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Friday, 16 February

21:59

Many Photos as Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 15 February, Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF was spotted resting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron (WGA) at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield.






21:32

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mamamia

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.

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21:23

Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...

20:49

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

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).


Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the profit share in GDP remains constant.




2. The expansionary impact of deficit spending on aggregate demand is lower when the government matches the deficit with debt-issuance because then excess reserves are drained and the purchasing power is taken out of the monetary system.



3. A government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x (that is, increase private domestic disposable income by $x) and a public spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate spending?

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16:32

Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)

 

Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.

 

Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.

 

The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.

 

Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.

 

Their drive to amplify this feeli...

16:02

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.

15:00

whats the point of even having staff? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 8 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Abstudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

The debt claim happened in the middle of an exam period, and no job.

It resulted in my partner and I splitting up and I was forced to move back to QLD and live at home with my Dad.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

It was very anxiety inducing and they aren't very efficient at processing these claims so they come out of nowhere at the most unexpected time.

I really don't understand why they have a 1 shoe size fits all approach, if you don't fill a certain criterium to x value, they are unable to use discretion or common sense when trying to understand your concerns.
Which makes me wonder why they don't just replace every...

14:37

#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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Michael Burge

Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

14:26

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name

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14:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

13:08

Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed by Ugly

Former Queensland police Sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct in a trial by jury.

The charge against him chad come about, because in 2012 he had leaked footage of police officers bating up a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station basement. The department argued that Flori had been motivated by anger over being overlooked for a promotion.

He denied this in his defense, and was assisted in court by social justice advocate Renee Eaves.

But what about the man who was beaten? Apparently, this accounts for noting. One of the assaulters (Ben Lamb), who was clearly identified kicking the victim, was merely given a suspended dismissal. Basically, a slap on the wrist. Lamb was able to continue in his role as a Queensland police officer.

Anyone who has ever lived in the state knows that beatings are routine and have been so for a long time. For Indigenous Australians it is more frequent.

Flori hander over his footage to a journalist and the story became a significant media news, which cast spotlight on what is going on in the Queensland police force.

After this, Ben Flori left the police.

Whistle blowers need protection. When they pass on information about wrongdoing, they do us all a favour. In this case the use of unwarranted violence in the Queensland police force is something that needs to be cleaned up.

Instead of being punished, he should have received a commendation from the brass. That they chose to go after his hide, shows that the culture of cover up, closing the ranks and punishing the messenger  is rife, right to the top.

Ben Flori is made of different stuff. He witnessed something that was wrong, and he had the courage to do something about it. Without people like him, we would all be much worse off and

many people will appreciate his contribution.

 

 

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12:53

(Video) Mike Pence, a Snitch for Mueller -- Treason? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Jan 26, 2018

BREAKING: WATCH THE REPORT FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING! We have always been a fan of Mike & Karen Pence but over time, the words & actions of the Vice President have caused us to question his ultimate loyalty to our Commander in Chief. Become an InspoNews partner @ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/insponews SUPPORT InspoNews & DONATE - CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://goo.gl/Ap4j9s (Square) This Special, in depth report concerning Mike pence is not a dark News, tabloid fabrication. Some black list news channels up here have falsely slandered Mike Pence with unfair innuendo with zero empirical evidence to back their sensational & salacious claims. But there is in reality, enough evidence to show duplicity in the hearts of the Pence's toward this President. Frankly, Donald J.Trump is the greatest President since the founding of this Republic. Our loyalty is to the US Constitution & President Trump alone - NOT Mike Pence. We believe he has leaked to Bob Mueller as well as to members of his team of GOP RINOs & DNC globalist legal hacks. Being an Islamic sympathizer, he was instrumental in convincing Rex Tillerson at State and others to allow for more Muslims to enter the US than ever before - even higher numbers than under the George Soros "Open Society" mandates of the Obama administration.He called President's Islam migration policy "dumb" & worked to get the thousands of Middle Eastern, Syrian Muslim men & ISIS "refugees" that Australia did not want - brought to the USA - against the President's desires. A VERY BAD DEAL for the safety of the american people. He betrayed the closest ally of the President & intelligence expert General Mike Flynn and along with Susan Rice & Bob Mueller, entrapped the nationalist General on a technicality, opening the door for Mueller to be picked by Rod Rosenstein. Andy McCabe, Hillary and Comey whole impeach Trump strategy was alway the " F Flynn and F Trump." MO. General Flynn -would have totally protected the President from any fake Mueller probe. He is a MAGA nationalist & loyalist in the DOD for the president. He had to be removed - so Mike Pence fired him on a mere "process" violation- failing to answer 2 questions on a security clearance form - totally by omission and mistake. Yet it was Mike Pence who thrust the knife into Flynn and this opened the door for the entire Mueller Investigation. Horrendous. Add to this Karen Pence's holier than thou and condescending private despising of Donald & Melania Trump & there was already a natural propensity to work privately...

11:11

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds  The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbournes Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way its a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her Continue reading

10:07

Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.

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09:18

Happy centenary Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My grandfather would've been 100 this week and my family were sharing memories, so I wrote a few of mine

I wouldve been aged five or six when I first met my grandfather Dr William Buscombe.

I dont recall much, aside from the gift of a Crookes radiometer.

In the mid-1990s while studying at university I began emailing Bill. It mightve been 1996 and his replies would promptly arrive overnight, discussing largely mundane matters but clearly enjoying connecting and communicating from the other side of the world.

In 1999 at the end of my studies, I visited him in Evanston and appreciated the opportunity to accompany him on his walk from home to Northwestern University and observe him still checking his email.

By that point he was becoming increasingly frail but still following his routine and maintaining correspondence, as well as reviewing the next iteration of the star catalogue that had been a substantial part of his career as an astronomer.

One morning on that visit I asked him about his attitude toward death.

He replied that at age 79 hed lived beyond the average for a male and that each day is a gift.

It was a statement that consoled me and I remember relaying it to my mother when she later learned of his death.

Another highlight of that trip to Evanston was getting a sense of Bills relationship with my grandmother Royal.

One morning as Bill and I ate breakfast, Royal entered the room to join us and Bill stood while she sat at the table.

When he resumed sitting and eating I could see that hed now positioned his body to be slightly turned toward her.

After that Id notice how attentive Bill was to Royal and it was very sweet to see the subtle displays of his love.

That visit gave me an appreciation of Bills good-natured grace.

08:49

Zero G - 12 February 2018 Episode 1171 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1171

Title: Musk Ado About Something Podcast Title: The Cloverfield Podadox

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we pare down the Cloverfield Paradox; farewell composer Johann Johannson; and take flight with Star Trek Discovery and Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

08:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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08:12

MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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08:00

February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...

06:37

The March 3 election so far ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Click through to the site to view the cartoon.

05:00

Taylor-made failing of local democracy "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Adriana Taylor, Huon Valley Council Commissioner ie, one-person Huon Valley Council sat mostly in silence at the Huon Valley Rate Payers and Residents Association candidates forum at Huon Town Hall on Tuesday evening. But then she stood up and said something incredible: that local councillors were unnecessary The second point was the issue of local democracy: a single person deciding the fate of the controversial project instead of nine councillors. Again, this was blithely dismissed. Taylors jaunty logic, such that it was, was that she would simply abide by the advice of the council planning department. As this, in her view, was simply what responsible councillors should do, she saw no difference in one person making this decision instead of nine democratically-elected councillors. Trouble is, she was wrong again. Good councillors will interrogate a proposal, ask for more information, reject some assertions, seek clarification in short, do everything they can to assess, analyse and consider a proposal to ensure that its in the best interests of the local area

04:18

Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.

03:13

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

01:45

Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( http://projectcamelot.tv aka projectcamelotportal.com ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...

00:25

Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria's recent dry weather and Wednesday's strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon.

Thursday, 15 February

23:04

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-671 "Dingo 27" Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 15 February, another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft was noted visiting Central Queensland with A32-671 completing airwork around the Fraser Coast before landing at Bundaberg Airport.

File photo
Flying as "Dingo 27", A32-671 was heard to initially complete airwork including a missed approach at Gayndah Aerodrome before landing at Bundaberg Airport.  After a short while on the ground, A32-671 departed Bundy for RAAF Base Amberley.

During the late afternoon / early evening, A32-671 "Dingo 27" was heard to be flying North from Amberley to Townsville.

23:00

Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. Shes kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with ...

The post Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.

21:47

Taoist Cosmic Healing: Energetic Medicine for Health & Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By MANTAK CHIA

The word Tao means way, or path. In Chinese thought, Tao includes both meanings. On the cosmic level, the Tao means the war of Nature, the subtle laws and forces animating the patterns of change in the universe. On the human level, Tao is the path or war of life that we must follow in order to discover the universal laws and to live in accord with them. Then we can live our lives in balance and harmony with Nature, with ourselves, and with society.

Those who seek to incorporate the cosmic laws into the microcosm of their own lives are called Taoists. I have studied the Tao under many great masters. Through my studies I discovered that out of all the methods in the Tao, ranging from meditation, Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung to the martial arts, successful practice all comes down to one thing: understanding Chi. Out of this understanding, I have created a straightforward and systematic approach to working with Chi that I have named Universal Tao.

What is Chi?

Chi is the force that moves everything in the universe. Chi is energy. In humans, it is our life force energy, that which enables us to see and hear, to walk, to work, to think, and to feel. Thus, Chi is not just some philosophical idea; it is the essence of our everyday life.

When we get angry, its angry Chi. When we feel love and when we make love, its sexual Chi. The stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the wind, the ocean are all Chi, but it is energy with no intelligence.

Living things have the intelligence to take in the Chi of the Universe and combine it within themselves to create a living Chi, one that can create and build things.

How We Come into this World

Our Chi is intimately connected with the Chi of the Universe. When our parents made love, the Yang Chi of our father in his sperm met the Yin Chi of our mother. The two became one; the meeting of their sexual energy formed a new cell called a zygote, our first cell. The Chi of this cell is our Original Chi, the Chi that we inherited from our parents.

Our Original Chi then drew in from the Universal energies, the Chi of Earth and Heaven, our Cosmic Mother and Father. Out of this meeting and blending of Heaven Chi, Earth Chi, and Human Chi, came the power to make that original cell divide and subdivide trillions of times until it eventually formed into a fully grown human being.

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21:47

Living Chi & Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By GRANDMASTER GARY KHOR

The ancient Chinese knew that connection with the living Chi (also spelled Ki or Qi) around them can help them find their place, meaning and purpose in a dynamic, ever changing world. In these modern times we can also stay whole despite the fractured times. We do have a saving grace, in the Chinese Taoist concept that Life is full of immense possibilities. The Taoists were devoted to the spiritual holistic world view in the essential nature of things and the Way of Nature.

30 years ago the thought of sticking needles in certain parts of the body to help it heal and repair itself was considered laughable in the West. Now you can get a medical refund for acupuncture services. Any skeptics who try to explain its benefits away on the basis of a placebo effect are hard put to explain why acupuncture is enjoying equal success in the veterinary field. After all, why should an animal believe that it should get better because someone has gone to the trouble of sticking a needle in a particular point?

Other Chinese practices such as acupressure and exercise systems such as Tai Chi have also become mainstream activities. All of these practices have one thing in common: they are based on the harmonisation and regulation of Chi energy.

Chi is often referred to as life energy, which can be somewhat misleading as one could then think this energy is only involved with living things. The term animating energy is much better as the Chinese maintain that all movement and transformation that occurs within the universe requires Chi.

In a sense Chi is the Chinese solution to the Grand Unified Theory that we are searching for in the West. It is the name given by the Chinese to the primal energy that underlies all activity and change. We can experience the effects of this energy in various ways which we describe as heat, light, sound, gravity, time, electricity, magnetism, etc.

Chi lies at the heart of another Chinese practice that is becoming more and more popular in the West Feng Shui. (Feng means wind, Shui means water in Chinese terms wind carries and disperses energy while water attracts and collects it). Whereas acupuncture, Tai Chi and the Chinese practices referred to above deal with the attempt to read, understand and regulate Chi within the human body, Feng Shui is the complementary practice dealing with the reading, understanding and regulation of Chi with...

21:33

Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of....

21:09

Tarrawanna blaze "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

fire rescueEMERGENCY services were called to a home on Kendall Street, Tarrawanna after reports of a fire about 6pm on Wednesday.

Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. No one was at home at the time.

Wollongong police established a crime scene and forensic examinations are being conducted. Investigations into the fire, including whether there are any suspicious circumstances, are continuing.

The resident later attended Wollongong Police Station to report a stolen vehicle.

The blue Ford Falcon sedan with the NSW registration BNF 58U was last seen at the property in the morning. About 1am today (Thursday), a 41-year-old man was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. He has since been released pending further inquiries. It is not yet known whether the incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

 

19:34

Open Letter to Ged Kearney on refugee advocacy in the Batman by-election "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dear Ged Kearney;   We are writing to ask you to continue your strong advocacy for refugee rights throughout your election campaign in Batman, to publicly call for the camps on Manus and Nauru to be closed and the refugees to be brought here.   As ACTU president you played a crucial role in developing(...)

18:11

MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction

February 15, 2018 at 06:15AM ,

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18:03

UPDATED: Fresh Twist: ABC (Falsely) Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UPDATE: Crikey has reported that Charles Waterstreet claims he has NOT launched defamation proceedings against Tina Huang. The original ABC article has a correction at the bottom of the piece which says the report was in error.

The circus that surrounds New Matildas ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports.

In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned and highly controversial appearance on ABCs Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; and the ABC is now reporting that Mr Waterstreet has launched legal proceedings against one of his accused, 21-year-old law student Tina Huang, the original whistleblower in the Waterstreet investigation.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Ms Huang is one of three women who have publicly alleged serious sexual harassment by Mr Waterstreet in the workplace 20 minutes into a job interview with the Sydney criminal barrister, Ms Huang says she was shown a video by Mr Waterstreet (from his phone) of him being masturbated by two sex-workers.

Genevieve Wilks, who worked for Mr Waterstreet for 10 months, has made a series of detailed allegations around sexual harassment the full story is available here.

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16:07

Arts Thursday 15 February Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Presented by Bronwyn Rennex

On Arts Thursday this week I speak to Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales about the Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.

The exhibition celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the mediums ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.

This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpes career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New Yorks gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life.

It was great to have the chance to talk at length about Mapplethorpes process, his preoccupations and his incredible legacy.

Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The exhibition runs until 4 March 2018.

To listen online go to;

 LATEST EPISODE :: 10:30am Thursday 15th February, 2018

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14:16

Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonights Q&A. See end of story for details.

Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABCs Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about forgiveness. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a video of yourself getting a handjob 20 minutes into a job interview with a young law student applying for a job as a paralegal in your office.

So perhaps we shouldnt be all that surprised that that man Charles Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television series Rake thinks that the women he has sexually harassed need to be forgiven.

Over the Australia Day long weekend, in a long, rambling post on his Facebook page, Waterstreet offered up this:

[A] stripper told me at a Mind, Spirit Body Conference that I sexualise everything, her criticism was right, I will do better

As #metoo apologies go, its a start. Its also where Waterstreet should have stopped. Unfortunately he didnt.

Whatever grief I caused others, I apologise, Any grievance anyone has for me, I forgive you and ask your forgiveness, I embrace myself sinner and sin eater and part time Saint.

Setting aside the thought of Waterstreet embracing himself publicly any more than he already has, its nice to know that hes been able to find forgiveness in his heart towards the women to whom he showed his beautiful penis, uninvited.

And on that front, theres been a few. Theres Tina Huang, the young paralegal who attended a job interview with Waterstreet, won the job and then resigned a few hours in. Huang didnt get to watch him embrace himself per se instead she got to watch his beautiful penis being stroked by two sex workers in a video on Waterstreets phone.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

And then theres people like Genevieve Wilks, the paralegal (now lawyer) who worked for Waterstreet for 10 months, and was subjected to extreme workp...

14:01

Mobile Hairdressing Inner West Sydneys Original Mobile Hairdresser "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

yrplaceyrhair.com is Sydney's original mobile hairdresser. Trusted mobile hairdressing in Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, North Shore & Metro Sydney.

13:36

Sweet 16, as Queensland jobs growth surges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

16 on the bounce

Yet another month of employment growth, this time up a seasonally adjusted +16,000 to 12,453,500, to make it 16 gains in a row, which is a record for the Australian economy. 


Annual employment growth remained very strong at +403,000 or +3.35 per cent, but this month there was a wild swing towards part-time work, which stripped the positive sheen off the result. 

By far and away the most jobs were added in Queensland in the month at +19,700, although this month's gains were of the part-time vintage. 

Queensland's economy added +118,000 jobs over the past year, which represents a huge rate of statewide employment growth at +5 per cent, with +91,600 of those being full-time positions.


The participation rate was down a notch in January, but the trend has been up to around the highest level in 7 years, with Queensland being one of the states to see a marked lift in recent times. 


Unemployment rate flattening...

13:31

NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pharmaceutical/Pages/nsw-cmas.aspx

The NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service provides expert clinical guidance and support to NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient.Based at John Hunter Hospital at Hunter New England Local Health District, the Service offers expert clinical advice to NSW doctors on whether cannabinoids may be an appropriate treatment option for their patient, available clinical evidence, known contraindications and risks, available products, and monitoring requirements.


The Service is part of the NSW Government $21 million commitment to advance our understanding for the safe and appropriate use of cannabis medicines to treat serious and debilitating symptoms. It is available to NSW doctors and health care professionals. It is operational Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm snd can be contacted by email HNELHD-CMAS@hnehealth.nsw.gov.auHNELHD-CMAS@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au> or by telephone (02) 4923 6200.



The Service can assist with:

* understanding the latest evidence around cannabis medicines
* understanding the regulatory requirements for cannabis prescription
* considering tools to monitor a patient's progress whilst using cannabis medicines
* provision of protocols to facilitate cannabis medicine prescribing
* information about dosing and titration in individual patients

12:41

Black Rheno "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Black Rheno  
The Final Cut Tour

Supported by:
Lavidius, Dirty Brew, F.U.C & The Royal Attillery

This March catch Black Rheno taking on their most ambitious headline tour to date with a massive
national tour hitting all major capitols plus a few extra towns in between. As the tour name suggests, this
is the final Black Rheno tour off their debut EP release Lets Start A Cult before the band comes out swinging with their first ever long player later in the year.

With 2017 seeing the guys share stages with a host of heavyweight national and international acts such as
Napalm Death, King Parrot, Iron Regan, Psycroptic, Darkest Hour, Brujeria, Lock Up & Ringworm the
guys are not slowing down heading into 2018 with this huge run of shows and an album in the works.
Black Rheno have certainly made a name for themselves in the two years since the bands incarnation,
packing an undeniably huge wall of sludging grinding grooving sounds from the Sydney 3 piece.
Combined with one hell-raising live show as the band takes to the stage tearing everything to bits while
their frontman craws his way across the stage and in and out of the crowds, its completely confrontational
yet somehow insanely engagingly funny at the same time. Its this mix of a hell for leather and good times
approach that has given Black Rheno such a strong following in such a short period in the Australian metal scene.

 

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11:56

Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:

LUCA BRASI THE LET IT SLIP TOUR

with special guests
A.SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS & ISLA KA

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne lucabrasi.com.au

Tickets via lucabrasi.com.au

11:45

Screamfeeder "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SCREAMFEEDER

With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon

 

Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.

 

2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  

 

Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.

 

Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space

 

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11:12

MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts

February 15, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

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10:42

NSW Mothers and Babies Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This nineteenth annual report documents findings on the number of births across NSW and provides information on recent trends in the health of mothers and babies in NSW, maternity services provided by hospitals, clinical indicators and the health of Aboriginal mothers and babies.

10:11

Community Billboard 14th February 20th February "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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10:07

Growing corruption scandal around Netanyahu and weird connection with James Packer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My story in todays Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in trouble, and it partly stems from his close relationship with Australias most recognisable billionaire, James Packer.

The countrys second longest-serving Prime Minister is facing potential charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust after an extensive investigation by Israeli police. They accuse Netanyahu of accepting nearly $US300,000 ($A380,000) in gifts over 10 years.

Case 1000 which is also known as Cigars and Champagne, revolves around alleged bribery and paying for favours. Packer, along with Hollywood producer and former secret Israeli agent Arnon Milchan, are alleged to be those behind the payments.

Its now up to the countrys Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide whether the police evidence is strong enough to indict the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu does not deny accepting huge gifts from both men, but refutes allegations that he granted them any favours.

Milchans personal assistant, Hadas Klein, told Israeli police in November that, there was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahu couple with whatever they wanted. The cigars were requested by Netanyahu personally.

The Prime Minister alleges that pink champagne and expensive jewellery requested by Netanyahus wife, Sara, were tokens of good friendship with Milchan.

Israeli police claim that Netanyahu pushed for the Milchan law, cutting taxes for returning Israelis who have spent time overseas, helped Milchan get a 10-year US visa and assisted the producer in furthering his film work. Israeli police have also recommended charging Milchan.

Packers relationship with the Netanyahu family is also under scrutiny (though he is not facing charges). According to testimony released by Israels Channel 10 in late 2017 after Packer spoke to Australian Federal Police agents in Australia on behalf of Israeli investigators, the casino mogul said: I admire Prime Minister Netanyahu and am happy that I was given the opportunity to be his friend. I was happy to give him presents, many times at his request and his wife Saras request.

At the time of the interview, a spokesman for Mr Packers Crown Resorts said: There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packers behalf The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.......

09:20

Video: Strathbogie takes practical measures to counter excessive power bills "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Strathbogie is A town in East Victoria, where the locals got sick of paying too much for their power bills decided to do something about it. By resorting to bulk buying of alternative energy sources, they have cut down the bills and reduced their carbon footprint.

 

Video form the Climate Council

&

Guess how this little town beat their big electricity bills?

Posted by The Climate Council on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

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09:15

Strong windstorm hits Victoria and Tasmania, leaving 71 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A strong cold front hit the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania on February 14, 2018, producing damaging wind gusts and lifting up some dust. At least one person was injured in Victoria and more than 50 000 homes were left without power. In Tasmania, the...... Read more

09:08

Battery boom backing Australias power "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australians are in love with batteries and the bond of storage is only expected to grow stronger over coming years.

A new report from the Climate Council finds the market for household batteries tripled in 2017, with more than 20,000 new installations.

The year before, just 6750 households put in batteries.

As well, South Australia installed the high-profile Tesla mega battery and now Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory are following suit, while the federal, Queensland and Tasmanian governments are considering developing pumped hydro storage projects.

The council expects the storage boom to continue as prices drop.

The cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 80 per cent over the past seven years and is predicted to at least halve again by 2025.

This makes batteries and other forms of storage increasingly competitive with peaking gas plants especially with gas prices soaring for underpinning renewable energy generation.

Australias renewables and battery storage boom will keep the nations power grid fully charged, especially during extreme weather events, such as summer heatwaves, climate councillor Andrew Stock said on Wednesday.

We live in one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world, so pairing affordable renewables with energy storage like batteries, pumped hydro and heat storage just makes economic sense.

Polling in the report finds three-quarters of Australians expect household batteries to become commonplace during the next decade.

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08:52

[$] DIY biology "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at linux.conf.au 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation.

08:33

Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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08:33

XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

08:33

Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.

08:11

NSW government presses on with WestConnex despite public opposition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from New South Wales

As Sydneys population rises and the roads become more congested, the new South Wales government continues to build the WestConnex project. It is now pushing Stage 3.

Meanwhile, the public transport system goes from bad to worse. The fiasco in the underfunded, overcrowded and unreliable rail network is testimony to this. While most other cities around the world have discovered that the only effective way to meet the growing demand for transport and have a clean city, is to rely on the building of public transport and reducing road traffic, the New South Wales government marches in the opposite direction.

For instance, Shanghai, a city of some 23 million inhabitants, now enjoys an extensive rail, trolleybus tram, bus and taxi system. Free rail travel is now going to be introduced. The plan is to markedly reduce the use of fossil fuel driven vehicles to clean up the air. Bus , taxi fleets and vehicles in general, are been transferred to electric power. Other cities around the world are also making positive changes and this includes Amsterdam. London and New York,which are also extending to make public transport faster and more reliable, and  shifting to electric power.

Although the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has raised serious concerns about the level of pollution that will be emitted close to schools and populated areas, Gladys Berejiklian and her government, remain bent on pushing through stage 3.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has ignored 13,000 objections to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning, has gone along with this.

At least $17 billion has been tied up with building WestConnex. Much of this money, which could be put to much better use, is coming from taxpayers. A part of it will be raised through the imposition of tolls.

So far, the project has failed to reduce congestion and its continuation is unlikely to make any improvement. Commuters seeking to avoid tolls are crowding alternative routes.

Stage 3 is the most destructive part of the project. Its purpose is build a new link between the first stages (M$ and M5). Construction will cause major damage through the North Shore and South Coast.

But the government faces a formidable list of community groups that are fighting back. The WestConnex Action Group...

08:00

February 15 On This Day In Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but shhhhh....it wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...

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Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer

 FEB 14 2018
Malka Leifer

Media Release

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council is very pleased to see the arrest of former Melbourne school principal and accused sexual abuser Malka Leifer by Israeli police yesterday, and the subsequent court hearing alleging she had faked mental illness to avoid extradition back to Australia.

This is a matter which AIJAC has pursued with Israeli authorities for some time, with National Chairman Mark Leibler twice meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss this case. AIJAC has called on Israeli authorities to do their utmost, consistent with the rule of law, to fully investigate Ms Leifers claim of being too ill to stand trial and appreciates that they have done so. Mark Leibler will again be seeking to discuss what can be done expedite Ms. Leifers extradition with Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel next week.

AIJAC is hopeful that these latest developments will lead to Ms. Leifers speedy extradition back to Australia to face a long-overdue trial at last bringing some measure of closure and justice to her alleged victims.

Mark Leibler, AC
National Chairman

Colin Rubenstein, AM
Executive Director

 

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Malka Leifer Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ABC News Australia

Former principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test

15 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Alleged Melbourne sex offender who faked mental illness re-arrested in Israel

Malka Leifer, a Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, has been sent for a new psychiatric examination after Israeli police accused her of faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

Key points:

  • Malka Leifers will undergo tests to determine her mental state as prosecutors argue her illness was faked
  • The judge acknowledged Ms Leifer had never attempted to run away or depart the country
  • The court will decide whether Ms Leifer was too ill to be extradited to Australia

After three years of avoiding extradition hearings, Ms Leifer appeared in the Jerusalem district court on Wednesday morning, her second court appearance in just two days.

Australia has been trying to extradite the woman since 2013, but the 54-year-old has refused to front court, with her lawyers claiming she has panic attacks, anxiety and is too unwell to face extradition hearings.

Israeli police re-arrested her on Monday, accusing her of faking a mental illness to avoid extradition.

Prosecutor Matan...

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