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India could see its first ever biofuel flight on Monday with SpiceJet planning to operate a turboprop, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this sustainable alternative.
While some advanced countries like US and Australia have tested commercial flights on biofuel, India is among the first developing nations to make such an attempt. Sources say the plan is that the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 will take off from Dehradun, fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return there. If the test goes well, then the plane will take off again and this time head to Delhi.
Officials from several regulatory agencies, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will be on board to see the result of this flight.
This January, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 between Los Angeles and Melbourne. The fuel for this 15-hour flight was a blended one that was 10 per cent derived from an industrial type of mustard seed. In 2011, Alaska Airlines operated some flights using biofuel made of 50 per cent used cooking oil. And KLM had operated a few biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam in 2013. The blending is capped for aviation biofuel.
India is also trying to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. On August 10, World Biofuel Day 2018 was organised in Delhi where Prime Minister Modi released the National Policy on Biofuels 2018. This policy describes biofuel as being produced from renewable resources and used in place of or in blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable and other applications.
Renewable resources are the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes and residues from agriculture, forestry, tree based oil....
We can hardly wait to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day for the 12th year running!
This year, our national celebration will be held on Wednesday 5 September, with events across the entire country. And were hoping to raise more than $300,000 to provide over 30,000 books to remote Indigenous communities nation-wide.
Two of our biggest events will be at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.
In Melbourne, students from Victorian schools will be joined by our Lifetime Ambassadors and ever-popular authors Andy Griffiths and Anita Heiss, ILF Ambassador Shelley Ware (from the Marngrook Footy Show on NITV), artist/storyteller Gregg Dreise and Aunty Joy Murphy.
The celebrations will feature performances by a group of students from Worawa College, who have just published a new book, Deadly Sisters of Worowa. Anita and Shelley worked with these talented young women to develop their pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Meanwhile, at Sydney Opera House, two more Lifetime Ambassadors, the renowned childrens author Alison Lester and musician Josh Pyke, along with Justine Clarke (of Playschool fame) and Natalie Ahmat (from NITV) will be performing alongside a group of remarkable women from the Binjari community near Katherine in the NT to celebrate their new books.
At the end of each of these celebrations, therell be a GREAT BOOK SWAP, where the students attending, swap a favourite book and make a gold coin donation to help boost the funds that support our literacy programs.
You can help close the literacy gap too! Find out how you can partcipate on Indigenous Literacy Day.
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When: 2-5pm, Sunday 26th August Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister RAC will call a protest on the first Sunday after that at 2pm State Library calling for Racists Out! and Refugees In! Turnbull, Dutton,Morrison and Bishop are all forever stained by the(...)
Earlier this month, an Aussie family sold their former apple orchard in Wantirna South, a suburb in Melbourne. Its been with the same owners since 1922.
The selling price? Reportedly close to $100 million.
The buyer is a Chinese property developer.
This is a perfect example of the stupidity of the Australian tax system and why Australias latest bout of political instability is mostly irrelevant in the long term.
It also has important investment implications.
Where the boom-bust nature of the economy comes from
The reason that this land is receiving such an enormous asking price is because of its desirable location on the city fringe and the fact it has Commercial 1 zoning approval, which removes permit requirements among other things. That means housing lots are sure to follow soon.
Germany has a far superior system. It freezes the value of land at the agricultural price when land is zoned for residential development.
The subsequent uplift in value of the land can then be used to fund local infrastructure and spending. Inferred from this is that taxes can be reduced and not even required.
Here in Australia we hand the windfall to whoever owns the land. Unproductive taxes make up for the forgone revenue.
A myriad of consequences spring from this.
One is the Australian preoccupation with speculating on property and using unproductive credit creation from the banks to do so.
This is where the instability, fragility and boom-bust nature of the economy and its sensitivity to higher interest rates springs from.
For a superb overview of this, the central role land plays in the economy and the myriad consequences that spring from this, I urge you to read a called Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing by Josh Ryan-Collins, Toby Lloyd and Laurie Macfarlane.
Its not a snappy title, but the book is an excellent introduction to this vital issue, making reference to the UK primarily.
If you were blindsided by 2008, youll know why after reading it. Youll also be armed for the next housing collapse, which could be due sometime next decade if current trends persist.
The trends that drive the economy mostly land rent and bank credit are not new. In fact, theyve been running riot since the end of the Second World War. The book shows this quite clearly.
Whether Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Dutton is in office will change nothing about this unless genuine tax reform is enacted. Yet its reasonable to assume this wont happen.
The Henry Tax Review, commissioned last decade, arg...
Its been just over a month since dear Princess and her three porcine companions found Heaven in a Haystack here at Edgars Mission. After serving out their initial quarantine period and enjoying some much-needed nourishment to address severe emaciation, Sadie, Toni and Gizmo have all now ventured out into one of our main pastures to root in the ground, build comfy straw nests and breathe in the cool, fresh air as all pigs should.
However, after arriving into our care with an undoubtedly painful avulsion injury to one of her hind claws, dear Princess has been on the receiving end of some additional TLC to ensure she is soon able to join her friends in Piggy Paradise. Just how Princess came to be lying on the side of a country road, surrounded by forest, bearing such a traumatic injury still remains to be seen. And her emaciated, parasite-infested state upon her arrival, combined with pressure sores that tell the tale of a life best forgotten give us reason to believe her initial lack of trust in our species was indeed warranted.
Regular wound management and bandage changes are now part of Princess daily regime and as her injury becomes less painful, we are not only slowly gaining this dear girls trust but she is planting herself firmly in our hearts. No longer gazing at us through fearful eyes, Princess now greets her caregivers with a look of trust, gentle knowing and, of course, a cheeky hint of, Have you brought me a treat?
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Ian Higgins, well-known local landcarer and co-founder of Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare, will be the speaker at the upcoming Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests (FOBIF) AGM on Monday 27 August 2018.
In an article about Ian after he received the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award in 2017, the Victorian Landcare Magazine wrote:
Ian Higgins early interest in native plants has continued through his life. He developed a remarkable knowledge of indigenous flora species, their propagation and revegetation, leading to a 30-year professional career during which he has contributed significantly to revegetation and environmental planning in Victoria, in both professional and voluntary capacities.
You can find out about Ians history of involvement in environmental projects here.
Topics he will cover in his FOBIF speech will include:
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No one is in charge in Australia. Mondays leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of disaffection for the leadership within party ranks, and risks keeping that unenviable record of no Australian prime minister lasting out a full term of office since John Howards 2004 election victory.
Resignations have duly followed (some ten frontbenches outed themselves as Dutton supporters in offering their notices, though many have not been accepted by Turnbull). Dutton has become a chief plotter on the backbench, from where another challenge is brewing. The government is imploding and New Zealands foreign minister Winston Peters, visiting Canberra, offered a bit of advice: When you go into a spill, you have to take your abacus.
In the aftermath of the challenge, Dutton continues to fuel the fire, giving radio station 3AW a generous smattering to threaten Turnbull. You dont go into a ballot believing youre going to lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me, then I would reconsider my position. He had been chasing up colleagues, testing the waters, working the phones. Im not going to beat around the bush with that.
Ever blinkered and reactionary, his policy offerings continue to be unimaginative, the stuff of cold porridge. To cope with housing affordability, immigration needs to looked at. To deal with infrastructure problems, immigration needs to be looked at. I think you need to cut the numbers back. This is less the remit of a potential prime minister as a demagogue who remains trapped in the portfolio of home affairs.
In a bid to make a populist steal, Dutton is offering a temporary sweetener to the public. To Triple M Melbourne, he outlined a proposal that will tickle a few: I think one of the things that we could do straight away, in this next billing cycle, is take the GST off electricity bills for families. It would be an automatic reduction of 10 percent for electricity bills and people would feel that impact straight away.
Another peg on offer is one distinctly against the free market ideology of the party. Its the season for royal commissions, and Dutton is willing to capitalise. A royal commission into the electricity and fuel companies, arg...
By Dr. Mercola
Marmite, the savory British staple for spreading on toast, has a decidedly peculiar taste to some who try it the first time, but to (arguably) the majority of the U.K. and plenty of others besides, its a prerequisite for a proper tea.
Described as a sticky, salty, mahogany-colored food paste with a uniquely potent flavor, the concentrated yeast-based spread (YBS) may be an acquired taste, but new research published in the Journal of Functional Foods1 reveals that Marmite contains compounds that help relieve stress, anxiety and possibly depression.
The study authors say their research offers the first scientific proof that Marmite and other YBSs can improve anxiety and stress, due mostly to the condiments combination of B vitamins, also found in the Australian versions, Vegemite, Aussiemite and Promite, the latter of which is sweeter, darker and has a softer, more spreadable texture.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria in Australia and involved 520 participants who were surveyed regarding their consumption of yeast-based products, then assessed to find out how it affected their stress, anxiety and depression levels. U.K.-based Mens Health2 reported that while there didnt seem to be much difference in peoples depression, there was a significant improvement in the participants levels of anxiety and stress.
The study also noted that while supplementing with B vitamins appears to be a good way to improve those problems, a deficiency is associated with poor mental health that surfaces in various ways. According to lead study author Vasso Apostolopoulos, yeast-based spreads like Marmite are some of the richest sources of B vitamins, which are vital for regulating your nervous system and providing necessary energy, and called Marmite a cheap and efficient way to increase your intake.
According to Nutrition Data,3 Marmite and other YBSs provide good amounts of protein, iron and selenium, as well as the minerals magnesium and potassium, along with vitamin B. Vitamin B is more than just one vitamin, which is why its often referred to as B vitamins, denoting more than one, w...
Since theres nothing that can be done about climate change, because theres no scalable alternative to fossil fuels, Ive always wondered why politicians and other leaders, who clearly know better, feel compelled to deny it. I think its for exactly the same reasons you dont hear them talking about preparing for Peak Oil.
1) Our leaders have known since the 1970s energy crises that theres no comparable alternative energy ready to replace fossil fuels. To extend the oil age as long as possible, the USA went the military path rather than a Manhattan Project of research and building up grid infrastructure, railroads, sustainable agriculture, increasing home and car fuel efficiency, and other obvious actions.
Instead, weve spent trillions of dollars on defense and the military to keep the oil flowing, the Straits of Hormuz open, and invade oil-producing countries. Being so much further than Europe, China, and Russia from the Middle East, where theres not only the most remaining oil, but the easiest oil to get out at the lowest cost ($20-22 OPEC vs $60-80 rest-of-world per barrel), is a huge disadvantage. I think the military route was chosen in the 70s to maintain our access to Middle East oil and prevent challenges from other nations. Plus everyone benefits by our policing the world and keeping the lid on a world war over energy resources, perhaps thats why central banks keep lending us money.
2) If the public were convinced climate change were real and demanded alternative energy, it would become clear pretty quickly that we didnt have any alternatives. Already Californians are seeing public television shows and newspaper articles about why its so difficult to build enough wind, solar, and so on to meet the mandated 33% renewable energy sources by 2020.
For example, last night I saw a PBS program on the obstacles to wind power in Marin county, on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge. Difficulties cited were lack of storage for electricity, NIMBYism, opposition from the Audubon society over bird kills, wind blows at night when least needed, the grid needs expansion, and most wind is not near enough to the grid to be connected to it. But there was no mention of Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI) or the scale of how many windmills youd need to have. So you could be left with the impression that these problems with wind could be overcome.
The only life hes known is guards shouting, steel fences, and unending detention on a tiny island the size of Melbournes airport. Where hes called by a number, not even his name.
But today, I get to share his photo with you, and across the front pages of newspapers to ask for your help uncovering a lie.
This appeal comes from a former teacher at Nauru, who personally witnessed the cruel treatment of children and now asks all who are concerned to help do something about it.
Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he had every child out of detention
Journalists cant reach them, and staff on Nauru sign agreements not to talk but I taught these children, and I have watched the life slowly drain from their eyes. In 2014, Australian paediatricians said this detention constituted child abuse.
We know that with enough pressure, things can change. This year, Australian judges defied the Federal Government 14 times and evacuated children urgently from Nauru to Australia.3
So while our Government is trying to hide the 119 children remaining on Nauru these photos are our chance to show the Australian public the truth. If enough of us speak out now, we can confront politicians with the faces and the stories of the children imprisoned on Nauru, and force them to act.
Will you join me and call on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to evacuate these children and their families to Australia before Universal Childrens Day on November 20?
No matter what your political view the indefinite detention of children is astoundingly cruel.
As a teacher on Nauru, I saw the impacts of this policy. I watched a young girl, initiall...
The Victorian government has announced it will provide 50% of funding for solar PV systems up to 4kW, for 650,000 Victorian homes over the next 10 years. This is a $1.24 billion program. The program will save the typical Victorian household $2,225 for an average 4kW solar system. If re-elected, the current Victorian Government will also provide a four-year [...] full article
You never know where life as a Singing Leader will take you next. Several years ago now, The Lucky Wonders, an indie folk pop band from Byron Bay, toured Germany. In need of a break after a few gruelling years in the music industry, Jessie Vintila and her partner Emma Royle took off for a drive through Spain and France, and found themselves in St Jean Pied de Port, a small French town at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Turns out, St Jean Pied de Port is a common starting place for people walking a spectacular stretch of the Camino Francs, the most famous of all the Pilgrimage routes across the mountains, and on this particular day the atmosphere of the town captivated them both in a powerful and life changing way.
We saw all these people in hiking gear with walking poles and there was a kind of magical hush over the town. There and then we got the bug for the Camino. Emma has been a keen hiker all her life and she was determined we would walk this track as soon as possible.
But with return flights booked and paid for it was time to head home to Australia leaving the two women unclear about how they could justify an imminent trip back to Europe. Being musicians its not that easy to travel across the world, Jessie laughs. Their quest was something to ponder, something requiring time and creative thinking but the vision and the place persisted to play in their thoughts.
On a walk out one evening, an idea and a solution to the situation popped clearly into Jessies headand after all that thinking it turned out, rather ironically, to be a bit of a no-brainer.
Jessie was fortunate to be born into a singing family. As a multi-instrumentalist for most of her life she has also been a passionate choir leader since she was 18: I cant get enough of it, Im an absolute harmony addict, I love having people all around me singing harmonies all the time. Emma, who is also a musician, is an ardent fan of walking.
The freshly hatched plan combined all these skills and, most importantly at that point in time, gave Jessie and Emma a legitimate reason to head back to the Camino together to explore the idea of setting up their potential new venture: A Singing tour of the Camino for other people to do.
If we could go over there and set up this project, we could do it!
Within a few months of their original visit, Jessie and Emma went back to Spain and walked all 800 blister-busting kilometres of the Camino. They decided to focus on the final 200km stretch which they decided would be the ideal distance for singing walkers to cover on a twelve day tour. A significant amo...
CORRECTION: This is embarrassing but we jumped the gun and the WA expungement bill has, in fact, progressed through the WA parliament but not passed the final stage. We expect the bill to pass today and will keep supporters updated on social media. We look forward to celebrating this historic moment soon!
RELEASE: A dark chapter in Australias history may soon close for gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians, their friends and families. The Western Australian Parliament is currently considering whether to join all other states and territories to allow people charged under unjust homosexual laws to have their convictions removed from their criminal records.
Jamie Gardiner, a long-time gay rights advocate who has been campaigning for equality for more than 40 years, welcomes the reforms.
I am delighted that the WA Government is considering this long overdue reform. Convictions of gay men or boys under bad laws that should never have existed should be expunged. This reform was first proposed to a Victorian government in 1976, and finally achieved there in 2014.
Even though bad, homophobic laws were progressively repealed around Australia from the 1970s the damage they did to those who were caught up in them has lived on, poisoning the lives of many and causing great loss to both the victims and to society.
These unjust laws had a profound impact on the everyday lives of gay men, lesbians and bisexual people. In many cases the convictions have restricted employment, volunteering and travel overseas. More fundamentally, the convictions were a source of ongoing grief and deep personal shame for the individuals affected.
Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, urged the Western Australian Parliament to pass the laws as quickly as possible.
Sex between consenting adults should never have been criminalised. By acknowledging the impact of these homophobic laws, our members of parliament can pay respect to the victims of these laws and also to our LGBTIQ community.
Every state and territory should recognise that punishing people for who they love was the real crime, said Ms Brown.
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
CANBERRA, AAP Peter Dutton openly admits hes calling colleagues to get the numbers for another challenge to take Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls job.
He resigned his position as home affairs minister after narrowly losing a leadership challenge to Mr Turnbull on Tuesday.
But Mr Dutton says he is preparing for another challenge.
You dont go into a ballot believing that you can lose, and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me then I would consider my position, Mr Dutton told 3AW radio in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Im speaking to colleagues. Im not going to beat around the bush.
Mr Dutton also wants a royal commission into energy and fuel prices if he becomes leader.
Theres something thats not right, theres something that stinks about some of these electricity companies and fuel companies, he said.
Mr Dutton said immigration needs to be pushed towards Western Australia, South Australia and regional areas to reduce congestion in major cities.
He also said the governments company tax cuts were not going to get through the Senate, so the money should be spent on education and health.
The 47-year-old said on Tuesday he was going to the backbench to give him a chance to smile a bit more.
When youre stuck in front of a camera talking about the serious issues of national security and border protection, its pretty hard to crack a smile, he said.
However, Mr Dutton failed the AC/DC test on Triple M radio by not being able to name his favourite of the great Australian bands songs.
Ah, Ive had about an hour-and-a-half sleep last night. I havent sorry. Thatll be the gotcha of the day, he conceded.
Triple M played Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap for him later.
The inlet at Joyces Creek is always worth a visit, especially when there are good inflows into Cairn Curran. After being on a falling trend for much of the winter, storage levels are gently rising at present from decent late winter rain. This is providing good foraging habitat for Black Swans, a variety of ducks and small waders, as well as the water birds pictured below. This spot will be well worth a visit over coming weeks.
I am pretty thrilled to be appointed the Gardener in Residence, though I have been more likely to be found resident at dig cafe, in the igloo, or on the phone during August. Thankyou to gardeners for taking the time to meet and talk, share experiences and ideas and allow me to get a feel Continue reading Gardener resident, well almost.
Tortellini is a ring-shaped pasta, often referred to as belly button due to its navel shape. Tortellini is also the name of a little lamb whose moist umbilical cord told of her vulnerability. She was found in a field littered with the carcasses of other less-fortunate lambs, lambs for whom kindness never came, not even from the shepherd charged with their care. Wrapped in a warm blanket and kindness, Tortellinis umbilical cord was dabbed clean and clamped, as sweet and life-enhancing colostrum was prepared, as we offered our finest for this newborn lamb. Rewarding our efforts, life inched more and more into her near-frozen body, while her perilous situation caused us to ponder, Whatever happened to the good shepherd?*
*it has been reported that millions upon millions, 15 in fact, little lambs just like Tortellini never see out their first week of life, succumbing to starvation or hypothermia.
On 22 July 2018, three abandoned sows and a piglet were found severely emaciated and riddled with parasites in a forest. Paving their way to kindness and our sanctuary were a wildlife rescuer and a four wheel drive enthusiast. Whilst their circumstance raises so many questions that remain unanswered, we do know they have now truly found heaven in a haystack.
Our heartfelt thanks as always to Manfred and Helen from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue and our new friend Anthony, who all serendipitously came upon the pigs on that fateful day, and whose actions ensured their safety.
Want to help animals like Sadie, Toni, Princess and the cheeky Gizmo? Heres how:
And together with our Five Dollar Friday community, we have well and truly changed the world for one exceptionally brave and fortunate goat, who we have aptly named Together. Having arrived into our care some months ago after experiencing an horrific dog attack, it has been a long road to recovery for Together. Daily management has seen us able to gradually heal many of Togethers injuries, which included one ear having been completely torn off, another partially removed, a fracture to the delicate bone surrounding her eye and multiple bite wounds, one of which came frighteningly close to claiming her vision. Yet there is one thing veterinary care, wound management and medications cannot treat and that is the healing of Togethers spirit.
However this, we are pleased to say, is also slowly taking a turn for the positive. Whilst she most certainly does not welcome her daily eye baths and ointment application, Together no longer trembles at our touch, nor does she now fight with all of her might to escape us. In fact, a cheeky side has also begun to emerge in this dear girl as she now licks her lips in anticipation of the tasty wheet bix biscuit that is promised after each interaction with her caregivers. With time, love and of course, kindness, we have no doubt that Together will indeed have a life worth living here at Edgars Mission.
Once again, we send our unending thanks to the Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible. If you too would like the change the world together, please visit www.fivedollarfriday.com.au
Ive been struck on recent outings by:
Depending on the light conditions that scarlet can appear like anything on a spectrum from orange to dark red. What a marvellous little woodland bird.
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