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Friday, 25 August

01:46

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Figwood Road "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 8 Clothier Road Bellingen
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 25 Aug 2017 08:34

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: NPWS HR Pademelon SFAZ "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Lyons Road Sawtell
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 8 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 25 Aug 2017 08:48

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Old Glen Innes Rd, Chambigne "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 1315 Old Glen Innes Rd, Chambigne, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 911 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2017 16:53

01:41

Ballina pushes ahead with Lake Ainsworth plans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

Ballina mayor David Wright has used his casting vote to push ahead with plans to transform the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head into a family-friendly community park.

Cr Keith Williams had lodged a notice of motion calling on the council to stop major works in the South East precinct of Lake Ainsworth until the completion of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CMP) for Lake Ainsworth.

Cr Williams said sections of the community remained concerned at the proposed closure of the eastern road at the lake.

Following a fiery debate, however, the decision was to proceed with the various planning studies already underway.

Those studies include a flora and fauna study, Aboriginal cultural consultation, landscape and open space planning, and specialist planning advice.

Staff pointed out that the council could continue with the current development application process as the information being prepared for the DA could also be used in the CMP.

Cr Jeff Johnson said it was obvious that the Save the Road group had spent a lot of time convincing people of their arguments, but he maintained that most concerns would be addressed through the current planning studies and reports.

Studies and debates about the Lake what to do with the eastern road/foreshore have been going on for over 20 years, Cr Johnson said.

There has been various Council positions over the years and the current proposal to improve the infrastructure and amenity around the Lake was initiated about four years ago after Council sold the last remaining publicly owned blocks of land on the corner of Pacific Parade and Ross St.

I was opposed to these blocks of land being sold but that is where the money has come from and has been allocated to improving the amenity in this important area, often referred to as the jewel in the crown.

There is a lot of misleading information out there about what the council proposes.

Theres currently various studies being completed as part of a develo...

01:40

NORPA announces team of Associate Artists to help shape contemporary theatre from regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An impressive team of highly skilled theatre makers has joined Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA as Associate Artists to deliver a greatly increased creative program. Janis Balodis, Jade Dewi, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Valley Lipcer, Kate McDowell and Emma Saunders will work alongside Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director) to create new devised works for NORPA; deliver masterclasses, workshops and training programs; host artist residencies; launch a program for children, families and school students; as well as develop their own works and strengthen creative connections into the Northern Rivers community.

The company also welcomes producer Jo Porter who will be working across multiple projects for NORPA including Djurra, directed by Kirk Page premiering in November at Artstate NSW, and a new work in development led by Julian Louis, slated for presentation in 2018.

This is an exciting time for NORPA we are forging an adventurous, artist-led company within a creative cultural hub in regional Australia, said Artistic Director Julian Louis. All the artists joining us are accomplished makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms dance, acrobatics, acting, writing, music, production. Each artist brings their own ideas, passion and expertise. They connect us with a myriad of communities and inform NORPAs aesthetic and creative process.

Together we will create bold, new devised works and a far reaching artistic program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.

For more about each Associate Artist visit http://norpa.org.au/about-norpa/our-team/

Immediate opportunities for people to take advantage of the expertise of the new Associate Artists are via masterclass series and a weekly drop-in class. These are a dance-theatre masterclass with Emma Saunders (Dance Theatre Masterclass 31 Aug 2 Sept) and a physical theatre and acrobatic masterclass with Darcy Grant (Balancing Dynamics 18-22 September), plus a drop-in weekly class exploring improvisation and performance with Jade Dewi (Training Ground 18-22 September). NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis will also be involved in all classes. NORPA is offering three complimentary places per masterclass series.

For more information about all classes visit http://norpa.org.au/2017-masterclasses-and-training/

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00:59

Five men charged after cannabis raids "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of the men arrested yesterday by police. (supplied)

One of the men arrested yesterday by police. (supplied)

Five men were arrested yesterday after police executed six search warrants during which they located four seperate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.

One of the hydroponic set-ups discovered by police. (supplied)

One of the hydroponic set-ups discovered by police. (supplied)

The raids in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino were in relation to Strikeforce GLYN, which is targeting the commercial supply of cannabis.

Police will allege that at at an address in Parkwalk Drive Goonellabah they located four separate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.

At the Lismore search warrant police located a cannabis plant and cannabis, and a large amount of items were seized and examined.

A 54-year-old Goonellabah man has been charged with Organises/conducts/assists drug premises, supply cannabis, Enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, two counts of possess prohibited drug and cultivate prohibited plant; greater than commercial quantity. He has been bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.

A 24-year-old Goonellabah man was charged with Take part enhance indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, and Organises/conducts/assists drug premises. He will appear in Lismore Local Court in September.

A 24-year-old Goonellabah man was charged with Tak...

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Thursday, 24 August

23:57

Lennox Head Enduro "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

And theyre off. These youngsters are training hard in preparation for the Lennox Head Enduro paddling on cold and dark Lake Ainsworth three mornings a week. Photo supplied.

And theyre off. These youngsters are training hard in preparation for the Lennox Head Enduro paddling on cold and dark
Lake Ainsworth three mornings a week. Photo supplied.

Building endurance for the upcoming Lennox Head Endure the youngsters at the Lennox Head surf club are out three mornings a week on Lake Ainsworth.

The event is open to competitors aged from under 11 to under 17, and includes swim, board and run legs, with distances increasing with age. Under 11 competitors swim 400m, board paddle for 1km and run for 1km; whereas under 17 competitors swim 1km, board paddle for 3km, and run for 3km.

This is our regions premier junior lifesaving endurance event, and gives our juniors the opportunity to

sample the competitive world of an ironman/ironwoman in a safe and well supported community

environment, said Lennox Head Surf Sports Coordinator, Chris Bond.

There are cash prizes up for grabs for male and female first, second and third placed competitors in each age group, as well as an assortment of lucky draw prizes including a Dolphin Racing Mal.

Theres no question that this is a testing event across the age groups, but on the day its really inspiring to see these young people in the water and on the beach, putting in the hard yards, and witnessing their jubilation when they finish.

With close to 100 entrants from as far as Newcastle and the Gold Coast lsat year you can register until Friday, September 22 or at the club on Friday September 29 between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Competitors must be members of a surf lifesaving club to participate. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Lennox Head Alstonville SLSC facebook page. Enquiries: 0419 123 773 or lennoxenduro@gmail.com.

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23:54

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 rausgegeben.

Danach besteht bei einer Verkettung von Fehlern ein Risiko, dass sich das Kraftstoff-Luftgemisch im Treibstofftank entzndet.

23:49

On the brink: Hot, dry and deadly "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Campaign Director Daisy Barham. Photo supplied.

Campaign Director Daisy Barham. Photo supplied.

A new report by the Nature Conservation Council  Hot, dry, and deadly: Impacts of climate change on nature in NSW is being launched in Lismore on Tuesday, August 29 and Ballina Wednesday, August 30.

The report draws together the latest research to highlight the harm global warming is doing to nature across the state. The northern rivers catchment management area had 448 threatened species in 2012, with 16 critically endangered, 5 extinct, 5 endangered populations, 185 endangered species, and 18 ecologically endangered communities.

Everyone is invited to attend and find out more about how ecosystems and species in the Northern Rivers and North Coast regions will be affected by climate change and learn about how to be part of the solution.  

Species and ecosystems in NSW have suffered many blows over the past 200 years, with land clearing, invasive species, and changed fire regimes taking a terrible toll. Eight species in the region are already believed to be extinct and more than 170 are threatened or vulnerable, Nature Conservation Council Campaign Director Daisy Barham said.

Now climate change is a significant new threat that could push a range of species and ecosystems, including the koala, regent honeyeater, seagrass meadows and salt marshes over the brink if we dont act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.

Animal species that are currently presumed extinct include:

  • The White-footed Rabbit Rat it disappeared quite early after settlement.
  • The Eastern quoll it has disappeared from the north coast and most of mainland Australia. It may still be present in Barrington tops. Rufous scrub-bird and Eastern bristlebird they used to be in the Big Scrub in the lowlands but no longer there.
  • Fleays barred frog probably extinct in the Big Scrub

Both events start at 6pm. Lismore will be held at Friends of the Koala Centre, Friends of the Koala Centre, Rifle Range Rd, Lismore. Ballina takes place in the Jullum Room, Ballina Surf Club, Ballina.

To register click...

23:29

Fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It appears that on Day One before the High Court of Australia there is to be no united defence by those sitting politicians defending their election as members of parliament and stories appear to be changing.

ABC News, 24 August 2017:

The fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October.

The court held its first hearings on the cases in Brisbane today, and Chief Justice Susan Kiefel has ordered the matter be heard in Canberra on October 10-12.

It is not clear yet how long it could take the court to decide on the case and announce its decision on the five cases currently before it those of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, former Nationals Minister Matt Canavan, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.

Solicitor-general Stephen Donaghue QC, acting for the Commonwealth, had urged the hearings be scheduled in mid-September to ease any concerns about the validity of decisions made by the 45th Parliament.

In another twist, Mr Joyce's political nemesis, Tony Windsor, has been given permission to join the citizenship challenge in the High Court.

Mr Windsor will argue Mr Joyce has breached the constitution, as he was a dual citizen of New Zealand.

...

23:25

Rescued from slavery: Rameshs tale "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Young Ramesh and Gokul, from Access Nepal. Photo supplied.

Young Ramesh and Gokul, from Access Nepal. Photo supplied.

Young children who are born into some of the poorest countries are the target of slave traders.While its common its also heart wrenching; each childs story is different and compelling.

Ramesh is one such child, and thankfully he was rescued by Access Nepal with help from Naren King, founder of local business the Crystal Castle.

Nepal is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world over a quarter of the children in the country are victims of child labour, according to www.accessnepal.org.

Access Nepals Gokul Subedi says that when young Rameshs mother died, and with his father being an alcoholic, his relatives were approached by someone from a neighbouring village who said they could give Ramesh a better life and education in the city. His relatives thought the offer was a golden chance for Ramesh, he said.

Gokul explained that children from families where parents are illiterate, economically disadvantaged and have other complicating factors are easy targets for exploitation.

Generally, its neither a familys or a childs wish to go away to the city. Its primarily an employers or middlemans wish and ploy to take a child away from the family.

At the age of ten, Ramesh was was forced to work first as a domestic worker and then in a restaurant in Kathmandu. Following his rescue from the restaurant by Access Nepal and with the help of Crystal Castle founder Naren King Ramesh lived in a transit home for three years, where he spent time re-learning how to be a child and attended school.

Gokul said, Because of the torture and tremendous amount of work, their natural processes of childhood have been blocked. They never had a chance to be children during work.

...

22:28

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Kalang Road "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 1772 Kalang Road, Kalang
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2017 16:16

19:40

When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.


Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.


Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.


If They Want to Conduct a Seach

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

  • Sa...

17:46

"Just Where You Begin Again..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions."
 - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy" 

17:41

The State, last episode. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This blog has kindly given itself permission to address matters other than BBC bias, although (arguably) much of our grumbles can be traced back to the BBC.
So, unapologetically, this is another post about The State. Yes, it was shown on Channel 4. If youre looking for BBC-only content, you need to take a right at the crossroads and straight on - you cant miss it.

There has been quite a lot of coverage of Peter Kosmisnkys four part series about British would-be jihadis and jihadi brides.  Opinion is divided, but one particular complaint was unanimous. Most critics thought that the drama needed a back story. What, they wanted to know, led these particular characters to radicalisation? 
If youre looking for answers, Peter Kosminsky isnt going to be providing them. 

Kosminsky has been telling the media that he and his team spent eighteen months trawling through reams of testimony and guidance from witnesses and experts on Islam.  
(Otherwise how could a 61 year old middle-class Bafta-winning film-maker justify making a ground-breaking film about the subject?)

Im sure he believes he knows enough - at least enough to take a selection of interesting anecdotes and string them together into a gritty award-winning work.

As human beings were all capable of holding dozens of contradictory beliefs and opinions at once. Cognitive dissonance, isnt it?  

Here, the script delivered, and we were expected to swallow, leading characters so full of cognitive dissonance that the finished product came across as a string of anecdotes cobbled together - thatll do - and very heavy reliance on the acting and Kosminskys cinematographic expertise to see it through. 

One example of what seemed to be an isolated  interesting factoid thrown in for the sake of it, was protagonist Jalal being advised to speak Arabic, not English, because the particularly volatile knife-wielding psychopath and beheader-in-chief had a thing about Brits. I can almost hear Kosminskys team saying Thats interesting, well use that one.  
...

16:24

Veteran confronts Ohio Police Chief & Mayor after cops killed unarmed man (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly. In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers. The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

16:20

Another Revealing Interview With Robert Kennedy Jr. On Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ROBERT-759x420Watch New and Very Informative Documentary: The Truth About Vaccines

A recent interview was conducted by STAT News reporter Helen Branswell with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from The World Mercury Project, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the dangers and sources of mercury, with the ultimate goal of banning all uses of mercury on a global level. They believe the public desperately needs  accurate information about the sources and dangers of mercury, as this will allow them to better protect themselves and their families from the potentially devastating effects of this potent neurotoxin.

They emphasize:

The average person does not know that mercury is the second most toxic element on the planet, nor do they know that it is an incredibly potent toxin even at small exposure levels. Once in the body, mercury has a high affinity for moving into the brain where it can become trapped for decades. Once in the brain, mercury causes a chronic inflammatory process in the tissue which has been connected to autism, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease) and many more adverse health consequences.

When it comes to vaccines in particular, contrary to popular belief, many vaccines still contain unsafe levels of mercury. The flu and tetanus vaccine, for example, still contains 25 mcg of mercury. Mercury has also seeped into the food chain and hundreds of other medical pharmaceutical products, along with dental fillings.

None of these preservatives have ever been proven safe by science, so what is going on here? Why do we continue to allow this to happen?

This is precisely why Kennedy, along with several other supporters, held a press conference offering $100,000 USD to any scientist or journalist who could provide evidence showing it is safe to inject mercury into babies. While doing so, he presented approximately 100 studies that proved it is unsafe to do so.

Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals...

16:15

Lofgren introduces resolution urging Vice President and Cabinet to fulfil duties under 25th Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It was only a matter of time......

Amendment XXV
Section 4.

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the P...

16:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITHIN SAA LEADERSHIP
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within SAAs leadership, but cannot say if the departure of Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Masego Rahlaga

JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within South African Airways (SAA)s leadership, but cannot say if the departure of the airlines board chair Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Scopa on Wednesday interrogated the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure racked up by the airline during the past financial year.

During a question and answer session with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, claims emerged that government plans to sell off its stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for SAA.

Godi says finances at SAA need to be sorted out.

From our discussions on Wednesday, its clear that there are a number of problem areas, but of course leadership is one of the critical issues, whether from the board or management, I think there are serious challenges that need to be corrected.

Meanwhile, transport economist Joachim Vermooten says the problems at SAA are caused by the carrier wanting to do too much while it cannot afford to.

At the moment, it has a broad mandate and I think its just too wide. And its expanded on its activities instead of contracting that. So, you really need to make a change in direction to actually reduce the last lay-offs."

16:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

'PLAN TO SELL TELKOM SHARES TO RAISE R10BN TO BAIL OUT SAA JUST AN OPTION'
Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Gaye Davis
Eye Witness News

PARLIAMENT - The Ministry of Finance says the plan to sell off governments stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for ailing national airline South African Airways (SAA) is just one option being considered.

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian Alf Lees stunned MPs when he told Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday that he had a Cabinet document containing Finance Minister Malusi Gigabas detailed proposal for the move.

Ramaphosa, who was answering MPs questions in Parliament, neither confirmed nor denied the plan, saying that governments strategic assets remained under review.

Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Lees questioned whether it was a good idea.

Honourable Deputy President, do you support a sale of a good asset to save a bad asset?

The Economic Freedom Fighters also challenged the move.

The document values governments nearly 40% shareholding in Telkom at more than R14 billion and notes it will cost the fiscus R800m in annual dividends.

Lees revelation came just hours after Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi told Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts that SAA would not be allowed to go under and would not be privatised.

Finance ministry spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete has confirmed the document is a Cabinet memorandum.

But he says it is one option among others that the government is considering assisting the cash-strapped SAA and that nothing has yet been finalised.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

15:52

Dont Feed The Trolls How To Combat The Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Kazu Haga for Waging Nonviolence - Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Lets start there. The constitution does not protect violence, and Im happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the free speech of hate groups. But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I dont want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away. So what do we do? Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like its already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield. Yet I cant help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it? I dont pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

15:11

Section 44: The Cloud Gets Thicker, With An Office of Profit Now In The Mix "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The cloud hanging over Parliament from the spate of section 44 cases is further complicated by a scenario thrown up by the likely referral of NSW Senator Fiona Nash to the Court of Disputed Return over her possible status as a dual citizen.

Furthermore, at the directions hearing today for the first citizenship five matters referred to the High Court, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel asked the parties to consider what remedies might be appropriate with the passage of time since the last election, given that we are not in a circumstance where we are close to an election having been held.

This suggests argument over whether the effluxion of time might require a different solution (such as a re-run of the entire Senate election for an affected State) to the previously used method of recounting the Senate ballots as if the disqualified candidate were not present.

If Nash is held to be disqualified and the usual method of determining the filling of the seat were to be used, then the likely result is a candidate with a new qualification question hanging over her head. The next member on the Liberal/National ticket in NSW after those successfully elected was Hollie Hughes, who was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Attorney-General George Brandis in June this year. Such a position would be undoubtedly held to be an office of profit under the Crown, which is another disqualification under section 44 of the Constitution.

If Hughes were in turn disqualified as incapable of being chosen, the place would likely fall to the next placed member of Liberal/National Party ticket, retired Major-General, Jim Molan, who only weeks ago challenged the Liberal Party to expel him for speaking out on internal party matters.

The question then, which has not been taken to the High Court before and thus has not been resolved, is whether the declaration of election by the High Court in disputed returns cases is the new end point of the process of choosing in section 44, and does a candidate need to be free of any grounds for disqualification from the time of their original nomination to their election, even if that interval occurs over a number of years?

The following refines the argument...

14:58

Harvard-Trained Brain Researcher Has a Stroke and Figures Out The Mystery of Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Harvard-trained brain researcher had a stroke and while she lost half of her brain she survived and came back with some amazing information. Learning from an experience like this is truly inspirational, to say the least.

She is Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and is a published Neuroanatomist. She was able to experience firsthand what it means to only have access to the right hemisphere of her brain. While it has been quite a few years since her ordeal the story she has to offer is one we should all take the time to hear.

She has shared her amazing story on the TED stage and answered the biggest question of all, what is the mystery of life? The state of being in which Bolte Taylor says she experienced is one I cannot fathom. She was given an incredible opportunity through having a stroke.  It seems we are the lucky ones in this, as we get to hear the story of a brain scientist who could articulate the experience that she has gone through.

We are energy-beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.

While it took Bolte Taylor eight whole years to completely recover from her stroke she is now able to share her story with the world and from her experience we have much to learn. We are separated when it comes to the left hemisphere of our brains the right hemisphere truly is a place of deep inner-peace.

So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.

I strongly recommend that you take the time to truly listen to the TED talk below where Bolte Taylor tells her truly inspirational story and really let it sink in. We are destined for so much more in this life. We must really take the measures needed to get where we need to be in life.

12:05

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NYP: Appeal re Teenage Girl Sexually Assaulted in Scarborough Town Centre

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a sexual assault that occurred on York Place, outside the Brunswick Centre in Scarborough, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, reported that she had been touched on her body by a man who walked past.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 9in tall, short black hair with a large/broad build.

We are conducting enquiries and are requesting the publics help to establish full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information from anyone who observed the incident or recalls seeing the man.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for David Hinchliffe. You can also email David.Hinchliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170149734

Contact details:

David Hinchliffe #0336

David.Hinchliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 30336

Incident reference:
12170149734

10:52

Gold "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, looking at the analysis of Socrates on gold we see that the Momentum is bullish, trend is bullish, cycle trend is bullish, but Long term is bearish, how does that square with your call that Gold is going up to $5,000.00 when the long term is bearish.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Looking very long-term is different from the relevant time frame. Gold has not broken out and I have given the number where that becomes a possibility. We are not yet there. Events on the horizon are the critical issue. The world is not ready yet and the stock market also reflects this pending threshold. Socrates comment is thus concerned with the immediate outlook and until gold gets through key points, there is no breakout. The extreme target is not due on this cycle but the next.

09:43

Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Gala Awards held at The Star in Sydney on August 4th, Elements of Byron took one of the few coveted Major Awards.

The property received the Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra, beating every other development outside Sydney. Over 1,000 guests were in attendance at the event.

The UDIA Judges stated that they were impressed by the strength of the commitment of the owners and the whole development team to the holistic vision for an authentically Australian experience that harmoniously integrates with the natural features and ecosystems. Other major UDIA Awards went to Barangaroo South and 50 Martin Place.

Jeremy Holmes, Development Director for North Byron Beach Resort (which includes Elements of Byron resort) attended the event with resort owner Peggy Flannery and a number of the development team members. This is a very special award for me personally said Holmes. Elements of Byron has been blessed to receive numerous awards at state, national and international level. This one, however, is for my development team, some of whom have been working on this project for seven years.

The development team has taken the construction of Elements of Byrons second stage in-house rather than hiring an external building company. This unique approach has enabled them to more carefully manage construction impacts on adjoining neighbours and resort guests. We had the experience and the team said Jeremy Holmes. By doing the job ourselves we are able to have more control with work hours, quality and noise impacts. For example we start later in the morning and dont work Saturdays.

This UDIA Award follows a string of major awards the property has received over the past two months, including a major Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects, a Commendation in the Commercial Category from the Australian Institute of Architects and being named Best Large Scale Corporate Retreat in Australia at the Qantas Business Travel Awards. Elements of Byron has also just been announced as a finalist in the Hotel Management Awards in both the Regional Property and Meetings and Conference Property categories.

www.elementsofbyron.com.au

The post Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

09:38

Schromen-Wawrin, Wojnowski talk about issues at Port Angeles council candidate forum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Schromen-Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not go...

09:09

US State Department Science Envoy Resigns After Trumps Charlottesville Response "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Washington: One of the US State Departments three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trumps response to a white nationalist rally in...

08:35

Western NSW Primary Health Network shows what works in delivering effective Aboriginal health services "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The AHHA has released a Deeble Institute Evidence Brief on 'What works' in partnering to deliver effective Aboriginal health services: the Western New South Wales Primary Health Network experience.This Evidence Brief has been written because early evidence is suggesting that the partnership between the Western New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Network (PHN) and Aboriginal primary healthcare services in the Western NSW PHN region is proving effective in terms of increased trust and supporting a stronger network of services for local Aboriginal communities. In particular, the structure and governance of services in this PHN region are unique in Australia, and could possibly provide lessons for other PHNs and Aboriginal health programs generally.



The brief outlines and discusses the Western NSW PHN arrangements and how they are supporting and building a stronger platform for the delivery of Aboriginal primary healthcare services in this region.'Western New South Wales Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has had some exciting and inspiring success in delivering effective primary health services to Aboriginal people', says Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA).



In particular, the number of Aboriginal people using integrated care services for chronic conditions more than doubled in the space of only 4 months.

The Evidence Brief is available at: https://ahha.asn.au/publication/evidence-briefs/evidence-brief-15-what-works-partnering-deliver-effective-aboriginal

08:27

Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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18 hospitals from around Australia have signed up to the Lighthouse Hospital Project aimed at improving the hospital treatment of coronary heart disease among Indigenous Australians. Lighthouse is operated and managed by the Heart Foundation and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). It is funded by the Australian Government.

The 18 hospitals cover almost one-half of all cardiac admissions in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Heart Foundation National CEO Adjunct Professor John Kelly said closing the gap in cardiovascular disease between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was a key Heart Foundation priority, and it was highly appropriate that today's announcement coincided with National Sorry Day.

'Cardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is serious business. Australia's First Peoples are more likely to have heart attacks than non-Indigenous Australians, and more likely to have early heart disease onset coupled with other health problems, frequent hospital admissions and premature death. Deaths happen at almost twice the rate for non-Indigenous Australians, yet Indigenous Australians appear to have fewer tests and treatments while in hospital, and discharge from hospital against medical advice is five times as high', Professor Kelly said



More at: https://ahha.asn.au/news/18-hospitals-sign-close-gap-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-heart-health

08:25

PERTH Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker .

August 24, 2017 at 02:05AM .

In January 2015, Davidson failed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court to answer to those charges and absconded to Bali on a one-month tourist visa.

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07:51

These are the 7 Types of People You Need to Cut Out of Your Life Immediately! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Toxic people are everywhere, these toxic people have an extremely negative impact on our lives. We need to make sure to identify these toxic people and cut them out of our lives before they sink their teeth into our well-being.

Getting rid of toxic people can and will mean kicking friends out of your life, romantic partners, and in some cases family members. Unfortunately, sometimes it is something that has to be done. If you have ever gotten rid of a toxic person before you know how relieving it is. The following types of people are the most common types of toxic people but some people will fit into more than one of these categories.

I am more than aware that it can be hard to exile people who you care about, but when they are negatively impacting your life and refuse to stop you need to do something. Cutting ties is sometimes the best answer and you should never feel bad for doing so. You have to put yourself first no matter the situation.

7 Types of People You Need to Get Out of Your Life:

1. The Antisocial Personality

This person takes advantage of you and can sometimes become violent. While he or she may care about you to an extent they are not worth the trouble they put you through. These people are what most call sociopaths. If you know anything about sociopaths you know there is no place for them in your life.

2. The Critic

This person judges you all the time. He or she makes you feel as if you are not good enough in all aspects of life and enough is enough!

3. The Arrogant Prick

This person is annoying and intimidating; they are someone you already do your best to avoid. Cutting him or her out of your life only makes sense! People who make you uncomfortable to this extreme extent are not people you need to be around.

4. The Passive Aggressor

This person will always keep you waiting and in some cases make you late to most of your appointments. He or she will never truly allow you to understand what point it is that they are trying to get across, and you will forever be walking on eggshells around them.

5. The Narcissist

While a narcissist can sometimes be an arrogant prick they are usually a bit worse than that. He or she thinks that the world revolves around them, and you dont really mean anything to them anyway. They will look down on you and manipulate you so that they can get...

07:35

Should solo bikes have cheaper rego? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.

Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.

Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!

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A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.

Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.

There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.

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Fight for solo rego

South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).

When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.

We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.

Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts.

...

07:31

Building (Only) Toilets Isnt Always the Answer to Ending Open Defecation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In north Bihars Kosi, groundwater is very close to the surface, so people prefer to have their toilets farther away from home or they think defecation will contaminate their drinking water supply.

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

A boy standing near a river channel in Saharsa district, Bihar. Credit: Ranjeet Kumar Sahani

Ranjeet Kumar Sahani is a PhD student at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru.

In a speech in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, We are living in the 21st century. The poor womenfolk of the village wait for the night, until darkness descends, to defecate in the open. Cant we make better arrangements of toilets for the dignity of our mothers and sisters? Two months later, he launched a campaign called Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to end open defecation throughout the country by 2019, together with the construction of 75 million toilets.

It is important to discuss Swachh Bharat Abhiyan now because the deadline of the mission is not very far. Also, the recent trend in terms of open defecation has been not-so-satisfactory for the ambitions of the mission started in 2014. This is because its success rate seems to be very low even though the program is supported by central and state...

07:01

It is Always a Matter of Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Do you use astrology as one of your inputs as to cycles? There are, as you most likely know, financial astrologers who have tracked the patterns of planets that co-incide with market movements.

ANSWER: No. I am fully aware that some people use that and I have been told sometimes it lines up with our targets once in a while. Our model is strictly correlating hard data nothing subjective. Following the movement of capital is the breadcrumbs through the forest.

My personal goal is to step back and let the computer write the reports and forecast the world.

06:28

The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

010 The Pineal Gland, Higher Self Protection & Geomagnetic Field Correlations w/ Heather Sartain

by: Enlighten Up

We welcome Heather Sartain to our show today who is a professor at the University of Houston, has a degree in Geophysics and Astronomy, is an expert on the pineal gland, and was recently on Cosmic Disclosure with David Wilcock and Corey Goode. She is currently working on 3 books, one which is called The Devolution of the Pineal Gland. She will be sharing with us some information that isn't even published yet so we are excited to have her on the show.

Topics discussed:

What is the pineal gland? What is its purpose? What is the connection to pineal gland calcification and fluoride? Why is fluoride being added to our water supply? Does fluoride really prevent cavities and if so, do we really need it?

How does fluoride effect our spiritual connection? What are the ways we can decalcify our pineal gland? What will happen to us spiritually when we do? What is the relationship between the pineal gland and 'crossing over' to the other side when one passes?

Is there a correlation to the energy field of our pineal glands and the geomagnetic field? What does this mean and do humans have an influence on this? Do we as humans possess a much stronger power than we're lead to believe?

Plus a bonus introduction to E.Ts! Heather's father worked for NASA and Lockheed Martin as an aerospace engineer before passing away in 2013. Before he did he shared with her some interesting information about UFO's and their technology found in the infamous Roswell crash as well as others. Does some of our communication technology actually come from recovered and reverse engineered UFO technology found?

Find all of this out and more in episode 10!

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06:26

Three arrested, hydroponic set-ups found Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Three people have been arrested after police executed multiple search warrants in northern NSW.

Strike Force Glynn was formed by officers from Richmond local area command to investigate the alleged ongoing supply of prohibited drugs.

Following inquiries, six search warrants were executed this morning (Thursday 24 August) at homes in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino.

At a home in Goonellabah, police located four separate hydroponic set-ups containing a large number of enhanced cannabis plants.

A cannabis plant, along with cannabis leaf, was also seized from a Lismore home.

Three men aged 54, 31 and 24 have been arrested and are currently at Lismore Police Station assisting police.

A 61-year-old man is expected to be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivate a prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.

The search warrants are continuing.

The post Three arrested, hydroponic set-ups found Lismore appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:00

Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered go home. That was in January 2002, just three Continue reading "Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan"

The post Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

05:52

Ein bemerkenswertes Comeback "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Eigener Bericht) - Angesichts der Aufstockung der US-Truppen in Afghanistan warnen Experten vor einem neuen Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen der NATO und Russland am Hindukusch. Wie Beobachter einhellig erklren, hat Russland seinen Einfluss in Afghanistan in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich ausbauen knnen. Zudem hat das erbrmliche Resultat des beinahe 16 Jahre whrenden NATO-Krieges das Ansehen des Westens in dem Land ganz erheblich beschdigt; Moskau knne sich das inzwischen zunutze machen und sein Prestige aufbessern, wird berichtet. Ein einstiger Spitzenfunktionr der US-Geheimdienste urteilt, fr den russischen Prsidenten Wladimir Putin sei Afghanistan heute "ein weiterer Hotspot, um Einfluss auszuben" und um Moskau "als Problemlser und Friedensbringer darzustellen". Falls die NATO und Russland sich am Hindukusch mit unterschiedlichen Krften zusammentten, drohe dort - wie in Syrien - ein Stellvertreterkrieg.

05:48

ZAP's Mid-Week Report -- August 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Subject: The Mid Week by ZAP from "The Office of Poofness''
From: "The Office of Poofness" <<a href="mailto:2goforth@humanus.ca">2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Wed, August 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Zap Says 


HI ALL

MANY CHANGES AFOOT. WE ALREADY KNOW THE RV IS IN FULL SWING, AND THIS WEEK HAS BEEN HUGE FOR CLOSINGS. WE KNOW THAT BIG FILES HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF, AND THEY ARE GEARING UP THE SPEED THAT THESE THINGS ARE BEING DONE.

I HAVE TALKED WITH A COUPLE OF LAWYERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED AND THEY HAVE STATED THAT THEY HAVE CLOSED AND PEOPLE PAID. WE DID NOT HEAR MUCH ON THE OTHER END, SO I ATTRIBUTE THAT THAT TO STRICT NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS.

SO TO ANSWER A FEW OF YOU, YES IT IS ALL COMING TRUE. THERE WILL BE FUNDS ON A LARGE SCALE COMING OUT TO YOU AND THE ECONOMIES.

THIS IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE RELEASES. WHAT OTHER WAY CAN YOU GET TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT INTO THE ECONOMIES SAFELY IN A MEASURED WAY SO AS NOT TO CREATE CHAOS AND RUIN PEOPLE.

NOW THAT IS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN AS THE LOTTERY MENTALITY WILL BE VERY STRONG IN MANY PEOPLE. YOU GET A FEW MILLION, AND GO NUTS, AND A YEAR LATER YOU ARE IN WORSE SHAPE THAN WHEN YOU STARTED.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR THINKING AS OPPOSED TO MUDDY THINKING. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE LARGE MONEY. DO NOT LET YOUR ELATION GOVERN YOUR PRACTICALITY. DO WISE THINGS. ONLY THIS WAY WILL YOU BE OF USE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PROJECT YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO DO TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL AS YOURSELF FOR THE LONG TERM.

ON OUR SIDE, WE ARE ALMOST THERE. WE WERE TO GET OUR FIRST FUNDS YESTERDAY (YES I CAN TALK A LITTLE NOW). HOWEVER, THE TYPHOON HATO IN HONG KONG CLOSED THE BANKS AND DELAYED USAGAIN. AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. THAT ONE WAS A FORCE 10 WITH MAX WINDS AT 223 KPH. IT CAUSED OVER 8 BILLION IN DAMAGE IN HONG KONG (PRELIMINARY TALLY).

WE WERE ALL COUNTING ON THESE FIRST FUNDS TO GIVE US RELIEF UNTIL THE MAJOR PROJECT FUNDS HIT, BUT AGAIN THE FORCES OUT THERE DECIDED WE HAVE TO GRIT OUR TEETH A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT IS SOO DIFFICULT TRYING TO MAINTAIN STABILITY AND KEEP EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM FED AND UNDER A ROOF. FEW PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT IS.

WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED EMAILS FOR GIVING HELP RATHER THAN RECEIVING IT, AND YES WE WILL HELP SHORTLY. I HAVE ANSWERED A FEW OF THESE AND REST ASSURED THAT THE MOMENT WE HAVE ANYTHING, WE WILL SHARE. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GEARED FOR AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

THE RUMORS OF OUR DEMISE ARE KINDA WRONGWE ARE NOT GOING AWAY THERE IS TOO MUCH WORK TO DO. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO.

IN EXTENDED GRATITUDE.

LOVE AND LIGHT
IN OUR SERVICE
ZAP
GOD IS; I AM; W.......

05:00

Why Its Important to Understand the Different Types of Floods "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recognising the different kinds of floods helps in understanding the various factors and forces at work, based on which remedial steps can be taken.

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road. Credit: Reuters

As vast areas in India are again submerged by floods, the priority at present is to intensify the rescue and relief effort. However, sooner rather than later, we also have to confront and attempt to answer uncomfortable questions regarding why the vast investments towards flood-control efforts have not yet yielded any significant results. Expenditure incurred in various plan periods on floods adds up to around Rs 1,50,000 crore at 2010-11 prices. Over 35,000 kms of embankments have been built. However, the area classified as flood-prone has increased from around 40,000 million hectares in 1980 to around 50,000 million hectares at presen...

04:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In Quest of the New
The Sungni Senior Middle School in Rangnang District is known across Pyongyang as one whose students are bright at their lessons. When I visited the school to know its secret, headmaster Kim Sok Ryol, Labour Hero and Peoples Teacher, was examining the contents of the teaching program of physics. He showed the program to me. The teaching program of last year was filled up closely with new notes leaving no blank, whereas the new teaching program was clean, edited from last years program. Its fuzzy pages are eloquent of the painstaking efforts of teachers to find out a new teaching method, writing in notes about the questions brought up in class.

Here is a note jotted down by a teacher in the space of his program of instruction:

The lesson went on by questions and answers and the students who answered my questions gratified me. But when I posed a problem relevant to the subject of the lesson, many of them failed to solve it. This was because I did not take into consideration their difference in ability. So, poor students feeling small in the presence of bright students remain dumb in class. I think it is required by the present-day education to enhance the average capacity of the students to nurse them into a large force of talent.

To give the different-levelled students enough time for thinking, the teacher cut the time of explanation in the lessons on condition that they prepare enough for the lessons, while letting them settle simple problems by means of discussion among each study group. Then he made it a rule to conduct a lesson where detailed explanation is given only about a difficult problem when it came hard for all students to understand and rewrote the teaching program accordingly. This enabled the weak students to have more opportunity to have their say and give full play to their latent faculties and encouraged all students to devote themselves to studies with greater zeal. His experience was generalized in the school, bringing forth various new teaching methods, and this resulted in a new school-years teaching program for every subject which was just like an essay.

While making much account of the teachers fluent speech in conducting classwork by the heuristic method, the school jud...........

04:30

Ruby Fields announces her national P Plates single launch tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.

Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.

Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.

Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.

It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.

On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.

Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)

Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...

04:30

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Red Root Rd, Shark Creek "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Red Root Rd, Shark Creek, NSW 2463
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 163 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2017 11:56

04:17

Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney jobs surge

Sydney displaced Melbourne as the economy creating the most jobs over the year to July 2017, at more than +71,000. 

Melbourne created +58,200 new jobs on a net basis, with Brisbane at a more moderate +19,000.

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to trend down, with the monthly unemployment rate in the harbour city well below 4.5 per cent in July. 


Despite this there have been few signs of stronger wages growth in New South Wales to date, with annual wage price rising only by about +2 per cent across the state. 

The below chart hints at a possible reason why - a pullback in the participation rate. 


But stronger wages do look set to return with jobs being created at this pace.

04:13

Country Boy Hospitalised After Greeting Every Passerby on Stroll in Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

COUNTRY

A man from country NSW is suffering from third-degree vocal cord tears after he personally greeted every single person he walked past during a short stroll in the big smoke today.

To make matters worse, not a single person acknowledged him in return, he told The Sydney Sentinel in an interview conducted via Morse code.

I started out with the classic combo of a gday and a head nod, which is a big hit back home, the man said. After that failed to get a response, I tried alternating between good morning and hows it going for a few hours before stripping things right back to hello. Nothing.

The man estimates that he greeted approximately 12,345 people during his CBD stroll, which is 12,343 more people than he usually passes on a walk of a similar length back home.

The mans luck didnt change on his bus ride to the hospital, where everybody he smiled and nodded at or even just caught the eye of either moved away, got off the bus or asked if he was looking for a fight.

It was almost like nobody cared about anyone, he said. International trends are always a bit slow to come to the country so its not my fault this happened but, when I get home, Ill be sure to tell everyone about the turmeric lattes, strange beards, and rudeness I encountered to ensure no one else suffers these kinds of injuries.


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03:00

Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You might still be waiting for pizza delivery by air, but in Rwanda (and soon in Tanzania) drones are already in the air, and doing much more important work.

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwandathe first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scalestaff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

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02:28

Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency present:
sleepmakeswaves
With special guests Rosetta (USA)

 

Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:

This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.

Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.

These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.

Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:

We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.

sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...

02:25

Tourism symposium hears calls for more govt investment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

Basic infrastructure must be improved to support the Byron Shires thriving festival and events scene and its up to the NSW and federal governments to foot the bill, the founder of the Byron Writers Festival has told a tourism conference.

Chris Hanley OAM told the Beyond the Boom tourism symposium on August 18 that it was time for government to reinvest some of the money it had made from the hard work of event organisers.

How about giving us some money back for our infrastructure so that people dont break their axles coming into town? Mr Hanley said to an audience of around 100 local business people gathered at Elements of Byron.

The government makes more money out of this Shire than any other regional shire in NSW.

If you give money to this area, well do more with every dollar because were really good at that.

Mr Hanley also said faster, more reliable internet and IT infrastructure was also badly needed. How do you operate in the modern world without these things? he said.

Sustainability

Sustainability was a key theme at the symposium and, in his opening address, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson said that this meant being prepared to say no to tourism growth for the sake of the community.

This community is not going to sit by and watch its housing stock disappear, its amenities disappear and its cultural and community integrity disappear, Cr Richardson said. We are a community; we are more than beaches and lighthouses and cafes.

Death by popularity

Continuing that theme, former mayor of Queenstown in New Zealand, Vanessa Van Uden, spoke about the risk of death by popularity, which she said can result from the loss of housing affordability.

Many of our people are struggling to pay the rent, the bills and put food on the table, Ms Van Uden said....

02:20

Lismore Op Shop battling black mould after flood "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

A Lismore Op Shop is being closed today for a black mould treatment amid allegations that volunteers have been put at risk.

A former volunteer has claimed that volunteers at the the Magellan Street Lifeline store have walked off the job as they are concerned for their health.

This has been disputed by Lifeline Distribution manager Sharon Sawyer, who told Echonetdaily that anyone with an allergic reaction to mould could leave.

We dont force people to stay (working) there, she said.

The former volunteer, Mark Bailey, in a series of Facebook posts last night, claimed that volunteers had asked Lifeline management to guarantee in writing that the store had been cleared of black mould.

A volunteer has alleged that the Senior Manager, Alicia Federer, has stated that she is under no obligation to provide this guarantee in writing, and that it is alleged that Ms Federer has stated that all she has to do is have the store treated, Mr Bailey said.

Ms Sawyer responded saying that the mould was being treated today, and that it was not extensive.

Someone is making accusations that dont have much fact in them, she said.

Weve been acting according to the health department regarding the management of the mould, she said.

We sprayed it at the time during the restoration of the shop but it is starting to come back, she said.

Ms Sawyer said Lifeline was not the only shop in town being impacted by mould, and that the council had been made aware of the issue.

She said she was not aware of any volunteers who had become sick as a result of the mould.

There have been some reports of sinus issues but the health department has advised that it could be an allergic reaction to spores in the air, she said.

Mould will be an issue for many months to come because there was so much moisture in buildings.

There is also likely to be a lot of mould spores in the air but there has been no evidence that the mould is toxic

She urged anyone feeling unwell however to seek medical advice.

The health department...

02:19

Roundhouse DA lands in court conciliation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores will soon be a building site after a community action to stop the sale of the blocks failed in court.

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores.

 

A developers plan to plonk eight dwellings on two Roundhouse lots on prime Ocean Shores land is still being thrashed out with Council, say staff.

The matter is before the Land and Environment Court after Byron Shire Council refused a development application to put eight dwellings on two of the Roundhouse blocks in March 2017. 

Acting legal services manager Matt Meir told The Echo, During the course of conciliation the applicant has revised the number of proposed dwellings to six.

There was a conciliation conference, as part of Land and Environment Court proceedings between Byron Shire Council and an applicant (Glassington) on Tuesday August 15. 

He added, This matter was reported to the Byron Shire Council meeting on August 3 where Council resolved to delegate staff to finalise the matter via conciliation if possible.

Loss of amenity

Its upset longtime Ocean Shores local Karen Owens, who told The Echo she has suffered much stress and a loss of amenity owing to the close proximity of the structures to her home. There are eight townhouses on half an acre! says Karen.

She says that given the very close proximity of the buildings to her home, she has lost her privacy, the sun has been blocked and there are now flooding issues. Her home has been devalued, she says.

I defy anyone to want to live in my house now. For years and years I have had construction metres from my boundary and will have for many years to come. After construction has been completed, I could have eight to ten three-bedroom residences surrounding me within metres on three sides.

Karen added, Till the day I do die, I will never understand why Council fought the community for this Roundhouse land in court for decades only to sell it at arguably half its value.

Formerly Council-managed land, eleven Roundhouse blocks were quickly sold w...

02:16

Youth innovation project kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

A new initiative that aims to create opportunities for young people is off and running with a focus on inspiring young people to think like entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities.

It is called the Byron Young Innovators project, and Byron Shire Council recently held a breakfast talk with Matt Pfahlert from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Victoria.

This was a chance to hear his ideas about successful youth entrepreneurship programs and proven social enterprise models, said Sasha Graham, Byron Shire Councils social innovation officer.

ACRE is running successful programs in northeast Victoria, an area that has similar social issues and untapped economic opportunities to Byron Shires.

It has introduced programs in schools across Victoria. As part of the program students created, developed and ran their own businesses within their school and donated the profits to a social cause they were passionate about.

Byron Young Innovators will include a number of projects to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Byron Shire, which will be aimed at different age groups.

The first project will be aimed at primary school students and will involve a two-day entrepreneurship program. Future events are planned for 2018. For schools and a chance to get involved call Sasha Graham on 6626 7000 or visit www.byronyounginnovators.org.au.

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02:13

Lets have a peek at the states first rail to rail-trail legislation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

Hans Lovejoy

According to the recently passed Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line Between Rosewood and Tumbarumba) Act 2017, the corridor will be managed by a rail infrastructre owner yet that authorisation is limited to the land being dedicated under Crown Lands legislation.

According to Fairfax online news site on June 23, the new law clears the way for the construction of a 21-kilometre rail trail in what will be a first for NSW.

The www.dailyadvertiser.com.au reports, The TumbarumbaRosewood corridor is expected to be declared a Crown reserve, with Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee the trail development.

Similarly, the Wagga rail trail group say on their website that the Snowy Valley Council will be appointed to oversee development of the trail.

It reads, This is similar to the process adopted by other Australian states in which rail trails have flourished.

Yet according to www.waggarailtrail.com.au, the Wagga Rail Trail draft strategic directions and an implementation plan are yet to be announced.

Local Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith told The Echo that her party and Labor pushed for an explicit statement in the Bill where the line could never be sold off to the private sector.

Greens opposed to track removal

Asked what model she supports for rails, she replied, I support any model that retains the rail corridors in public hands, is managed by a public trust that does not have any member who has a commercial interest in the trail or businesses in close proximity to the trail, and that does not rip up the tracks.

The public trust model is proposed by the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association...

02:10

Bangalow Weir upgrade kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Federal funding has been confirmed for Bangalow Parklands and the local Bangalow community are thrilled to hear that all their hard work is finally paying off.

Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team told The Echo, Since hearing the exciting news of the governments $250,000 grant, the Bangalow Parklands team has been working closely with Byron Council staff on plans to transform the old dip site in the park into a useful carpark, and to create a fabulous new adventure playground for the western end of the park.

At this stage, were discussing the idea of building a tree-house around a couple of huge camphor laurel trees in the park as the focus of the playground.

The project began in 2010 with concern over the collapsing state of the weir in Byron Creek and should result in as an exciting overhaul of this delightful local parkland and waterway.

Byron Shire Council mayor Simon Richardson said, The Bangalow Weir and park is an area that has gone from a tired space to a well-loved place for Bangalow families to gather for play dates and celebrations.

Three new benches were recently installed, thanks to funds donated by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, and there are long-term plans by Landcare, who are planting out the creek banks and wetlands.  A mural is planned for the amenities block, rock circles and more.

added Christobel, There are also plans for a new shelter shed that will recall an early settlers cabin, but with new barbecue facilities and a water tank.

Since the work all has to be completed by April 2018, things are moving fast.

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02:03

Politics, science and snow! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget.

It was a visit to Parliament House and Questicon, and a chance to frolic in the snow!

For most of the children they were seeing snow for the first time and they were screaming with excitement, Durrumbul primary school teacher, Mr Durkin said.

Every two years, the Valley of Small Schools (VOSS) come together and take their students on a mammoth trip via Canberra to the snow.

It was really amazing to see new friendships formed within the valley of the small schools and to see their confidence and ability grow on the trip in such a small space of time, continued Mr Durkin.

Questicon, the national science and technology centre, provided a chance to get hands on in science while Parliament House and the War Memorial highlighted to students why we live in such a beautiful, free country, said Mr Durkin. It was an awesome experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life, concluded 12-year-old Kane from Durrumbul.

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01:48

Aris on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

The list of finalists for the Olive Cotton Award in 2017 features many of the biggest names in Australian portrait photography, but it has also continued the emergence of a talented young local.

In 2014, Ari Messina was a winner in Tweed Regional Gallerys Les Peterkin prize for portraits for local primary school children.

Fast forward just three years and Messina, now aged 12, has become the youngest finalist for the Olive Cotton Award, which has been touted as Australias leading prize in portrait photography.

His piece, Dark Side of a Girl, hangs among the other 71 finalists for 2017, on exhibition in Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October.

Messina said his selection as a finalist was a really big surprise.

I wasnt expecting it to be a finalist. I was shocked at first but it felt so good, he said.

At the time I took it, I didnt have any intention to entry it in the Olive Cotton Awards but after I looked at it on the computer, my mum and I knew it would be good to enter.

Messina said he was exposed to photography from a very early age because his grandfather and uncle are both photographers.

Being immersed in it really got me to enjoy taking photos, he said.

Messina said he did not have any particularly ambitions with his photography.

Right now I am just enjoying taking photos and learning how to use my camera.

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01:41

Donating to Ballinas community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied.

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied. 

Giving back to the community is something Ballina RSL Club is extremely passionate about. 

Since the inception of the ClubGRANTS imitative. Ballina RSL has made an enormous difference to community groups with an extraordinary 4 million dollars, cash and in-kind given out alone to the Ballina Shire Community.

Each year through ClubGRANTS, Ballina RSL Club provide support to around 100 local community organisations, sporting groups and charities that make a difference in the local Ballina Shire region.

This is our 11th year we have had this initiative in place said Bill Coulter CEO Ballina RSL Club.

Giving donations and seeing how the money makes such a difference to the recipients is so rewarding, added Bill.

To be eligible to apply for a ClubGRANT, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website or click here

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01:38

Popeye on The Malliard Report (08-15-2017) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(POPEYE) Conspiracy an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot. A word that has become quite a regular staple to the vocabulary of listeners of The Malliard report, and this weeks guest is certainly no stranger to this rule. Awakened, red-pilled, truther, or whatever moniker you want to give this weeks guest, one thing for sure is that he is no stranger to venturing down the rabbit hole. On this episode Jim welcomes the one that helped push him into the realm of the shadowy cabal, and that is none other than Popeye of Down the Rabbit Hole Radio and Federaljack.com. Popeye joins up with the report to discuss geo-engineering, 9/11/, the right/left paradigm, unrest in the US, the bastardization of the word conspiracy and much more. So go ahead and press play, and take a step through the looking glass and venture down that hole

Just try and scroll through a news website, or turn on a channel without seeing something about the mass unrest that is transpiring not only in the south eastern states, but across the nation. Alt-Right, ANTIFA, Neo-Nazis, Far Left, social justice, (insert group here) lives matter, us-vs-them. As it was once stated: In times of trouble, everyone joins a team. No one waves a flag for all human beings. No ones excited unless they are divided. Someones going to have to give in While the perceived chaos seems to be spreading at an exponential rate, one cant help but to stop and ponder at the possibility of this being a contrived epidemic.

When the idea of induced civil unrest is brought up, the first notion is to question why such a thing would even happen in the first place. While a simple answer may appear difficult to convey at first, four little words may be able to explain everything: order out of chaos. It is far simpler to gain control of a situation or a people when things are completely out of order. The authoritative figure almost appears as a savior of sorts. By turning people against each other in an asymmetrical warfare fashion, this allows the powers...

01:31

Ballina to consider beach clean-up again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

A group of Ballina councillors will today have another go at making the council clean-up local beaches and waterways after the March floods.

The councillors also want the council to develop  a clean-up policy for future flood events.

Cr Sharon Cadwallader moved a notice of motion for the clean-up at the last meeting of the council but she was unsuccesfull.

Today she also has the support of Crs Eoin Johnson and Sharon Parry.

In a comment to todays motion, the councillors say It is also acknowledged that council did resolve many years ago not to provide a regular beach cleaning service.

There is also a risk in that removing flood debris that further debris may continue to arrive or another weather event, they say.

This is why it is important we have a policy that clarifies Councils level of service which can then be communicated to the community.

We have all been approached by people wanting us to provide this service based on the current condition of our beaches and a policy will help Councillors and staff answer the questions we receive.

We do need to provide some level of service in respect to removing excess debris, as our beaches and foreshore areas are a major attraction for residents and tourists.

Staff have pointed out that funding for beach clean-ups was not available from the Federal .or state government under flood relief arrangements, and would therefore the council would be footing the bill.

Also the clean-up can interfere, to a certain extent, with natural processes as tree debris is a source of habitat for some fauna in the coastal dunes and the flood events are a source of replenishment for this, staff said.

The matter will be debated at todays council meeting, which begins at 9am in the council chambers in Cherry Street..

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01:15

Tweed water improves, but residents still urged to limit use "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

Tweed shire residents are being urged to reduce the amount of water they use as the council battles to remove salty water from its water supply.

Council workers last night managed to reduce the salt concentration in drinking water treated at the Bray Park Treatment Plant, but have been unable to produce enough good water to satisfy demand.

A small surface pump was used yesterday to draw the good water from the top strata of the dam, avoiding as much as possible any draw of the heavier salty waters from the bottom levels.

The amount of total dissolved solids in the treated supply fell to within the good range however, a number of reservoirs need to be recharged today.

The council has again urged residents to use as little water as possible while it works to get more good water into the system.

The treatment plant operated all night to treat the water intake but with inflow rates of good surface water at just 128 litres per second, the council says it does not yet have the 20 megalitres of good water it will need today to recharge the reservoirs.

Consequently it will start the main intake pump and run it at minimal capacity to limit the draw of salty water and, together, both pumps should draw a greater volume of a suitable shandy of good to fair quality water to boost production.

Water manager Anthony Burnham said the dredge pumping the salty water from the bottom of the weir was now drawing very salty water from a depth of 8.5 metres at about 160 litres a second and releasing it downstream.

If we can minimise the amount of water consumed and maintain a higher production level of fair quality water, the situation will gradually improve from here on, Mr Burnham said.

But, if the demand for water is not contained, we will have to draw more salty water into the system to guarantee supply.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines rule <600mg/litre of dissolved solids is good quality; 600-900mg/litre is fair quality; and, >1200mg/litre is of unacceptable quality. Water produced last night had a dissolved solids concentration of 204mg/litre. By bringing the main pump online the council expects that to rise t...

00:44

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings

  • a brief  In My View report by NIGEL WARD.

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This evening, Wednesday 23rd August 2017, I attended a hustings for the by-election to be held on Tuesday 29th August 2017 for the Mulgrave ward of Scarborough Borough Council .

The turn-out, as far as members of the public were concerned, was good, with all seats occupied I would estimate around 30-40 people.

Before the hustings began, I learned from the general conversation that two of the four candidates had tendered their apologies and would not be attending the Conservative candidate Marion WATSON apparently had a more pressing appointment, and the Independent octogenaraian candidate John ARMSBY (a former member; he lost this seat in 2015), who had apparently indicated that his electors knew perfectly well who he was; he needed no further introduction, thank you.

A third candidate was also absent. Lee Francis DERRICK for the Yorkshire Party, had apparently not responded to his invitation.

This latter, in particular, came as no surprise to me. I had written to the Yorkshire Party on 1st August 2017 requesting a little background and a picture of the candidate. No response. I must take that as an indication of the kind of representation Mr DERRICK would offer his electors were there even a hope in hell of him being elected.

This left Hugo FEARNLEY [Labour], the sole attending candidate, to accept the Chairs suggestion that the session could best be salvaged by an open Question & Answer session.

Hugo FEARNLEY introduced himself with a brief resum of his life in the environs of Whitby. He explained the special significance of this particular by-election, that it provides an opportunity to negate the present Tory majority at SBC.

The Question side of the dialogue was hogged by two ladies of a certain age who, whilst professing to be apolitical and impartial, used the opportunity to bombard Mr FEARNLEY with increasingly hostile questions, some ranging far beyond the remit of whichever candidate achieves election to a seat on a Borough Council. That, and singing the praises of paedo-apologist Councillor John NOCK [Con.], who, with his c...

00:34

High Court kicks off MP citizenship cases "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.

It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.

Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.

He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.

In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.

If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.

Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.

Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.

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00:31

NSW students taught the wrong maths "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Students at a regional high school have been taught the wrong maths. (file pic)

Senior students at a regional NSW high school are preparing for their HSC exams after being taught the wrong maths course for several months.

The states education minister is furious at the bungle and has launched an investigation, while parents want staff to be disciplined.

Five year 11 and two year 12 students at Coonamble High School were taught Maths General 1 instead of Maths General 2, a spokesman for the education department told AAP in a statement on Wednesday.

Maths General 2 counts towards a students ATAR, which allows them to enter university, while Maths General 1 does not.

Students and their parents have met with a department representative and were subsequently advised to do their best in upcoming exams with the help of additional tutors.

Its bad timing and the scary thing is it could have been worse, P&C president and parent of one affected year 11 student, Lee OConnor, told AAP.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the proposed solution was not acceptable.Im angry on their behalf if this was my child I would be furious, he told 2GB on Wednesday.

What the school has come up with, in my view, is not acceptable.

Mr Stokes has instructed a representative of the NSW Education Standards Authority to find a solution and investigate the event.

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23:36

People who think punitive measures help drug addicts havent seen what I have "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The following article was written by Alex Wodak, who is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and perhaps Australias leading expert and advocate for a different approach to dealing with harm full drug use issues. It was published in the Australian edition of the Guardian (22 August 2017). This is worthwhile reading and the points he raises deserve serious consideration, in any attempt to find answers to what is a complex problem that must ultimately be seen as a health issue. Wodak points out that penalysing the user has brought harm to those targeted and failed to reduce harmful drug use.

Drug testing trials for people on income support have been trialled and abandoned in a few countries. In addition to causing significant harm to affected people and the wider community, they came at an enormous cost to the taxpayer.

In 1986 I was part of a group that resorted to civil disobedience to get needle syringe programs started in Australia. HIV had begun spreading among people who injected drugs in Sydney with a real concern of a major national epidemic. But the NSW government refused to allow even a pilot program. From our office near Sydneys Kings Cross, we handed out clean needles. Breaking the law and helping to halt an epidemic was better than waiting till the government agreed and risking a nasty epidemic in the meantime.

Fast forward 30 years and I had hoped Australia would have adopted a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to drugs where illicit drugs were seen as mainly a health and social problem rather than just a criminal justice issue. And where governments stood up to the drinks industry. But things arent looking good with the government today announcing the first trial site for a new drug testing regime for welfare recipients.

In the May 2017 budget, the Turnbull government handed down a number of changes to our income support system. People with alcohol and drug problems were directly targeted. Plans included stripping people off their disability pensions, removing certain protections for people with alcohol and drug problems, and perhaps most controversially instituting a drug testing trial for new income support recipients.

The objective of these policies is as clear as mud. Malcolm Turnbull claimed it will help people get the treatment they need, saying its a policy based on love. The social...

23:20

Watch: Veteran owns police chief and mayor after cops killed unarmed man "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After citizens took over a city hall meeting to hold police accountable for a recent killing and subsequent beating, a veteran epitomized the situation perfectly

Euclid, OH Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly.

In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers.

The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

As FOX 8 reports:

The protesters are also calling for a comprehensive investigation into the policies, practices and tactics of Euclid Police.

They point to a recent traffic stop captured on video that shows a Euclid patrolman using his closed fists to strike 25-year-old Richard Hubbard numerous times in the face and head.

Officer Michael Amiott contends that Hubbard was resisting arrest. Amiott, who resigned from the Mentor Police Department in 2014 after his superiors accused him of being dishonest about a traffic stop, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

On Monday night, protesters confronted Euclid city officials about what they perceive as a disparity in justice. A member of Black Lives Matter said, Your officers are backing each other after they hit black people, not just hit, beat.

During the meeting, Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer announced the suspension of the officer who beat Hubbard, noting that he will be suspended for 15 days without pay the maximum number of days he could give officer Michael Amiott due to department rules.

After the announcement, one of the people attending the meeting, Damien Parker, confronted the police chief and the mayor to address the serious problem of corruption and brutality within their department. His well-word...

23:00

A Winning Season! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Story and pics by dogwhistle 

The Northern Hotel Rams capped an outstanding season with two solid wins over Alstonville in Saturdays final round of the Football Far North Coast Pointscore competition.

Despite and awkward start and an early own goal, the Reserve Grade boys were once again the dominant force. A hat-trick to Sam Tomlinson and a goal to Golden Boot Will Ennis saw the Ressies hit an incredible 100 goals from 17 games this season and secure the Pointscore Championship for 2017.

A back pass from Alstonville handed an indirect free kick and first goal to Joel Wood in the opening minutes of the Premier Division match. Thirty minutes into the first half a cross from Sam Shepherd and a superb strike from Gianluca Bongiovanni gave Byron its second goal of the match. A defensive error just before half time left the Byron goal open and Alstonville pounced and were back in the game. Villa came out firing in the second half and a swift counter attack saw the underdogs equalise. Fifteen minutes later, Sam Shepherd was brought down in the box and left no doubt about his penalty strike, putting the Rams back into the lead. Another two minutes on and Joel Walker broke through the Alstonville back line to drive home his second. A red card for retaliation sent Emanuele Atarui to an early shower and the Rams pressed on with 10 men. Midway through the half, Aaron Walkers through ball put Sam Shepherd on point for his second goal, taking the final score to 5-2. The Rams attacking team of Joel Wood and Sam Shepherds  two goals apiece gave them each a 17 goal total for the season and  a shared Golden Boot.

The Premier Division Rams also took out the Pointscore Championship for 2017 with an equally impressive 93 goals from 17 games, completing the Club record double.

Both teams now enjoy a week off before their first match of the 2017 finals series.

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22:57

Newstart is not enough for basic needs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from Western Australia

David Ciady reported on the ABCs PM radio that Australians on Newstart, Centrelinks unemployment benefit,researchers at the University of New South Wales say that current payments are not enough to meet basic necessities,

The key points they found are:

  • Payments fall short of basic standard of living cost by $47 to $126 per week.
  • They suggest introducing minimum wage-style mechanism for Newstart allowance
  • Newstart hasnt been increased in over two decades in real terms.

Researchers at the university have calculated weekly budgets for a range of living situations, working out the minimum required to ensure both material and social needs are met.

Among their findings, are that the welfare payment for a single, unemployed person as stated on Centrelinks  Welfare table, needs to increase by $96 a week to $433, while an unemployed couple with no children should be provided $107 more than they do currently, just to get them up to the poverty line.

Peter Saunders, who led the research, said the findings suggest a change is needed in how Newstart payments are determined independent of government.

We should be looking at whether or not its time to introduce a mechanism, a bit like the minimum wage process, for Newstart allowance and possibly for other social benefits, Professor Saunders said.

These are very tight budgets to achieve what we call a healthy standard of living, so that all the family members are healthy in terms of what they eat, they do, [and whether they] exercise.

Newstart recipient Johnny Windus, from the Perth suburb of Kemscott, has been out of work for two years and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I basically receive a Newstart allowance, which is $580 a fortnight. Nothing in life is free so you do your necessities in a budget, but its all the extras that come into it that drive you under every week, he said.

You end up having to forfeit food, or putting your electricity bill off for another fortnight and it just goes on and on.

Mr Windus said he needs to pay between $30 and $50 a month for internet access to aid his job search, and his phone service drops in and out according to what he can afford.

Everythings going backwards, so I cant see any way out of it basically, unless some bloke walks up to me [with a job], Mr Windus said.

Advocacy groups are calling on the Government to use the so-called budget standard measurements to set welfare payments in the future.

Cass...

22:35

Poisoned Waterhole "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The fifth and final poem in the Crossing Streams collaboration between Naviar Records and Western Riverina Arts.

Journalist Stan Grant has written about the significance of the name and I wondered if the image of a poisoned waterhole would open up other interpretations of how humans treat their environment.

When I settled on using this poem, I decided to employ a technique promoted by my sometime collaborator Garlo Jo.

He's been encouraging musicians to record the wind playing their instruments on the Vent de Guitares website, which now links to the video below.

21:49

FLASHBACK: Is Putin rebuilding Russia according to Solzhenitsyn's design? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on August 29, a young woman expressed concern about the "growth of nationalism" in Kazakhstan. The woman wondered if a "Ukraine scenario" was possible there if longtime Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev left office -- and asked what the Kremlin's strategy was for dealing with this eventuality. "What are the chances of Eurasian integration?" she asked. Putin stressed Kazakhstan's importance as an ally and lavishly praised Nazarbaev as a wise leader dedicated to the welfare of his country. He said Nazarbaev was perhaps the most capable of all the leaders of post-Soviet countries. However, part of his answer raised alarm bells in the Central Asian country.

21:44

No more excuses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its time to march on DC and just throw the rascals out.

Charles Pierce is having no more of these Trump supporters.

Before we get to the other stuff, and there was lots of other stuff, Id like to address myself to those people represented by the parenthetical notation (Applause) in the above transcript, those people who waited for hours in 105-degree heat so that they could have the G-spot of their irrationality properly stroked for them. Youre all suckers. Youre dim and youre ignorant and you cant even feel yourself sliding toward something that will surprise even you with its fundamental ugliness, something that everybody who can see past the veil of their emotions can see as plain as a church by daylight, to borrow a phrase from that Willie Shakespeare fella. The problem, of course, is that you, in your pathetic desire to be loved by a guy who wouldnt have 15 seconds for you on the street, are dragging the rest of us toward that end, too.

A guy basically went mad, right there on the stage in front of you, and you cheered and booed right on cue because youre sheep and because he directed his insanity at all the scapegoats that your favorite radio and TV personalities have been creating for you over the past three decades. Especially, I guess, people like me who practice the craft of journalism in a country that honors that craft in its most essential founding documents. The President of the United States came right up to the edge of inciting you to riot and you rode along with him. Youre on his team, by god.

Sasha Abramsky is wondering what he is: a bumbling dolt out of his depth, an opportunist riding the gravy train, or is he actually, deep down, a genuine Nazi, a white supremacist.

The third possible reason is that Donald Trumpthe son of KKK-supporting Fred Trump, the pupil of Joe McCarthy henchman Roy Cohnactually is, to the very core of his being, a white supremacist, a man who always has and always will divide humanity into hierarchies based on race, ethnicity, and religion. Trumps almost pathological inability to do what ought to be the simplest thing in American politicsissue a clear, unambiguous, eyes-looking-straight-at-the-camera denunciation of swastika-waving, weapons-toting Naziscertainly raises this as a strong possibility. He has certainly never needed Steve Bannons or any other advisers encouragement to spout his bigoted obscenities. So Bannons recent ouster, however welcome, will not address the key problem were facing.

I can answer that! We know, and its never been the slightest...

21:40

Foreign ministry: 'No doubt' US will try to meddle in 2018 Russian presidential election "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Moscow has long been used to Washington's interference in its domestic affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, adding that "there is no doubt" the US will try to meddle in the 2018 presidential election. "We are used to American interference, we live with it. It's the same as wire-tapping by US secret services. Someone who doesn't assume it, is an absolutely naive person living on a different planet," Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with Chinese and Japanese media. Answering reporters' questions, the deputy foreign minister said that "of course there will be interference" from the US in Russia's 2018 presidential election. "There is no doubt about that." Meanwhile, Moscow keeps "hearing accusations" that it attempted to affect last year's presidential election in the US, not only through alleged hacking, but also through contacts with some US citizens. Evidence to support the allegations has not been presented, Ryabkov pointed out.

20:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

China Slams US Sanctions on Firms
By Chu Daye
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 20:48:39

US ignores China's peninsula initiative

China has expressed strong opposition to unilateral sanctions by the US on Chinese companies and individuals for allegedly assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has listed 10 firms and six individuals from China and Russia for allegedly facilitating North Korea's weapons programs.

China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese firms and individuals, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday.

Hua said the US action will not help solve the problem and enhance mutual trust and cooperation with China, and urged the US to correct it.

Chinese experts said on Wednesday that the US sanctions are part of its belief that China is responsible for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and that it would have a negative impact on bilateral trade.

Calls to Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Materials Company, JinHou International Holding Company, and Dandong Tianfu Trade Company, all identified by the US Treasury Department, went unanswered.

A person at Dandong Rich Earth Trading Company declined to comment.

L Chao, a researcher on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said that the US action, which cites US law but is outside the UN framework, is utterly inappropriate and infringes on China's sovereignty.

"China's sanctions on North Korea are consistent with the Security Council's resolution. If Chinese companies and individuals violate the sanctions, it's the Chinese government's responsibility to act on them," L told the Global Times on Wednesday.

"If there were such violations, the US should inform the Chinese government through the UN. The US' 'long-arm jurisdiction' is unacceptable," L said.

Starting from August 15, China has banned imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lea...

19:55

Examining the Princess Diana conspiracies that just won't die "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With the 20th anniversary of her death approaching, the rumors of dark forces conspiring to kill Diana, Princess of Wales, have far from abated. Twenty years ago this month, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris' Pont de L'Alma tunnel. Her death was the subject of an exhaustive inquiry in the British courts, which ultimately concluded that Diana's "unlawful death" was caused by the reckless driving of limousine driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi pursuing Diana and Dodi Fayed through the streets of Paris. The inquest heard that the driver, Henri Paul, was driving at an excessive speed and had five times the legal limit for driving of alcohol in his system. It was also also suggested that Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, may have survived the crash if they had been wearing seatbelts. Over the years, the findings of the inquiry have been presented as the definitive answer to Diana's death. However, the official explanations have notably failed to convince an army of Diana conspiracy theorists who believe that the death was actually engineered by the British establishment, and that the malfeasance was then covered up. The reasons for the suspicion are not hard to fathom, starting with motive.

19:13

Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state.

I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored.

Democratic Socialists of America Jewish Solidarity Caucus (JSC)

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice].

Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action pr...

18:41

Mudslide "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sometimes helplessness is a blessing. Poetry rarely has any answers. But there is some solace in metaphor when the misery of others is overwhelming.

18:33

James Gilliland Q&A on the As You Wish Talk Radio -- August 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Aug 22, 2017

James Answers questions from a live audience

18:26

Nobody Can Force All the Taliban Factions To the Negotiating Table "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[Fighting the Taliban to force them to negotiate for peace requires levels of force equal to those used against Taliban and Qaeda in their Tora Bora holdout.  Does Trump really intend to inflict wholesale slaughter from the air of sufficient intensity to make them beg for their lives?  Can anyone fight all 20 of those recognized terrorist groups at once, or even just those who answer to the Quetta Shura (Mullah Mansour group)? Does Trump understand the militant on militant action going on right now, the Mansour Taliban against the Mullah Rasoul Taliban, the Syrian/Iraqi ISIS Caliphate against the Taliban Islamist Emirati, or other warlord on warlord fighting?

Somehow, I doubt that he can make any difference.]

Trumps Afghanistan war strategy: Use

military to force peace talks with

Taliban

 

17:37

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Zero Hedge

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

Now, Andrew McCarthy III, the former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led the prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, says there is something very strange about the recent indictment filed against Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi in the District of Columbia.

In a National Review article, McCarthy points out that its not whats in the indictment that is necessarily surprising but rather what is seemingly intentionally omitted.  For instance, McCarthy points out that the indictment appears to go out of its way not to mention that Imran was apprehended while in the process of fleeing the country, a fact that would seem to be the best evidence available to prove the fraud charges.

Lets say youre a prosecutor in Washington. You are investigating a husband and wife, naturalized Americans, who you believe have scammed a federal credit union out of nearly $300,000. You catch them in several false statements about their qualifications for a credit line and their intended use of the money. The strongest part of your case, though,...

16:37

UN atomic chief briefs USs Haley on Iran deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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MEHR NEWS/AFP/File | US President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign, and it has come under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and Washington imposed new sanctions

VIENNA (AFP)  The head of the UNs atomic watchdog met US President Donald Trumps UN envoy Nikki Haley on Wednesday to brief her on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as concerns grow about the accords future.

Reports by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have shown Iran to be in compliance with its landmark agreement with six major powers.

The deal saw Iran shrink its atomic activities and submit to closer IAEA inspections in order to make any dash to make a nuclear bomb extremely difficult.

Most UN and Western sanctions on Iran were lifted in return, but others related to non-nuclear issues have remained in place or been ratcheted up.

With Trump slamming the terrible 2015 deal, tensions have risen between the two long-time foes, with both accusing each other of not adhering to the spirit of the accord.

President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Iran could walk away within hours, accusing Washington of constant and repetitive breaking of its promises under the deal.

Haley responded that the new sanctions are related to Irans support for worldwide terrorism and other behaviour, and that Iran cannot use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.

Trump is due in October to certify to Congress whether Iran is sticking to the deal.

In July he told the Wall Street Journal he would be surprised if they were in compliance.

Haley made no comment to reporters on Wednesday as she arrived for her talks with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan

The Washington Post on Tuesday quoted her as saying her talks were to answer US questions about the watchdogs inspections and monitoring.

We have no decision made about whether to scrap the deal, Haley was quoted as saying.

What we are doing is trying to find out as much information as we can.

The Trump adm...

16:15

Australian Politics: when is a welfare program trial not a trial? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


When is a welfare program trial no longer a trial? When the Turnbull Government decides to remove those restriction which made it a trial.

This Bill removes section 124PF of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, which specifies that the cashless debit card trial will occur in up to three discrete locations, include no more than 10,000 people, and will end on 30 June 2018. Removing this section will support the extension of arrangements in current sites, and enable the expansion of the cashless debit card to further sites. Individual sites, once identified, will be determined by disallowable legislative instruments. [Explanatory Memorandum, Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

What the federal government proposes to implement is in practice an open-ended cashless debit card roll-out at the discretion of Minister for Human Services and Liberal MP for Aston, Alan Tudge

BACKGROUND

Human rights implications
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights conducted a review of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015, which notes that the Cashless Debit Card engages and limits three human rights: the right to social security, the right to a private life and the right to equality and non-discrimination. [Ibid, p. 6]

See Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ...

16:07

STONE & WOOD THANKS THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

FOREFATHERS LIMITED RELEASE BEER

There are pioneers among us who have paved the way towards todays burgeoning beer industry Stone & Woods annual limited release is a tribute to these Forefathers.

This year their chosen Forefather is Blair Hayden. A publican and patriarch of one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Refusing to bow to what beers should line the taps, he built a brewery so he could pour his own. 31 years later, Blairs contributed to the independent beer revolution.

Using the finest English Maris Otter malt, Blair brewed an English Pale Ale. With hints of citrus zest from the addition of bergamot tea, the spicy and floral hop aroma is balanced with a medium bitterness.

Get to know Blair Haydens loveable character and more about the beer by watching their Forefathers video

FIND THE BEER
From Monday 21 August Stone & Woods Forefathers beer is going on tap and hitting shelves at local, independents across the country. Check out their venue listing for where to find it!

The post STONE & WOOD THANKS THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

15:14

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up-You Cant Make Deals with the Mentally Ill Left "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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America has become a sick nation, a nation characterized by mass hysteria and widespread mental illness. Donald Trumps campaign promised to restore some of the sanity lost to the Neocon George Bush and Marxist/Communist former President Obama.

How is America doing? We have to look no further than ESPN and their mentally ill, Deep State philosophies to answer that question.

ESPN Has Lost Their Mind

I interviewed former all-star pitcher, Curt Schilling, on my radio show after Schilling was fired by ESPN for declaring that America was in danger due to the radical terrorism, many of whom were Muslim. Schilling was correct. We sacrificed the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution due to Bushs promise to keep us safe from radical Muslim terrorists after 9/11.

Curt Schilling stands as a symbol that the lunatic leftist media who would not let one of their employees stand up to one of the most dire threats to the peace and security of this nation, namely ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood.

If you thought ESPNs attack upon Curt Schilling was bad wait until you hear about what they did to one of their play by play announcers who was scheduled to broadcast the Virginia University football game.

Whites are White, Blacks are Black, Latinos are Latino, but at ESPN Asians are NOT Asian. They are white supremacists. The Deep State network of ESPN confirmed last night (August 22) that it had decided to pull an announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his presence behind the microphone could prove offensive to certain groups. The announcer that was pulled is Asian. His name happens to be, Robert Lee, Robert Lee is Asian, but in the eyes of ESPN he is a white supremacist. Lee is an Asian name. ESPN needs a quick and accurate history lesson. How many slaves did Asians own in 1861? But dont confuse ESPN with the truth and a sportscaster, because he bears an Asian...

15:06

Port Angeles: Council Candidates Discuss Fluoridation Issue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PORT ANGELES Two candidates vying for a seat on the Port Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday the city should eschew second-class status and encourage economic development and weighed in on an avigation easement for William R. Fairchild Memorial Airport.

Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Artur Wojnowski disagreed on how to answer a Nov. 7 advisory vote on fluoridated drinking water, annexation and other issues during a Port Angeles Business Association forum at Joshuas Restaurant.

Wawrin and Wojnowski are running in the November general election for Port Angeles City Council Position 3, a four-year nonpartisan position held by Mayor Patrick Downie. Downie is not running for re-election.

Schromen-Wawrin, a Port Angeles native and a lawyer, was a Democratic Party precinct committeeman and recent president of the Clallam County Bar Association.

Wojnowski, a Chicago native who was raised in a Polish household, is maintenance manager for the Dungeness Meadows Home Owners Association.

I dont believe that we should be fluoridating the water, Wojnowski said.

The City Council voted 4-3 last August to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply, ending a 10-year-old practice.

Downie, who voted in December 2015 to continue fluoridation, cast the deciding vote last summer.

I believe that we dont know how much [fluoride] we all need to intake, Wojnowski said.

And given the fact that none of us really know how much is required, personally I dont think we should just be blanketing it. But again, thats for everyone to decide on their own.

Schromen-Wawrin said he had a more nuanced view on fluoride, saying the chemical has been shown to improve oral health and that he uses fluoride in his daily dental regime.

Schromen-Wawrin said he would personally vote no on the advisory vote but listen to the will of the voters and act accordingly, provided he has assurances that the city would not put lead and arsenic in the water.

Weve been gridlocked for too long and we need to move on from this issue, Schromen-Wawrin said.

I think at this point this issue has been tossed to the will of the people, which is not necessarily the best way to decide public health matters.

So in that regard, I think Id vote with what the voters said, with my caveat that Im not going to be putting lead and arsenic in the water supply in a knowing and intentional way.

Wojnowski said he will oppose fluoridation regardless of the advisory vote.

People can voice their opinion vot...

14:56

Terrorism Starts in the Classroom: Lessons from Romania "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

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Why?

The real answer is very intricate, but we can grasp part of it if by knowing more about Arab communities and their educational systems in non-Arabic countries.

Unlicensed institutions, centers and imams in Europe ruin the future of the immigrants. They teach in isolation. Bodies grow in Romania and minds grow in strange lands! Unlicensed institutions become social and religious extremism-generating environments, says Mazen Rifai, a Syrian journalist naturalized in Romania in 1990. Rifai also serves as secretary of the League of Syrians in Romania, and is generally very well informed about the situation of immigrants across Europe.

He believes he has found the essence of a failed approach to integration in non-Arab countries. His basic idea is that part of the immigrants failure to find their place in Europe is the educational system implemented by Arabs in non-Arabic countries. A schizoid manner of teaching them about their identity and purpose in life results into breaking their personality, instead of making them strong and genuinely proud to live in their new country.

Mazen Rifai performs a critical X-ray of this Arabic educational system in non-Arabic countries: The Arabic educational system is isolated from the surrounding community. It happens also in Romania, schools with Arabic educational curricula!

Mr Rifai explains that students in those schools mentally belong to socially, politically, and economically underdeveloped countries and intellectually, they are forced to understand the mindset of other countries, so they learn curricula that are unrelated to the society which they actually live in, and unrelated to science. Their brains are stuffed with information that doesnt interest them and they wont use.

Unlicensed institutions, centers, and imams in Romania build walls separating their students from the society in which they live and develop a schizophrenia inside their students, forcing them to live in two different and contradictory societies, says Mr Rifai. To compensate for the emptiness caused by these discrepancies between two societies and two cultures, Arabic schools educate on a nervous tendency and imaginary superiority over their community. Their thoughts and beliefs contribute in building hatred and seclusion tendencies and a sense of injustice and oppression among their students, so that their loyalty is aimed at a state outside their state, and a community outside their community. They look with a contemptuous eye and sometimes with hatred at their surroundings.

This educational curricula and method leads to loneliness, isolation, fear, anxiety, and social contradictions, foste...

14:40

Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The

13:52

Magnetic fields "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields (1991) oil on canvas

13:43

Meet The Conservative Trying To Unseat Joe Manchin And Redden The Senate In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its a remarkable quirk of our federal republic that U.S. policy often hinges on local races. Regional personalities and issues, emerging from places coastal elites have never visited, will play a significant role in next years midterm electionsmost crucially, the battle for the U.S. Senate.

At stake is not just which party controls the upper chamberthe rough number of blues versus redsbut how faithful senators will be to their governing philosophies. As the dust settles from 2018, will Washington be more conservative? More liberal? More functional? Local politics will determine many of these answers.

In tiny Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, around 100 local Republicans recently gathered for one small episode in that larger drama. Most people arrived from work, still in business attire, but a few were more expressively dressed: T-shirts emblazoned with Dont Tread on Me or West Virginia Citizens Defense League. As volunteers scrambled to bring in additional chairs, and the air conditioning struggled to keep the temperature comfortable, West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey entered the room. Attendees held signs declaring the reason for the gathering: Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate.

It was the official kickoff for a campaign that has long been expected in West Virginia. Incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the few remaining moderate Democrats in the upper house, is widely viewed as vulnerable in the 2018 election. While Manchin walks a tightrope in a state that grows more Republican every year, he has often angered both West Virginians on the one side, and national Democrats on the other. Hes even drawn enough ire to attract a long-shot primary opponent to his Left.

On the GOP side, the field for Manchins seat is even more crowded. While Politico reports that national GOP recruitment for the Senate is slow-going, West Virginiathe reddest state on the electoral map last yearappears to be the exception. Donald Trump won every county here in 2016, trouncing Hillary Clinton by a 42-point margin. Trump is such a dominant figure on West Virginias political landscape that the newly elected Democrat governor put his finger in the wind and announced he was switching parties.

In this promising climate, three Republicans to date have cast their hats into the ring: Morrisey, Rep. Evan Jenkins, and Bo Copley, a political newcomer.

A Record of Fighting Hard Battles

Of these three, only Morrisey has been elected statewide. He first won the attorney general spot in 2012, then was reelected last year. His initial run was something of a David-and-Goliath story: not only was he the first Republican elected attorney general since 1933, he also unseated a 20-year incumb...

13:03

The State (episode 3) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Isnt it odd that as soon as you realise that someone who youve admired is a run-of-the-mill antisemite your admiration instantly slams into reverse?
For example I used to like Brian Sewells acerbic critiques of pretentious art until he said something about Manchesters greedy Jews. I mean how many of Manchesters greedy Jews would a self-regarding old queen who makes a living out of sneering actually know? See what I mean? One minute you like, next you dont.

Anyway, this might apply to me and Peter Kosmisnsky. I have to admit his films have their good points. Like Ken Loach, perhaps. But having seem the third episode of The State Im wondering if Ive been over-estimating him.

Yesterday I gave the film credit for aiming beyond the superficial message, its so awful no-ones gonna want to run away and join Isis. I put forward the hypothesis that he was sending a more ambitious and perhaps subliminal signal, i.e., ISIS has got (the real) Islam all wrong; true Islam is peaceful.

Maybe, after all, he is only saying is that joining Islamic State is less romantic than running away to join the Foreign Legion, (isnt that what the disenfranchised used to do?) so dont do it. 

Anyway the drama slid into farce during last nights episode. Two scenes in particular were positively cartoonish. Number one was a slave market where the histrionic sobbing and cowering reminded me of a rather sophisticated sixth-form production of Les Mis.

Number two. The prize for the most implausible scene showed our feisty female heroine, the doctor (no, not that doctor) risking death by making a clandestine, unchaperoned visit to the only nice man shed come across since she arrived, a doctor colleague at the hospital. She had a cunning plan. To avoid becoming the second wife of a horrid scary man, she proposed marriage to her  unmarried colleague, only to deduce from his momentary hesitation a deadly secret that no-one else had ever spotted. Are you gay? (He was.) I cant be the only one who found that scenario particularly laughable. 

There are several other unanswered questions, too numerous to list, though I would quite like to know what happened to the defiant...

11:55

Philippine Police do house-to-house drug testing, but no law allows it Government coercion Poverty is root of drug problem "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police officers from QCPD Station 6 knock on a makeshift gate in Lupang Pangako, Payatas as they conduct drug testing operations. VERA Files/Luz Rimban

MANILA, Philippines (First published Aug. 22 at 3:31 p.m.)  What would you do if a group of policemen showed up at your doorstep and asked you to pee into a plastic cup for an on-the-spot drug test that could reveal whether or not you had taken shabu or marijuana in the last seven days?

That is the question residents of Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas have been grappling with since June when groups of policemen started going house-to-house, armed with do-it-yourself drug testing kits that show, within seconds, that a person is either positive or negative for the use of those banned substances.

Answering the question is not easy, even if you were clean and had nothing at all to fear.

One 19-year-old man who was asked to take the drug test in place of his brother who was the person the police were actually looking for, had no choice but agree to do it.

Yet he could not get himself to pee, possibly out of fear, despite two tries and the police telling him to drink water.

In another home, the police went looking for a woman, but also did not find her there.

Instead, it was her grandmother who opened the makes...

11:01

James Clapper: I Question Trumps Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is Looking For A Way Out "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Clapper on Screen with Don Lemon

CNN contributor James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said after watching President Trumps Tuesday night rally in Phoenix he questions his fitness for office. Clapper said Trump seems to be looking for a way out of the presidency.

I really question his ability, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it, Clapper said. Maybe he is looking for a way out.

I do wonder, as well about the people that attracted to this to this rally as others. You know, what are they thinking? Or why am I so far off base? Because I dont understand the adulation. Of course, thats why I think he gravitated to having this rally as ill-timed as it is, Clapper said.

You said you questioned his fitness. Is he a threat to national security? The president? Lemon asked.

Well, he certainly could be. Again, having some understanding of the levers that a president can exercise, I worry about, frankly, you know, the access to the nuclear codes, Clapper answered.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/08/22/james_clapper_i_question_trumps_fitness_wonder_if_he_is_looking_for_a_way_out.html


10:34

The US Has Shown Its Teeth With Trumps Afghanistan Policy, but Can It Bite? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If implemented, the new policy will likely lead to confrontation with nuclear-armed Pakistan, but that does not mean the US should shy away from holding Islamabads feet to the fire.

Trump Afghanistan policy

US President Donald Trump announces His Afghanistan Policy. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump, the 45th US president and the third one to preside over its war in Afghanistan, has finally outlined his much-awaited Afghan policy. The wounded giant has bared its teeth but will it bite? At least thats the question the Pakistani military planners are trying to answer in the immediate aftermath of Trumps speech, which has put that country on notice. In a calculated departure from his predecessor Barrack Obamas Afghan policy speech at the West Point Military Academy in 2009, Trump has vowed to score a military victory in Afghanistan. The words victory or win were conspicuously absent from Obamas address. Trump also underscored that what stands between the US and victory in Afghanistan, inter alia, is the Pakistani support to the Afghan Taliban. And he is spot-on.

There is no way that the Taliban could have waged a relentless war against the Afghan state and people without its leadership enjoying sanctuary in Pakistan. The demise of the Taliban emir Mullah Omar, killing of his successor Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and the selection of his replacement Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhunzada, all inside Pakistan, show that while the Talibans tentacles may be in Afghanistan, its nerve centre remains on Pakistani soil. The Talibans sword arm, the so-called Haqqani Network (HQN), remains the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, the ISIs veritable arm. The HQNs key financial lynchpin,...

09:48

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: East Bank Rd, Coramba "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 279 East Bank Rd, Coramba, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Aug 2017 14:49

09:06

Profit over people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Debt amount: 
$4100
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.

It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal life.
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...

07:43

Arts Friday 25 August presented by Bronwyn Rennex "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Today I be talking about making art accessible. I went along on a tour through the Jenny Watson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that was run for participants with visual impairment as part of the MCAs Bella Program. Ill be playing part of the tour as well as interviews with the artist educators and the participants in the tour. It will be an interesting way for many to experience the work of Jenny Watson.

I also talk about the Making Airwaves initiative. You can find out more about this on the Eastside Website.

Theres also a wonderful program called Gig Buddies thats worth checking out and getting involved with.

There are some tours for people with visual impairment coming up soon at the Art Gallery of NSW too including a tour of the Archibald Wynn and Sulman prizes on Sat 9 September at 11am.

As always, I present lots of sweet tunes.

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

The post Arts Friday 25 August presented by Bronwyn Rennex appeared first on 8...

07:39

Why I Still have Faith in Ogeros New Management "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive been following up on the internet situation ever since I started blogging and it saddens me to say that nothing much has changed ever since. Its been 7 years now and were still being promised fiber optics but in reality, internet is shit and if it wasnt for 3G/4G connections, half the country would have been running on a 2Mbps connection, if not less.

The MOTs 2020 plan that was announced with Minister Harb made us all believe change is coming. I remember I was so excited back then I wrote the blog post around 4AM from the hospital the same day my wife was giving birth. Unfortunately, the plan was flushed down the drain and what followed was the downfall of the man responsible for the crappy internet situation we are in, a certain Abdel Menhem Youssef.

With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we were promised once again better internet within months and PM Hariri even went as far as promising a twenty-fold increase in internet speed, which obviously did not happen yet.

However, Ogeros head is making changes and the #UnleashTheSpeed campaign was a success followed by the open speeds plans announced for those living close by to the Ogero stations. New plans were announced with higher speeds and cheaper prices and Fiber Optics plans were listed for the first time ever.

Ogero head went live to answer peoples questions back in April

Is that enough? Of course not. Because unless ALL people get better internet and theres a serious plan to deploy fiber optics, this is what we call Ter2ee3 and will eventually lead to more fail...

07:37

As 19 Pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK Leaders Meet TN Governor, DMK Demands a Trust Vote "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Dhinakaran faction in the AIADMK has made it clear that they intend to remove chief minister Palanswami from his post and put forth their own candidate.

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

T.T.V. Dhinakaran being greeted by supporters. Credit: PTI/Files

New Delhi: As political turmoil within the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu continues, 19 pro-T.T.V. Dhinakaran MLAs reportedly met with the states governor on Tuesday and asked that he take action against chief minister E. Palanaswami (known popularly as EPS) for abuse of power, corruption and favouritism.

..the present situation has arisen that the governance of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with provisions of the constitutionI request you Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu to intervene and institute the constitutional process as constitutional head of the state the document submitted by the MLAs to governor Vidyasagar Rao was quoted by India Today as saying.

Speaking to a television channel, Sasikala-Dhinakaran loyalist Thangathamizh Chelvan said, We have told the governor that we will be taking steps to change chief minister Palaniswami.

According to an...

07:08

The Rising Trend of Civil Unrest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You said that this civil unrest will continue to escalate and that the left is attempting to just suspend government until 2020. It does seem that every possible issue is always turned into an anti-Trump issue from vocal threats against North Korea that seems to have worked and protests against any company trying to work with the White House because they claim Trump is now a White Supremacist.  It seems to me that there have been a lot more leftist protests than alt-right. I think Charlottesville was the first. It is very strange how the left burn cities but thats ok and it is not attributed to Democrats. Is this the root cause of the escalation in civil unrest ahead?

Thank you for really offering a fair vie of things.

SE

ANSWER: Correct. The list of leftists protests far outnumber anything of the alt-right has dome so far. This is why the violence will continue and escalate into some very bloody events going into 2020. Here are the list of the leftist protests:

  • 2009 Oakland, Akron, Pittsburgh
  • 2010 Santa Cruz, Oakland, Los Angeles,
  • 2011 Oakland
  • 2012 Chicago, Anaheim
  • 2013 Brooklyn
  • 2014 Ferguson, New York City
  • 2015 Baltimore
  • 2016 Anaheim, Chicago, St Paul, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Standing Rock, Oakland, Portland
  • 2017 Washington DC, Berkeley, Anaheim, Berkeley (again), Berkeley (again), Olympia, Portland, New York City, Boston, Hot Springs, Ark., Portland, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans

You can see that there has been a stark increase with the Trump election.

07:00

New Research Reveals Why Avoiding Tuna Is Still a Good Idea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Dr. Mercola

Fish has always been the best dietary source of the animal-based omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. While your body may be able to produce some of these fats, the process is relatively inefficient, so they are considered conditionally essential.1 This means to acquire sufficient amounts for optimal health, you need to consume the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA from your food.

Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution in the oceans have increased, so have the toxins you consume. If you arent choosy about where your fish is harvested, the pollutants in the fish may outweigh the benefits of the healthy fats. At the same time, many fish species have been overfished and dangerously depleted. Orange roughy is one example. A slow growing, deep water fish, they dont usually reproduce until age 20 and may live up to 149 years.2

In the 1980s the popularity of orange roughy exploded and led to driving it almost to extinction. In some areas, fishing for roughy has been restricted and scientists expect it to take many years for the population to recover, if it ever does. Farm-raised fish are also not the answer as they present problems for both the environment and the consumer.3

Raising fish in a confined area results in the same kind of waste pollution problems as land-based factory animal farms struggle with. Fish farms also reduce biodiversity, spread disease and sea lice, and contaminate water with pesticides. It is important to consider not only your health but also the impact on the environment when choosing seafood for your family.

Why Tuna Is Best Avoided

Historically, tuna has been a very popular fish, and among the most widely consumed. They are known for a distinctive flavor and versatility in the kitchen. There are at least 15 different species,4 but only five are commonly fished and eaten. Depending upon the species, the adults can weigh from 10 pounds up to 500 pounds. The largest is the Atlantic bluefin tuna that is migratory and can travel at great speeds o...

06:51

DANCE & THEATRE: Khon Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand

Free public event: Celebrating 65 years of Australian-Thai bilateral relations, Khon, Esquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand will soon arrive in Sydney to present one of the countrys most significant dance performances.

Having toured internationally, the Sydney Khon performances will consist of a special presentation and workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Wednesday 30 August).

For one night only, the audience will get a chance to see this Thai extravaganza, as well as the performers glittering handmade costumes and tantalising live music.

Traditionally performed exclusively at significant royal functions, Khon performances depict the story of the Ramakien. The story follows Phra Ram, an incarnation of the god Phra Narai, who is assisted by monkey warriors that help him rescue his wife, Sida, from the demon king, Tosakanth. The story presents the universal belief that virtue always wins over evil.

Khon is a complex Thai classical dance whose history dates back hundreds of years. The masked dance drama is the most refined of Thai theatre forms, requiring strict training from childhood, and combines
music, martial arts, painting and elaborate costumes.

Presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Assajan Collective, the special presentation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will be a free public event, and include an opening.

Dont miss this rare opportunity! There are only 100 seats available, all free of charge, but registrations are essential.

DATE: Wed. 30 August 2017
TIME:2:00 pm 4:10 pm AEST
WHERE:  Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW 2170

To reserve your place at this historic event, register now at http://bit.ly/2vff0RG

 

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06:25

Notes from focus group and strategy discussion pro-gay marriage activists in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of our readers was sitting next to a group of gay marriage activists in an inner-Sydney cafe. They were talking strategy and focus group outcomes and our reader made some notes: Campaign needs to: - inject more guilt - "guilt will win this for us" - push polling -...

06:01

Danya Pigeon crowned 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon receiving her crown from 2016-17 Junior Miss Cherokee Lauryn Skye McCoy.

Published August 23, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Sequoyah High School senior Danya Pigeon, of Hulbert, was crowned the 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee during the 26th annual leadership competition on Saturday.

For the next year, Pigeon will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe, promoting the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.

Cherokee Nation Deputy S. Joe Crittenden, 2017-18 Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Three teens competed for the honor at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center in three categories: a cultural presentation, an impromptu question-and-answer, and a speech on their respective platform. Pigeon, 18, earned her crown and sash after giving a special presentation on Sequoyah and the Cherokee syllabary, giving her opinion on connecting citizens inside and outside of tribal jurisdiction, and speaking on her platform, alcohol abuse.

It has been a dream of mine to be Junior Miss Cherokee, and I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity to serve the Cherokee Nation, Pigeon said.

Pigeon is the daughter of Tammy West and Walter Pigeon. She previously served in the Cherokee National Youth Choir and is currently a member of the Harvest Time Tabernacle youth group.

The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The 2017-18 Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m....

06:00

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: "There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We've written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll all the way up until the day he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while trying to flee the country to Pakistan?  What, if anything, does the Awan family know about the DNC hacks that may have caused DWS to act in this way?

04:19

The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...

03:18

Callout to young musicians "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Creating a connection between young and established musicians is a key part of the Mullum Music Festival and has proven its worth over the last eight years. Highlighting this success is the return of Domini Forster, who sang as a 16 year old at the opening night of the Mullum Music Festival ten years ago, and was the catalyst for the youth mentoring program that has been running since 2009. This year she is returning as a mentor for other young performers following a successful career playing festivals across the country, being a finalist for Triple J Unearthed High, collaborating with renowned Australian songwriter Lior.

The Youth Mentorship Program is at the heart of what we do at Mullum Music Festival, says Festival Director Glenn Wright.

For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing. The connections made between young artists and their mentors often last long after the festival and the Youth Mentorship performances are always a festival highlight.

This years mentors are Husky (Band category), ine Tyrrell (Singer Songwriter), Kodi Twiner from LadySlug (Vocal category) and Domini Forster (Under 15s category).

Domini will be playing at Mullum Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shell also be co-hosting a showcase of past Youth Mentorship winners alongside fellow local talent Cecilia Brandolini.

It feels like coming home, playing Mullum Fest again says Domini.

This community was so supportive of me as a young artist And its such a beautifully fitting coincidence that its the festivals 10th birthday this year too!

Applications for the Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program open on 23 August and close on 20 October. With hundreds of applications each year, this is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to make their mark at the fe...

02:58

Record Lowest Number of New HIV Cases in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Record Lowest Number of New HIV Cases in NSW

Sex workers were one of the first communities in NSW to respond to HIV with the virtual elimination of HIV in our community being achieved early and then sustained. Today marks a milestone with the report of a rapid decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men.

read more

02:22

Chincogan Charge spots running out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

More than half the spots are now gone for the Chincogan Charge run on September 16, so if you want to run or walk up the mountain, now is your chance to book your place.

Go to www.eventwizards.com.au/ and click on The Chincogan Charge link or click here to register.

This is our first year of having the run again after 16 years, said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

We are really excited and are looking to expanding the event in the future. If the run goes well this year, the landholders are open to the suggestions that next year we might be able to do a run on Saturday and then have a general access family walk up the mountain on the Sunday.

A lot depends on how the race goes this year.

The Chincogan Charge originally began as a fundraiser for the building of the Mullumbimby swimming pool and in the future it may be able to fund the development of a permanent access route to the top.

My dream is to open and maintain a path up Mount Chincogan, said Jenelle. 

For the serious contenders in the race, local Geoff Bensley has recently worn his GoPro as he ran the route to give potential runners and walkers a chance to check out what they are up against.

There are parts of the run that are through bush and steep or rocky, continued Jenelle.

Not everyone will want to do the last part of the run and there will be a spot before the last climb where people can turn around and head back down the mountain.

Must be 12 years and older to run

For this year, the run is limited to 12 years old and up and everyone is racing from t...

02:14

Splendour/Falls festival site rejigs permanent venue submission "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour/Falls festival in Yelgun, have reduced event days and patron numbers in their submission to become a permanent venue for outdoor events.

General manager Mat Morris said the changes came after constructive feedback from residents during the consultation process.

The proposal now comprises Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron up to 35,000 patrons and a maximum of five days each; three event days up to 25,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events); and five community event days up to 5,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events).

KPIs must be met

A further component includes an increase of patron numbers subject to meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) for 35,000 event Splendour in the Grass increasing to 42,500 and subject to meeting KPIs for 42.5k event Splendour in the Grass reaching 50,000.

Originally Parklands proposed 12 event days up to 50,000 patrons; four event days between 10,000 and 50,000 patrons; four event days between 3,000 and 10,000 patrons; and unlimited events less than 300 people.

Mr Morris says the feedback proved invaluable in refining our application and preparing our revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

We listened to a wide range of ideas and concerns from the community and have factored these into th...

02:13

Yoga fundraiser to help woman access sanitary items "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke will be holding a yoga class next month as part of a part of a national fundraiser to help women access basic sanitary items

The inaugural national yoga event, Yoga4Dignity, is being organised by the group, Share the Dignity.

Anneliese will host a yoga class on Saturday 2 September as part of the national fundraiser.

Its expected that hundreds of yoga classes will be held nationwide at 8am on the first weekend of Spring.

The goal is to have 48,000 participants one for every homeless woman in Australia.

Yoga teachers and participants are encouraged to register to participate at www.sharethedignity.com.au/yoga4dignity.

Speaking on the charity event, Anneliese said: I cant imagine what it must be like to deal with the stress of being in a position of not being able to meet my basic needs. Participating in this event is a way to share the benefits of yoga and contribute in a useful way

Yoga has been as exceptional way for me to learn to calm my busy mind; focusing on being able to respond to a stressful situation rather than just reacting.

I sleep so much better; feel stronger, more flexible, and more peaceful and am connected to an amazing array of people all loving their own yoga journeys.

Proceeds from Yoga4Dignity will go towards installing more dignity vending machines in low-socioeconomic areas and schools.

In an Australian first, the machines dispense a free period pack containing two pads and six tampons  enough to manage one day of menstrual flow.

Packs will be dispensed through the touch of a button up to every ten minutes.

Each vending machine costs $9,000 to create and install.

The goal of Yoga4Dignity is to raise enough funds to install a further 100 or more machines nationwide.

Share the Dignity founder, Rochelle Courtney commented on the charity and its inaugural yoga event: Our mission is to enable and empower all Australian women and children to have the dignity they deserve.

To book a spot at Anneliese class at Pottsville, go to www.sharethedignity.com.au/yoga4dignity.

The post...

02:08

Staff interfere with Byron markets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Council staff, headed by general manager Ken Gainger, have taken it upon themselves to prepare a development application (DA) to use Cavanbah Centre on Ewinsgsdale Road as a primitive camping and a market site.

It comes without informing councillors or the agreement of stallholders who operate on Butler Street.

Consultant Mike Svikis, a former Byron Shire Council planner, was paid an undisclosed sum by staff to prepare the 31-page DA, which is on exhibition until August 23.

While the DA attempts to play down any possible competition with the existing markets, Cr Paul Spooner has told The Echo he has concerns it could impact on current stallholders. Cr Spooner is manager of the Byron Bay Community Centre, which manages the markets.

He said, The main problem is that this appears small gain for income; the argument in the DA is about a need for income to cover the large cost of the facility. This small gain may result in a big hit for stallholders and could send some to the wall. This idea is not coming from demand, its from wanting more income.

As for moving the existing Butler Street markets to the sportsfield, Cr Spooner says he hasnt heard one stallholder in favour.

Location is very important. Generally markets are held in towns and are within walking distance. Its more difficult to get to the Cavanbah Centre and it could create more traffic. Its worked well on Butler Street for nearly three decades. 

The Echo understands the genernal manager has long campaigned to move the existing markets from Butler Street to the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

The Echo asked mayor Simon Richardson whether he was concerned that staff have interfered on a political decision.

He replied after print deadline that, I understand the DA is about providing the possibility for more uses. For example, by allowing a glamping option, we may be able to get sporting teams to use the facility over summer pre season et...

02:03

Food hub meeting hears of flawed DA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow food hub image from DA

Bangalow food hub image from DABangalow

Hans Lovejoy

It was standing room only in the Mullumbimby Council Chambers last Thursday as Bangalow residents and proponents made submissions about a large-scale food hub proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow.

Located opposite the Industrial Estate, the contentious development application (DA) by Allan Abrahams Chase Lismore Road Pty Ltd has faced strong opposition from Bangalow residents and a unanimous council.

Greens state MP Tamara Smith has described the proposal as the right businesses on the wrong site.

Local businesses Brookfarm and Salumi, who are pushing for the development on behalf of landowner Mr Abraham, have both refused to comment or take questions from The Echo.

Both businesses told the meeting they are in dire need of a larger factory and cannot keep up with demand.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) held the meeting, and chair Garry West told the chamber before submissions that their decision on the DA was based on the public interest.

Owing to the estimated $36.9m cost, the JRPP not Council are the consent authority.

The meeting was not to determine the development, said the former NSW Nationals MP, adding that more meetings were planned.

Those who spoke in favour were either the direct beneficiaries of the development or from the NSW Chamber of Commerce or Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers.

Seven spoke in favour, while 20 spoke against.

A recurring theme throughout the two-hour hearing was that the development application, which was prepared by Bangalow town planner Paul De Fina, was completely flawed and inadequate.

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01:48

The Important Reason Your Social Media Feeds Will Look Different Today "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Never before have Australias leading youth publishers joined forces to make an almighty noise about a singular issue. But marriage equality is perhaps the most important social fight weve faced in the last decade, so today, were doing exactly that.

From 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, August 23, FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE will turn darkthat means were blacking out our respective social channels and sites to make it very clear the time is now for you to take action and enrol or update your details for the upcoming postal vote on marriage equality.

The Australian Electoral Commissions deadline to enrol for this vote is midnight on Thursday, August 24, so were down to the wire on this one. And if you think most people have already done their bit, youd be wrong. According to the AEC, more than half a million people between the ages of 18 and 39 arent even on the electoral role. This is alarming, for obvious reasons.

So, please, take the time youd otherwise spend enjoying our content to make sure youre in the best possible position to Vote Yes when the time comes. That means giving your family and friends a nudge too, by sharing with them either this story or a link to the AEC.

Because granting our LGBTQIA+ friends the basic human rights theyve been denied for far too long is in your hands.

Check or update your enrolment now

Love,
FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE
xoxo

PS- Today Arvos will sound a bit different. Its ArVOTES!

Tune in from 3pm to hear from some key voices campaigning for marriage equality including Heaps Gays Kat Dopper, Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich, GetUp! Marriage Equality campaigner Sally Rugg, Buzzfeed Reporter Lane Sainty, VICE Features Editor Maddison Connaughton and musician Jack Colwell.

 

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01:41

Tweed salty-water crisis getting worse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

A release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday has failed to flush salt water from the Bray Park Weir, resulting in Tweed Shire Council asking all residents to minimise their use of water to limit the amount of salty water entering the Tweed reticulation system.

The councils water manager Anthony Burnham said the water release from the dam had limited success.

The wave that went down the river yesterday evening prevented further salt water getting into the weir from another higher-than-predicted tide overnight, Mr Burnham said.

But the salt levels in the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant are higher than yesterday and more residents will have salty water in their taps today.

The salt concentration will spike shortly and then we will see a gradual decrease in the salinity over the coming days. So it is important that the residents work with us and limit their use of water to minimise the quantity of salty water being drawn into the system. Basically all the salty water drawn in will have to be released via household taps so the less drawn in, the quicker this situation can be resolved.

A large release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday refreshed the top strata of water in the weir but the heavier salty water had sunk to the bottom of the pool.

Our tests have confirmed that the water being drawn into the Bray Park Treatment Plant is saltier than the water we tested yesterday morning, Mr Burnham said.

We have closed the deeper baffles where the water intake occurs to limit the draw of salt water from the lower water stratum within the weir pond and are only drawing from the top strata, which was refreshed by yesterdays release from the dam.

Today we will begin a continual release from the dam of 50 megalitres a day to maintain that refresh as we bring in a dredge to draw the salty water from the bottom and pump it out directly over the weir wall.

However, the salty water already within the reticulation system is going to spread beyond Murwillumbah today and over the coming days.

Tides up to 380mm higher than predicted pushed over the weir wall on Monday night.

Since Saturday, all the high tides have been greater than predicted but the last of these occurred overnight. While the spectacular solar eclipse in...

01:23

Man accused of Grafton school teacher murder terrorised in jail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

The husband of a Grafton school teacher charged with her murder says he is being terrorised, assaulted and stood-over in jail, but he was again refused bail.

John Wallace Edwards appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, his 61st birthday, via videolink from Cessnock jail.

The disappearance of 55-year-old Sharon Edwards attracted national media attention when she went missing on Saturday March 14, 2015, and again when Mr Edwards was arrested at Redcliffe in June and charged with her murder.

Before the luncheon adjournment, Magistrate David Heilpern was given a 19 page statement of facts relating to the case to read before considering bail.

Barrister Peter OConnor applied for bail for Mr Edwards, stating cause could be shown to justify his release based on three factors; the strength of the bail application, the lack of strength of the prosecution case and medical reasons.

The accused says he has absolutely no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of his wife, Mr OConnor said.

Aware he was a suspect in the investigation into Mrs Edwards disappearance, Mr OConnor said his client had given police a detailed interview and twice approached them with information.

He has continued, on a number of occasions, to provide police with information, Mr OConnor said.

There have been no attempts on his part to flee or conceal his whereabouts.

The court heard Mr Edwards had worked as a teacher for the NSW Education Department until he was medically retired.

Mr OConnor said he suffered from a number of medical conditions including vitamin B deficiency, chronic emphysema, a pre-cancerous condition, and a growth that had developed in his testes since he had been arrested.

Currently in the high-care unit at Cessnock jail, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards was assaulted four weeks ago and terrorised by threats from inmates.

Persons in the custodial institution believe he has funds in his annuity and he is being stood over for money, Mr OConnor said.

Since his arrest, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards had not been able to exercise or get sunshine.

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01:18

Casino man jailed over Bangalow Road crash that killed Booyong woman "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kenneth John Roberts wept as he was sentenced to 12 months jail over the March 2015 death of a Booyong woman on Bangalow Road at Howards Grass.

The 44-year-old Casino man appeared in Lismore District Court last Friday, August 18, when guilty pleas were confirmed to charges stemming from the collision between his Nissan Navara and a Hyundai I30 Virginia Hanlon was a front seat passenger in.

Officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene of the fateful March 13 incident that claimed Ms Hanlons life.

Following the investigation, Mr Roberts was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 km/h and not keeping left of the dividing line.

After leaving home at 4.45 am that morning and driving to Stapylton, north of the Gold Coast, Mr Roberts attended an 8.45 am job interview and drove straight back home suffering a headache, the agreed statement of facts said.

Mr Roberts stopped for 20 minutes rest at Chinderah after purchasing and taking two panadol for his headache.

He continued driving home and on Bangalow Road a motorist following Mr Roberts in his blue Nissan Navara near Clunes told police he was veering to one side of the road then correcting himself and speeding up and slowing down.

As he rounded the end of a long bend just east of Howards Grass Road, court documents stated Mr Roberts Nissan crossed the centre lines and collided with the Hyundai, which had swerved to avoid him.

Both Mr Roberts and the driver of the Hyundai were able to free themselves from the wreckage and were treated at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital with minor injuries.

When the collision occurred, roadworks were underway on Bangalow Road and the speed limit had been reduced to 60 km/h.

The statement of facts about the case revealed during the crash investigation, police calculated Mr Roberts Nissan was travelling between 72 km/h and 80 km/h in the 60 km/h zone.

Judge Laura Wells adjourned Mr Roberts matters for sentencing until Tuesday, August 22, when he sat in the dock with his head down, clearly emotional.

In sentencing Mr Roberts, Judge Wells said he had made substantial progress rehabilitating his lifestyle and managing his fragile psychological state.

Despite finding special circumstances in Mr Roberts case and considering him unlikely to reoffend, Judge Wells said a period of full time custody was necessary as nothing could negate the impact of his actions and their result on Mrs Hanlons family and friends.

Mr Roberts was sentenced to a non-parole period of 12 months and was di...

01:13

Afghan decision may increase US air power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

A file image of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) members in Afghanistan. AAP Image/Corporal Chris Moore

The US Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trumps decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general says.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told Reuters, however, he was still examining the matter, as the US militarys top brass had only begun the process of translating Trumps war strategy into action.

Asked whether the Air Force would dedicate more assets to Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in its longest military conflict, Goldfein said only: Possibly.

Its actually too early to tell what this will mean in terms of plus-ups and reductions, he said in a joint interview with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

Still, he acknowledged that the Air Force was absolutely examining the possibility of increasing air power, including to support US ground forces, following Trumps promise of a stepped-up campaign against Taliban insurgents, who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan government forces.

In a speech on Monday night, Trump appeared to answer a call for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents, on top of the roughly 8400 now deployed in Afghanistan.

Trump said the United States would not disclose troop numbers, but one US official told Reuters they could start moving quickly.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday he would set troop levels following the review by military chiefs.

During the administration of Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, US military officials privately expressed frustration about their inability to strike at many Taliban targets including training camps unless they could show a direct threat to US forces or major impact on the Afghan state.

Wilson said Trump appeared to be giving greater flexibility to strike insurgents.

Obviously the Joint Chiefs will work through their plans and make proposals, but I think the guidance was pretty clear from the preside...

00:27

Update: Why is My Post Moderated or Filtered? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE EXACT REASON: The short answer is that we don't know.  It isn't necessarily a swear word. Comment moderation is a very complex and

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00:00

The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.

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23:30

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
- Steve Jobs, 
Commencement Speech, Stanford University, 2005

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
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23:15

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Weve written frequently over the past couple of months about the litany of unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious case of Debbie Wasserman Schultzs (DWS) IT staffers.  Why did DWS seemingly threaten the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with consequences for holding equipment that was confiscated as part of an ongoing legal investigation?  Why did DWS []

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22:21

Consciousness is the Key to World Change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Paul A. Philips, Guest
Waking Times

Those craftily manipulating and enslaving us are caring less and less about whether or not we buy into their carefully cultivated 5-sense, 3D reality, played out in the world theatre of illusion.

The enslavers are caring less and less about the fact that in this theatre of illusion, we the audience, increasing in numbers, are detecting the gaps in the falling apart scenery once believed to be real, as the brick wall behind is exposed. Then theres more and more of us in the audience detecting the strings attached to the stage puppets, such as the puppeteered politicians: Many of us can now see their strings getting pulled by the puppet masters who are no longer hidden in the shadows

To an extent, our enslavers dont care that the theatre of illusion that has deceived us since time-immemorial with all its fallacies of freedom is being exposed and falling apart: The whole false pretence, the set-up, both the stage and the auditorium has been energy draining and costly for them to maintain. Now, in their arrogance, the enslavers consider themselves to be in such a position that our increasing resistance is futile: Is it only a matter of time before the theatre of illusion will be redundant as they are becoming more and more confident that they will achieve their planned complete world takeover?

-Having found out about their planned world takeover, there inevitably follows the questionwhat can we do about it?

Sure, from a left brain point of view; through analyzing, rationalizing and reasoning theres been quite a lot of talk in terms of possible answers on how to deal with this situation. There have indeed been some good responses with many practical insights

-However, this alone is not the real solution. The bottom line of bottom lines is that the real solution lies in a shift in consciousness.

Our overwhelming uncontrollable mass awakening is what the worlds ruling elite fear the most. Since we greatly outnumber them and their associates...

20:57

Vigil for Sue Neill-Fraser: eight years in jail, still no final answers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

19Aug2017:  Round about 50 were there in the little park outside the Tasmanian Parliament. Mainly locals, some from elsewhere in the state and 1 from the mainland. It was the vigil for Sue:  Susan Neill-Fraser, who has now been eight years in jail, convicted of the murder of her partner, Bob Chappell, who disappeared from the Four Winds yacht on the Australia Day of 2009 or in the early morning following it Fairfax: Death on the Derwent: Secret file could prove yacht killers innocence

12:25

Writers Block and Regional Galleries "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 24 August focuses on regional galleries in NSW and the psyche of creative people..

Firstly, we explore why so many creative people suffer anxiety and self-doubt.

peta landman for publicationPsychotherapist Peta Landman, herself an arts practitioner, author and former arts manager speaks to us about some of the issues creative individuals face in their work.

Whether this is writers block, procrastination or self-denigration, Peta works to assist each individual to understand the cause of their concerns and advises on ways to overcome these problems and move forward in their work.

 

john Cheeseman for publicationThen follows a conversation with John Cheeseman, both President of the Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW and Director of Mosman Art Gallery who speaks with us about regional galleries in NSW, their role and importance.

If you love art and are travelling around the state then you should be aware of the many regional galleries you can visit.

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Monday, 21 August

01:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Submit your Jazz gigs to gigs@sydneyblues.org

 Also check  www.facebook/livejazzinsydney


Monday, 21 August 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Organ Transplant Quartet featuring David Theak, Carl Dewhurst, Steve Barry: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (7-10pm, $10, 02-92119442)

...

Sunday, 20 August

01:29

Celebrating 1500 Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Programs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).

Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.

The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au

Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.

The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.

The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.

Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...

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