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Roads, ranches, mines and cities are spilling into many of the worlds parks, reserves and wilderness sanctuaries, leaving one-third of the worlds total protected area almost three and a half times the size of Alaska with the scars of heavy degradation. Thats one of the conclusions in a new study by ecologist James Watson and his colleagues, published May 17 in the journal Science. What were showing is at least one-third of the protected area estate is relatively worthless, Watson, with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, said in an interview. Giraffes walk past preparations for oil drilling in Uganda. Image by Paul Mulondo/WCS. Scientists know that protected areas form a critical line of defense against the extinction of species. Thats led governments around the world to set aside nearly 15 percent of the Earths surface for conservation, doubling the area of protected land since the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at a 1992 summit in Rio de Janeiro. The conservation community has applauded these gains, arguing that the world is ontrack to meet the goal of protecting 17 percent of the planets land by 2020, one of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set in Japan in 2010. But in Watsons fieldwork around the globe, he has noticed that many of these protected areas arent giving biodiversity a break from humanity as intended, he said. I saw many, many protected areas just getting smashed, he said. So he and his colleagues set
|Leigh Alan Jorgensen, Financial Review, 13 May 2018|
Following on from our post below, on Wednesday 16
May, the visiting Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34
Squadron transport bizjets continued to call into various CQ
After arriving the previous afternoon from Townsville, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was heard departing Rockhampton Airport for Sydney once again as "Wisdom 41".
A man from the US state of Michigan has told of how he narrowly avoided death to protect his designer bag from a would-be thief. On Monday night, Jerad Kluting (pictured) says he was walking on the street in his hometown of Holland, Michigan when a man pulled a gun on him. The man demanded ...
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The Star Gayzers are a Brisbane-based amateur astronomy club specifically for the LGBTIQ community, and the group says theyre proudly fun, friendly and just a little geeky. Star Gayzers is designed to be a place where you can be among like-minded people and delight in the night sky in a social, relaxed and safe atmosphere, ...
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Russias justice minister has claimed they couldnt find any gay people in Chechnya during an investigation into reports of a brutal gay purge in the Russian region. Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported last year that men had been abducted and tortured as part of an alleged purge, which has been repeatedly denied by ...
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This report is from 1/5/18. Probably due to my computer incompetence,I unsuccessfully tried to send this report in after seeing the tattlers on 1st of May. Two wandering tattlers in breeding plumage observed walking around on the rocks in front of the headland at low tide, at 3:00pm, 1/5/18, at Froggys Beach. Full barring observed with binoculars but nasal groove not seen until viewing the photos. Photo taken by Geoff Rankin.
Many LGBTIQ young people are reluctant to report hate crimes to police because they fear further discrimination, according to new research. The report, commissioned by Victoria Police and released on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia today, found young queer people were worried their complaints would not be taken seriously, that they would ...
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One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.
Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.
American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.
Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.
The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.
This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.
Adani Group have shown time and time again that they cant take this slow-moving train wreck forward and should scrap it for good. The Australian people dont want it, the banks wont touch it and now even key partners who stand to profit handsomely are giving up on Adani.
Theyve seen the writing on the wall and...
A good dozen muskies sticking to a well flowering ironbark.
The Victorian government has ordered an inquiry into the insidious practice of so-called gay conversion therapy. Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy (pictured) has asked the states Health Complaints Commissioner to conduct a broad-ranging investigation into the dangerous and discredited practice, which involves attempting to change or suppress a persons sexuality or gender identity. We have ...
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1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and
named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace
1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.
1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street
1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.
1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."
1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.
1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each
1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.
1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!
1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.
1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.
1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...
Crash - Multi-vehicle
May full moon 2018 arrives on the 30th (AEST) in the sign of Sagittarius. Just as the breeze picks up the smell of apple pie cooking and sends your way, so to the full moon influences our senses. This month's full moon seeks pleasure and excitement.
On Tuesday 15 May, a third Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft was spotted arriving into
Rockhampton Airport. It was identified as A23-031 and it was
heard to fly into Rocky from the South as "Raven 23".
The nominees of this years Queens Ball Awards have been unveiled. This years seventeen awards recognise individuals, organisations and events for their outstanding contributions to the LGBTIQ community and will be presented during the 57th Annual Queens Ball event in Brisbane. The event will be held at Brisbane City Hall on June 16. Voting on ...
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The famous Lions Rd on the Queensland-NSW border has reopened after 18 months of bridgeworks, but it will never be suitable for a Lions TT, say Kyogle Council representatives.
The official launch of the bridgework was held this week and the road is again suitable for all types of motorcycles. One small patch of gravel either side of the most northern new bridge is expected to be sealed this week.Still some gravel
Council spokesman Tony Lickis says some patch roadworks will continue from time to time, but they will never reseal the whole road to make it race-track smooth.Patch-up roadworks will continue
The Lions TT event began in 2014 with non-timed rides on a closed section of the road, but it was shut down after the third crash of the weekend.
It returned in 2015 in a revised format with no road closure, skipped 2016 and was cancelled last y...
The Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils in southeast Queensland will be raising rainbow flags on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Thursday. The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia falls on May 17 each year, and is marked with community and workplace events that celebrate equality and inclusion. Parents and Friends of ...
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The first teaser trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been released. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, plays the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens later this year. The film, which will be released 27 years after Mercurys death, is described ...
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Please believe Spartacus when he says this, but he certainly has much better things to do . But clearly there is a gap in the market that needs to be addressed.
The ABC has Media Watch (MW). The Sydney Institute has Media Watch Dog (MWD). And now, sadly for the need of it, I Am Spartacus has Van Onselen Watch (VOW). Spartacus does not have the wide distribution of the ABC or The Sydney Institute, nor does he have the $1.1 billion across both organisations (99.8% within the ABC), but heres having a go.
Fresh today (16 May 2018), Van Onselen wrote another insightful article for the Australian At least Labor is talking the talk on tax reforms. The first thing one notes from this is that, having left the employ of SkyNews, Van Onselen has pick up another tax payer funded gig. No. Spartacus is not talking about the ABC (which is already widely known). Rather, Van Onselens by-line now says this:
Peter van Onselen is a professor at the University of Western Australia and Griffith University
Did anyone notice the quiet addition of this professorship at Griffith University?
But it is not his travel budget that warrants attention. Here are some highlights from his considered piece:
The governments attacks on Labor for its taxation policies directed at closing loopholes and concessions, especially for older Australians
No Professor Van Onselen. Labors tax policies are not about closing loopholes and concessions. They are about increasing taxes. There is also no such thing as a tax loophole. They are not accidents in the tax code. They are deliberate policies. You may not agree with the policies, but please dont sprinkle hundreds-and-thousands on a turd and call it a cupcake.
Reform to the GST has been firmly placed in the too-hard basket by both major parties.
Professor Van Onselen. Please recall from English for Politicians that Multiple tax increases are not....
Hervey Bays LGBTIQ community will gather to commemorate this years International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17. The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion. Community members will wear their most colourful ...
On Tuesday 15 May, there was a nice pair of
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron aircraft that
were noted and spotted calling into CQ Airports.
RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted touching down at Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney as "Wisdom 49". After spending the day on Hamo it then departed and looked to be heading to Townsville.
Meanwhile, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted touching down at Rockhampton Airport. It looked to arrive from Townsville having flown into there from the South earlier in the day.
1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past
the Gold Coast on this day.
1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.
1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."
1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer) popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.
1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.
1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.
1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.
1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.
1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.
1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.
1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.
1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...
Australian drag superstar Courtney Act has joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for a new campaign raising awareness of HIV treatment and undetectable viral loads in people living with HIV. According to the latest research, people living with HIV who are on successful treatment are incapable of passing HIV on to their sexual partners if ...
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Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects Photo: University of Washington
For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another by power supply, whether its relying on carrying around heavy batteries, combustion engines, fuel cells, or anything else. Its particularly tricky to manage power as your robot gets smaller, since its much more straightforward to scale these things up rather than downand for really tiny robots (with masses in the hundreds of milligrams range), especially those that demand a lot of power, there really isnt a good solution. In practice, this means that on the scale of small insects robots often depend on tethers for power, which isnt ideal for making them practical in the long term.
At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia, next week, roboticists from the University of Washington, in Seattle, will present RoboFly, a laser-powered insect-sized flapping wing robot that performs the first (very brief) untethered flight of a robot at such a small scale.
There are a bunch of different ways to potentially power a robot remotely, but most of them suffer from low range, or low efficiency, or dont deliver a lot of power. For some small robots, this is just fine, but a flying robot demands a lot of power transmitted over a relatively long distance in order to be useful. Theres one obviously best way of doing this, and its obviously best because its the solution for pretty much every problem in science: lasers.
RoboFlya design based on the RoboBee flapping-wing microrobot from Harvards MicroRobotics Labis about the size of a bumblebee, and weighs just 190 milligrams (a bit more than a toothpick). Its powered by an infrared laser aimed at that tiny little photovoltaic cell, which can harvest the 250 mW required to get the robot airborne. In the video, the laser doesnt track the robot, so as soon as the solar cell moves out of the beam, it loses power and the robot stops flying.Ultimately, a RoboFly could be controlled by a ceiling-mounted laser that tracks it wherever it goes, or even lasers mounted on moving vehicles (or other robots) that can follow the RoboFly around and provide power to it indefinitely
While delivering the power is a significant part of the challenge, developing the...
Replacements of culverts along the Cowan Cowan Bypass Road are scheduled to recommence on Thursday 17 May 2018 with proposed completion by 30th June 2018. Affected parks: Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area.
Lismore-based LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits has come a long way in 30 years. The group are a community not-for-profit organisation delivering inclusive events and social activities to ensure the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ community have a safe, fun and inclusive place to call home. The Tropical Fruits flagship New Years Eve Festival began 30 years ago, ...
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