reagan, one of the most influential first ladies in US history, has died at the age of 94.

The former actor was fiercely protective of her husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and his Alzheimer’s disease.

She died on Sunday of congestive heart failure, the Reagan library said.
Michael Reagan said on Twitter he was saddened by his stepmother’s death.

“She is once again with the man she loved,” he wrote.
Her husband, who affectionately called her “Mommy” while she called him “Ronnie,” died in 2004 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, the progressive brain disorder that destroys memory.

As Nancy Davis, she was a Hollywood actress during the 1940s and 1950s and married Reagan, a prominent film actor, in 1952.
Sh...

08:52

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: UK solar farms to create natural habitats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Threatened wildlife including turtle doves and skylarks could benefit from a scheme which has been launched to create natural habitats at solar farm sites.

The project by wildlife charity RSPB and clean tech company Anesco aims to boost wildlife at the firm’s solar farms across England and Wales.

Wild flower meadow areas and seed-rich planting in the “unused” margins of the farms and where tracks go between the panels will help boost insects such as bees and butterflies and provide food and nesting areas for birds, the RSPB said.

The scheme will reinstate habitats which have been lost in the face of agricultural intensification, hitting farmland bird species.

It is hoped that struggling species such as tree sparrows, which have seen numbers fall by 94 per cent in the last 40 years, turtle doves which have seen an 89 per cent reduction in numbers, lapwing (58 per cent fall) and skylarks (51 per cent fall) will be helped by the project.

Butterflies, reptiles, mammals and amphibians could also be helped by the move.

The project will see the RSPB advising Anesco on providing for “priority” species – those in most need of help – at its existing solar farms, in places ranging from Cornwall to Suffolk, Yorkshire and the Isle of Anglesey, with the advice also helping to form plans at new sites.

Darren Moorcroft, RSPB head of species and habitats conservation, said the project was an excellent opportunity to develop habitats for nature.

Adrian Pike, chief executive of Anesco, said: “We will be maximising the positive impact that our sites have for local wildlife, while focusing on supporting those species that really need it.”

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08:44

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mexico won’t pay for Trump border wall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Right-wing billionaire and Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Photo AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

Right-wing billionaire and Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Photo AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

Mexico’s president says his country will not pay for White House hopeful Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, and likened his “strident tone” to the ascent of dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

President Enrique Pena Nieto’s comments, published in Monday’s Excelsior newspaper, were among the most critical public comments yet by a foreign leader of the New York billionaire.

Trump, front-runner to win the Republican Party presidential nomination for the November 8 election, has sparked outrage in Mexico with his campaign vow to build a wall along the southern US border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and to make Mexico pay for it.

Asked by Excelsior whether there was a “scenario” under which Mexico would pay if Trump won the presidency, Pena Nieto was clear.

‘There is no scenario,’ he said.

‘I have to say that I regret (the plan), and of course, I can’t agree with this American politician’s position.’

Trump, who has also aroused concern among many in his own party with his proposals, has accused Mexico of sending rapi...

07:51

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens call for international protection of Tweed wetlands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker and NSW Greens MP Jan Barham are urging the government to support the nomination of the Cobaki wetlands and Terranora broadwaters near Tweed Heads for Ramsar status.

As foreshadowed in February, Greens MP Jan Barham has introduced a motion in the NSW upper house calling on the government to support the nomination of the Cobaki and Terranora Broadwaters as a wetland area of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Ms Barham is now seeking for the government to consider the motion as formal business when parliament resumes on Wednesday.

Ms Barham said the area was ‘a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape with a history of regular large gatherings of Aboriginal peoples.’

‘The area is known as ‘Murraba/Murrawba – the favourite campsite of the Aboriginals’ and is considered to be the last of its type in the region.

‘The Cobaki Lakes system continues to provide an abundance of fo...

07:20

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Talks series kicks off with climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Brendan Mackey, who will speak at Tweed Talks is director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University

Dr Brendan Mackey, who will speak at Tweed Talks is director of the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University

The historic, art deco Regent theatre in Murwillumbah is set to launch of a series of panel discussions focused on some of the biggest issues of our time, beginning with the biggest of all: climate change.

The Tweed Talks series at the Regent Theatre will allow locals to hear directly from experts in a variety of fields with inside knowledge of what is really going on behind the headlines.

The Tweed Talks series gets underway on Thursday March 24 with the topic, Where to From Paris? looking at what the next steps are to preventing catastrophic climate change.

07:00

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Urine Nation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When President Lyndon Baines Johnson was reviewing the reappointment of his adversary, the FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, LBJ opined: ‘it is probably better to have the sonofabitch inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.’

Malcolm Turnbull would undoubtedly prefer Tony Abbott not to urinate anywhere; indeed, the prime minister would prefer his predecessor not to do anything much at all. But the reality is that Abbott remains defiantly inside the tent, pissing out, in, and in every direction.

His political incontinence is a clear denial of his undertaking of no sniping, no undermining, no wrecking; but clearly Abbott regards the need to defend his legacy, as he calls it, as the overriding imperative. His promises, like so many of those proffered when in office, have become inoperative.

Last week Abbott regaled the party room with a fantasy account of his economic record. It was, he averred, bold and courageous – the 2014 budget was an exemplary document designed purely to repair the debt and deficit disaster inflicted by the disastrous regimes of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. And this, he continued, is precisely what is needed by Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

Yeah, like a hole in the head. In fact the 2014 budget was an abject failure – regarded not only as a litany of broken promises, but as a manifestly unfair recipe which was rejected by the voters and, eventually by the senate.

There were indeed cuts to spending – some $80 billion of them, The problem was that Abbott and his colleagues immediately spent another $70 billion in the hope of assuaging the outrage. As a result the 2015 budget was a pussy-footing creation about which Abbott had, wisely, very little to say. It was a fiasco: contradictory and incoherent and it led, among other blunders, to his ultimate downfall – which is, perhaps, why he is commending it to Turnbull.

To underline the point Abbott followed up with an all-guns-blazing as...

06:20

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: Hail, Caesar! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

hail_caesar_2016

Had we not already been aware of it, Joel and Ethan Coen’s magnificent re-make of True Grit (2010) made abundantly clear how much the brothers were beholden to and smitten by Hollywood’s lasting legacy – and its impenetrable ego. Their staunchest fans would be reluctant to concede it, but at heart the boys are traditionalists (notwithstanding their aberrant pretensions, ie, No Country For Old Men) – and more power to them for it. However, when it comes to satirising the industry that butters their bread, as they’ve done here, the guise of self-deprecation and mockery is, like Maxwell Smart’s ‘reverse psychology trick’, never strong enough to conceal a genuine belief in the status of cinema as a godsend to humanity. (And, again, good on them. All artists should be driven by this conviction. Otherwise what’s the point?)
Venturing into comedy, at which they have always understood narkiness better than subtlety, their latest outing is a mixed bag, but overall a ripping good yarn. It’s set sometime in the McCarthy ’fifties (without his purgings being specifically referred to). The famous actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), starring as a Roman centurion in a Jesus epic, has been kidnapped by a coterie of miffed screenwriters calling themselves Communists and demanding a larger slice of the box-office pie.
The loosely structured, slightly loopy plot is bui...

00:16

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Federal Election 2016: Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's faux outrage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This was Coalition Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull frothing at the mouth in March 2016:


Now at the time writs were issued for the 2013 federal election there were 34 Liberal/Nationals senators, 31 Labor senators, 9 Greens senators and 1 independent.

After that election there were 33 Liberal/Nationals senators, 25 Labor senators, 10 Greens senators, 1 independent senators and 7 minor party senators.

...

00:15

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's mother of all wars on the poor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


If there was any doubt left that Prime Minster Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, who has been a millionaire for the last thirty-three years, is that classic form of well-heeled Liberal Party politician who believes that being poor and/or poorly educated is the personal fault of all individuals in those situations, then this report in New Matilda on 5 March 2016 should lay those doubts to rest:

Unemployed and underemployed Australians can be issued with on-the-spot fines by privately owned job agencies under a tough new Government proposal, writes Owen Bennett.
Later this month the Turnbull Government will be asking the Senate to support one of the most devastating attacks launched against poor and vulnerable Australians in recent memory.

The Bill – entitled Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015 – proposes to give privately run job agencies unprecedented new powers to financially penalise unemployed and underemployed Australians. If passed, the fines will come into effect on July 1 this year.

...

Monday, 07 March

23:16

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Paper wasp peak season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Southern brown paper wasps, Mount Cotton.

Walking through Sandy Creek Conservation Area last weekend, I was pleased to find that quite a number of paper wasp colonies had formed along the barbed-wire perimeter fence.

Most frequent were the misshapen hanging nests of the southern brown paper wasp (Ropalidia plebeiana), a medium-sized species with a few pale bands around its body.

Common paper wasp, Mount Cotton.
Also seen, however, were common paper wasps (Polis...

21:58

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Looking for desert rarities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over Summer I spent some time travelling and camping around Victoria. For a week I camped at Halls Gap which is a small tourist town surrounded by the Grampians, an ancient mountain range eroded over millions of years down to large forested hills. The Grampians form part of the Great Dividing Range that runs downs the east coast of Australia. While based at Halls Gap I explored the nearby regions looking for bushland reserves and national parks that I had not been to before. Nurcoung Bushland Reserve is a section of heathland and stunted Mallee scrub located to the west of the Grampians and near the Little Desert National Park. I was after a few target birds in this tough dry environment– The Southern Scrub-robin and the Shy Heathwren…

Southern Scrub-robin, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

Southern Scrub-robin, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

21:58

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-002 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-002 - was noted conducting a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Monday 7 March.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Sadly, due to the low cloud and persistent rain showers, there are no photos to show of its visit.  A30-002 was flying as "Wedgetail 01" and reportedly flew up from and then back to RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle in New South Wales.

Of interest, A30-002 wears a nice piece of artwork applied to it with a magpie bird painted on its nose.  The magpie is part of the crest of No. 2 Squadron of the RAAF, which operates all six Wedgetails from RAAF Base Williamtown, with a detachment also in Darwin.

Meanwhile, a little later on Monday 7 March, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-014 was believed to have called into Rockhampton Airport as "Destria 14".

21:49

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron bypass no longer needed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hang on one red hot minute! The questions begs asking – why is the Butler Street bypass still on the table at all?

Blind Freddy himself could see what a remarkable difference the extra lane at the roundabouts heading into town has made. What was once an exasperating traffic snarl has become minimal at worst.

So, what’s the plan now, shred through wetlands and upset a myriad of residents and business owners just so the odd Suffolk Park resident can nip up to Sunrise IGA?

Not one visitor will use said bypass because of course everyone holidaying here wants to have a good old rubberneck through town! I feel common sense is taking a back seat to bureaucratic nonsense. Again. In Byron Shire. Well colour me surprised.

Mick Webb, Byron Bay

 

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21:45

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Bundaberg Based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA Departs to New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After possibly a failed attempt over the weekend - maybe because of weather (??) - locally-based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA was noted departing Bundaberg Airport on Monday 7 March for Lord Howe Island and Auckland in New Zealand.

Photo taken by Far North Queensland Skies Blog  ©

N298WA had flown to Lord Island and back to Bundaberg on Sunday 6 March.

It appears that the Baron spends around half of the year in New Zealand and the half based at Bundaberg Airport.  N298WA had arrived at Bundy in June 2015 after completing the crossing from New Zealand.

N298WA recently spent time in Cairns - where it was captured above by the fantastic FNQ Skies Blog - receiving attention for what appeared to be a broken transponder. It returned to Bundy from Cairns on Friday 26 February.

21:15

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: House bachelor for the week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Baron has gone to Sydney for a week, so I am pootling about the house indulging in that most simple of pleasures - batching. Let's survey how things have gone so far.

*For dinner tonight, for want of anything better to do, I chucked some stuff at some butter on the stovetop. Then when that was done I added cheese and pasta. Yum.

*For dinner tomorrow night I will be scrounging off friends. Double yum.

*For dinner the night after, pizza. And beer. Actually, there was beer every night - that really doesn't need to be said.

*I've been keeping the house super clean. Just two hours ago I ran a sink full of hot water and squirted some detergent into it. Then I threw all the dirty things I could find in it, including: plates, knives, forks, spoons, bowls, cups, coffee machine parts, honey straining equipment, and socks. Some day I may even take them out again.

*I just picked the espresso machine off the floor, and, noticing that it had flour on it, I dusted the flour back onto the floor. A place for everything, and for everything a place!

*There is a badger in the bathroom, which I am using to catch all the potoroos that have got into medicine drawer.

*I am lounging around on the couch in Australia flag underwear. But then, I do that all the time, anyway.

18:58

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Netherlands notes progress on police training in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



2) Labor Sitars Turns Himself in to Police on Monday Morning
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/298342/netherlands-notes-progress-on-police-training-in-papua
1) Netherlands notes progress on police training in Papua
Updated 7 minutes ago
The Netherlands government says it's received positive feedback about the Indonesian community policing training programme it supports in West Papua.
The deputy head of political affairs at the Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia, Maarten...........

18:00

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: SWM R650R dual sport bike is top value "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SWM R 650 R dual sport motorcycle

Review by Jake Dolan

You get a lot of bike for your money with the Italian Speedy Working Motors (SWM) R 650 R dual sport machine.

At only $8999, it comes with some exotic features such as Marzocchi forks, Sachs rear shock, Brembo hydraulic brakes, GET ignition, comprehensive instrumentation and Mikuni throttle body feeding the 600cc liquid-cooled engine that drives a six-speed transmission. (That is an introductory price offer which increases to $9490 from Aril 2016).

This dual sport machine would be a handy commuter that you can ride away on weekends to some isolated location where you can tackle the trails and forestry roads without having to trailer it there.




17:52

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling in the Eliza Fraser Folklore "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Arts Monday’s Jane Raffan chats with Larissa Behrendt, lawyer, and professor of Indigenous Research at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of a new critique of the Eliza Fraser story: Finding Eliza: Power & Colonial Storytelling.

Larissa Behrendt’s book is a reference-rich deconstruction of the tropes in the Eliza Fraser ‘captivity narrative’ that have been used as foundational truths in colonial societies around the world, and which have had lasting deleterious effects on our Indigenous people.

Fraser’s story involves shipwreck and survival in the company of the Butchulla people of what is now known as Fraser Island, Queensland. She went on to tell her story – with embellishments – for many years after her so-called rescue from “cannibals”, and the story has influenced Australian writers, painters and filmmakers for generations.

The interviews explore the Eliza Fraser folklore, and the role stereotypes play in cementing certain narratives and prejudices in national histories and broader culture.

Interview I

Interview II

Interview III

More about the...

17:19

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Day One of Be Cruelty-Free Week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ruby App

Today marks the beginning of Be Cruelty-Free Week, a week dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends.

Why be cruel when it’s so easy to be kind? Ruby has download the free Choose Cruelty Free app and you should too!
It’s available for Apple or Android and will keep you up to date on accredited cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.

16:51

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Highline Magazine signs off "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the inspirations for Mountain Journal was a magazine that came out of Colorado called the Mountain Gazette. The Gazette lived through various incarnations from the early 1970s onwards and was, in the words of one of its founders, “generally about the mountains”. Quirky, alternative, sometimes very political, and with fantastic writing about life in the mountains and the landscapes that sustain and draw people to that part of the world. It had fantastic covers, with wonderfully evocative art work.

The Gazette stopped publishing in print form probably 5 years ago, but continues an online presence.

I’m a great lover of all things print, including magazines. North America probably has the greatest number of place specific journals and, because of the landscape and large number of people living in mountain country, has more than its share of mountain themed publications. From the quality journalism of High Country News to the beautiful spirit of place you find in Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine, there are many gorgeous and spirited magazines from that continent.

One that I only recently discovered, Highline, has just closed up shop. It ran from 2008 and was primarily intended for an audience living in the Bow Valley and the mountain towns of the Rockies, places such as Canmore, Banff and Fernie. It described itself as being ‘soul food for mountain people’ and I reckon it was, with a nice mix of imagery and stories of people who had made their lives in the Rocky Mountains. It covered environmental politics and climate change, had a lovely journal style design and a...

16:48

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": sunshinecoastbirds: Brush-tailed Phascogale, Bush-hen Babies, Marbled Frogmouth and more in Sunshine Coast Hinterland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brush-tailed Phascogale
Brush-tailed Phascogale is one of our more secretive, uncommon and difficult-to-find marsupials. So it was something of a surprise to learn that one had taken up residence in a residential letterbox along Booloumba Creek in the Conondale Range, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Brush-tailed Phascogale
What's even more surprising is that according to the home owner, Christopher Lee, a phascogale has been resident in the letterbox on-and-off for the past four years. Phascogales are not long lived, with lifespans ranging from 12 months (males) to potentially 3 years (females), so it is highly likely that more that one animal has lived h...

16:46

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Heaps Gay's Pardi Gras at the Imperial "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mardi Gras weekend comes but once a year and the hustle for a great post-parade party is almost a competitive sport. Heaps Gay was one-such affair, a sold-out extravaganza taking over the whole of the Imperial with ticket thirst reaching critical levels. Philippa was lucky enough to attend and capture the euphoric crowd.

16:32

"IndyWatch Feed Tas": The Idiot Tax: An ASX Please Explain In A Nutshell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There's been a reprieve from the wealth smashing investors and gamblers have suffered on the ASX in recent months. Commodities and energy have moved off multi-year lows and the maniacs who couldn't...

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16:28

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": One Bend In The River: PELICAN TRACES "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pelican on river vertical 2

Before I got glasses for short-sight at the age of eleven, I used to wonder why people made such a fuss about birds. Most of them were invisible as far as I was concerned.  The only ones I never had trouble seeing were the big ones:  the egrets, the Wedge-Tailed Eagles, the black swans (which I’ve rarely seen since we’ve been back here) and, of course, pelicans (pelecanus conspicillatus).

We often see pelicans flying along the river, doing big circles to gain height.  On the water, they glide through the big pools, loading up on carp, I hope, but probably on smaller fish, yabbies, or even lizards.  A couple of months ago we often saw a group of three, but I don’t know if they were the same ones, or different each time.  Presumably those are families, since they lay two eggs, but only rear one chick to adulthood.  In the last few weeks, I’ve seen only solitary pelicans – possibly we’ve moved to the time of year where the grown-up fledgelings are sent off on their own.

Unlike the ones I’ve seen in big groups along the coast, our pelicans are very wary of people.  I’ve never been able to get closer than a hundred metres.  Since I still haven’t invested in a good camera with a zoom lens for taking bird pictures, my pelican photos continue to be distant and blurry, mostly including the flap of wings as they lift away, or pale tail feathers disappearing behind a small island, leaving only a few ripples or footprints on the sand.   That’s an unimpressive set of traces for a bird that can have a wingspan of 2.6 metres (8.5 feet).

But if you have a visiting ornithologist you get other sorts of traces....

16:14

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: GALLERY: FBi Presents Sleater-Kinney at Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FBi Presents Sleater Kinney | Sydney Opera House | Photo by James O'Connor 6.3.16

By all accounts, Sleater-Kinney just slayed the Sydney Opera House. Returning from a decade-long hiatus with 2015’s No Cities To Love, the iconic riot-grrls played a blistering set spanning their hallowed discography – we’re still reeling.

March 6, 2016 | Sydney Opera House | Photography by James O’Connor 6.3.16

FBi Presents Sleater Kinney | Sydney Opera House | Photo by James O'Connor 6.3.16 FBi Presents Sleater Kinney | Sydney Opera House | Photo by James O'Connor 6.3.16 FBi Presents Sleater Kinney | Sydney Opera House | Photo by James O'Connor 6.3.16 FBi Presents Sleater Kinney | Sydney Opera House | Photo by James O'Connor 6.3.16...

16:12

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: That's my entry, then "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our crush on poetry continues unabated here at Common Good Books, and to prove it the proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of “‘Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.”
  Enter "Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest."

I gave my love a cold,
She gave me a bag of snot.
 Now we both say to the other
"Hey, thanks a bloody lot".

No point entering poets, I think I've already got this competition in the bag.

15:41

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes Video “The Mountain” "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes The latest video and single from alt-country band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes is “The Mountain”, the title track from their latest album. The video is in the classic shot-in-the-studio style – check it out below: Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have a residency at The Union […]

15:01

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": political geometry: Smoke Signals from the Vatican Laundry "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Fool or charlatan? Pope Frank believes George Pell. 

No cleanup required at the Augean stables. George had the walls recently covered up with institutional whitewash. Tony Abbott is decorating the place with all the suppositories of wisdom he can, er, bring forth.

Cory Bernardi is enraptured by their sweet aroma

Thet are in fact

13:29

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Shopfront focus turns to Kingscliff Locality Plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Finding the right balance between growth and coastal character

Attention at the new Kingscliff Matters shopfront in Marine Parade will turn this week to the most important strategic plan to guide the seaside town’s future development.

The Kingscliff Locality Plan will take centre stage at the shopfront for the next fortnight, as community engagement for the plan reaches a significant milestone.

Three key documents are on exhibition from today, with the Context, Issues and Opportunities Report, the Enquiry by Design Workshop Report and Precinct Plans set to form the basis for the finalised Kingscliff Locality Plan.

Leading discussion points in the exhibited documents include:

Reviewing building height in the town centre to retain and strengthen the existing built form character along Marine Parade, while allowing for additional growth and expansion of the town centre along Turnock Street

Encouraging shop-top housing in the town centre

Encourage greater pedestrian and cycling connections within the town centre and to surrounding residential areas

A Business and Knowledge Precinct to encourage employment generation, possibly including a business park, creative industries hub, university or education precinct, and retail centre

“The shopfront will continue to display information about the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation and Council staff will be on hand to answer any enquiries about the seawall, holiday park upgrade and new Kingscliff Central Park,” foreshore revitalisation Project Manager Stewart Brawley said.

“However, the Kingscliff Locality Plan will be a key focus at the shopfront for the next fortnight, to work with the community to explore the future direction of the whole Kingscliff area.”

Public engagement for the plan will include daily information sessions to explain initiatives in the reports and to further involve community members in discussion...

13:28

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Tweed Heads to be recognised as a regional city "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Draft North Coast Regional Plan now open for public comment

Tweed Heads is set to be recognised as a regional city for the first time, under a proposal announced this week by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes.

Mr Stokes was visiting the Tweed on Wednesday to launch the draft North Coast Regional Plan, which is now on exhibition and open for comment from the public until 2 June 2016.

The draft Plan will guide strategic planning across the North Coast over the next 20 years, covering the council areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

“I am pleased to announce the draft Plan will recognise Tweed Heads as a regional city, recognising its place on the North Coast and in the State,” Mr Stokes said.

“This draft Plan sets out a vision for the North Coast over the next two decades to help vibrant and sustainable communities flourish now and into the future.”

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, welcomed the Minister and the opportunity for Tweed residents to have their say on the future of the region.

“Tweed has evolved as the regional centre in the Northern Rivers and as such, requires the necessary infrastructure, services and the corresponding employment opportunities to support this significant population centre – the plan rightly recognises this,” Councillor Milne said.

“I welcome the direction of the regional plan to contain growth to this key strategic area. This sits well with the first goal of good planning to have sustainable, productive and vibrant centres, and to protect the natural environment, agriculture and heritage values.

“Concentrating future population in our regional town centre of Tweed Heads will help to preserve what we love about our Shire, being our amazing flora and fauna, our stunning landscapes an...

13:26

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: The universal beauty of white noise "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A selection of works by Angus McDonald on display at Tweed Regional Gallery

Angus McDonald is one of the most successful and accomplished artists living in the Northern Rivers region.

Based in Lennox Head, McDonald is a highly respected artist of national repute. He was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship 20 years ago and since then he has exhibited throughout Australia and around the globe – from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman says, “The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s 30th solo exhibition titled white noise. This selection of works will provide visitors with just a glimpse of his extraordinary skill and experience.

The term “white noise” refers to the background noises of our existence, the noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives.

McDonald said: “The work explores moments of realisation and loss. The two large figurative works on display in the exhibition were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for one of the major works. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.

“I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home! I’ve lived in this area for 15 years so exhibiting locally is pretty special; especially at an a...

12:32

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Damn the Matrix: 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be foun…

Source: 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States


12:11

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: International Women's Day 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

International Women's Day 2016

Are we there yet? Unfortunately the fight for women's rights still needs some work, and it's important that you're part of the struggle. Tune in on Tuesday 8 March for feminist analysis on local and global issues, plus all the latest on activities around town.

...

12:00

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Will motorcycles start sprouting wings? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2016 Ducati MotoGP bike wings

The aerodynamic wing additions to MotoGP bikes in recent years have resulted in the ridiculous looking 2016 Ducati team’s bikes with big, ugly wings called strakes.

It may help the Italian factory win some races – unless the sharp protuberances are banned as a danger to other riders – but how many fans will it turn off in the meantime? Notice how grotesque and insectile modern F1 cars have become?

But the biggest concern is that these monstrous wings will make their way into production bikes.

If you don’t think it will happen, check out some of the hideous wings on the latest supercars such as the bizarre Ferrari F80 Concept.

Ferrari F80 wings ...

11:54

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": jacksjottings: winners survive. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This post was published but would not show on my computer.
Wordpress had put the wrong date on it, can you explain why? So I am reblogging the post Winners Suvive.

jacksjottings

I held a height position on The Snowy Mountain Project. I held a high position on The Snowy Mountain Project.

Do What Ever You Like.

How I won the rat race, doing what I liked and being paid to enjoy myself.
I never needed a fast car when I was young or to take up some extreme sport to get my adrenalin buzz. I was paid to ride a crane hook and show-off high up on the steel purlins, what a buzz and no danger of snake bite.

There were other thrills. There were other thrills.

I love the smell of bread baking and getting my work done early. So my first job was in a bakery the work gets done by midday and I could go swimming. I also like money and labourers on building sights were being paid more than I was earning in the bakery.

...

11:45

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Paul Kelly Announces New Album Seven Sonnets & A Song "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly And now for something completely different. For his next album preeminent Australian songwriter Paul Kelly is reaching back and recording six of William Shakespeare’s sonnets and a song from Twelfth Night for his brand new album Seven Sonnets & A Song. The album will also feature a non-Shakespearian piece titled […]

11:33

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Shark listening station installed at Lennox Head "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The new shark listening station at Lennox Head. Photo contributed

The new shark listening station at Lennox Head. Photo contributed

A state-of-the-art shark listening station has been installed at Lennox Headland beach but it will only provide updates on the movements of previously tagged sharks.

The purpose built listening station will form ‘an important part of the state’s integrated shark management strategy,’ according to north coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

‘Real time information will now be made available immediately via the department of primary industries website and to Surf Life Saving NSW and other relevant groups to provide current information on the movements of the tagged sharks,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘As soon as a tagged shark swims within about 500 metres of a listening station, an alert will be issued with its location.

‘Though there is no one solution to this issue – the listening station will go a long way in better informing us about if and where sharks are along our coastline.

‘This Government is committed to better protecting beachgoers, we know the community wants action – that’s why we are using some of the world’s best scientists, and new and emerging technologies to better protect our beachgoers.’...

11:12

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: White noise never looked so good "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Angus McDonald, Dove VI, 2016, oil on panel, 32 x 28cm

Angus McDonald, Dove VI, 2016, oil on panel, 32 x 28cm

Angus McDonald, whose new exhibition white noise opened at Tweed Regional Gallery over the weekend is one of the most successful and accomplished artists living in the region.

Based in Lennox Head, McDonald is a highly respected artist of national repute.

He was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship 20 years ago and since then he has exhibited throughout Australia and around the globe.

He has been a finalist in numerous national art prizes including the Archibald and has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

Director Susi Muddiman said the gallery ‘is proud to present McDonald’s 30th solo exhibition. This selection of works will provide visitors with just a glimpse of his extraordinary skill and experience.’

‘The term “white noise” refers to the background noises of our existence, the noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives.

McDonald said, the work explores ‘moments of realisation and...

10:52

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Push to re-open Lismore Lake community pool "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Lismore Lake swimming pool. (file pic)

The Lismore Lake swimming pool. (file pic)

A Lismore councillor is pushing for the re-opening of the Lismore Lake community pool at South Lismore.

Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrow’s council meeting calling for a report to determine the costs of repairing or replacing the pool.

His motion asks that any decision ‘to sell, reclassify or re-zone the land on which the pool is located, or to demolish the pool, be deferred.

In support of the motion, Cr Bennett notes that the pool at South Lismore was ‘loved and used by many in our community’.

‘I note that this council’s term will most likely end in September. After this date a new council will form and it may have very different priorities,’ he said.

‘I do not believe that in the final months of this council that it has the moral right to demolish or sell off an icon like the Lismore Lake free pool.

‘Surely this should be a decision for the future council.

‘The arguments around not being able to run a free pool are clearly nonsense because if they were true council would not be able to run the Lake Pool’s sister at Nimbin which is fully operational and well patronized.

‘I believe that council should at least investigate the possibility of restoration so an informed decision can be made before deciding the pool’s final fate.’

In comments to the notice of motion, the council’s assets manager Scott Turner said the council had closed the pool in 2011 as a result of an assessment of the costs to rectify workplace health and safety issues at the...

10:50

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bangalow residents take aim against bypass and ‘food hub’ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Addressing last Thursday's Bangalow Progress Association meeting are president Tony Hart (left) and secretary Jenny Coman (right). Photo Chris Dobney

Addressing last Thursday’s Bangalow Progress Association meeting are president Tony Hart (left) and secretary Jenny Coman (right). Photo Chris Dobney

Chris Dobney

The people of Bangalow agree that a planned ‘food hub’ on the site of the decommissioned RMS donga village would be ‘an eyesore’ but they are divided over plans to turn sleepy Station Street into a one-way bypass road.

A Bangalow Progress Association meeting last Thursday night heard that the Byron Shire Council’s food precinct initiative appeared to be ‘almost a foregone conclusion’, despite concerted community opposition.

Association president Tony Hart told the meeting that a briefing paper that has gone to council ‘talks up the positive aspects’ of the plan but ‘doesn’t talk about the fact that Bangalow doesn’t want it.’

‘They’re talking about a beautiful design and a botanical gardens out the front but you know what it’s going to be like – there’ll be semi-trailers in and out of there all the time.

‘It’s all about the financial implications for Bangalow,’ he said ‘not about a long-term strategy for the vi...

10:48

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Sam Brittain Announces Unplugged Album Preview Show "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Sam Brittain Adelaide based singer-songwriter Sam Brittain has been working on a brand new album with producer Mick Wordley over the last few months. And now the album is just about ready to share Brittain has announced plans to showcase it at a very special show in his native Adelaide. On Thursday […]

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