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Sunday, 20 May


Extremely heavy rain floods Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Nora" dumped extremely heavy rain on parts of Queensland over the past 24 - 48 hours, causing major floods and emergency evacuations. Many locations exceeded or even doubled their March average rainfall. Exceptional rainfall totals...... Read more


Study: Indonesias ambitious peat restoration initiative severely underfunded "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

JAKARTA High costs and a lack of funding stand in the way of Indonesia achieving its target for the restoration of degraded peatland across the country, a new study says. The government in 2016 embarked on a program to restore 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of degraded peat forest by 2020. The cost for this undertaking, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, will likely exceed $4.6 billion. To date, however, the Indonesian government has budgeted just $200 million for the initiative, according to the study, and the results are telling: only 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of peatland, or 10 percent of the total, had been rewetted by the end of 2017. That funding includes 34 million Norwegian krone ($4.4 million) from the Norwegian government and $134.6 million from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. For its part, the Indonesian government initially allocated the equivalent of $60.5 million from its 2017 spending budget. The $200 million figure cited in the study, though, used the lowest cost projections available and did not account for the subsequent slashing of Indonesias contribution by half, as part of wider cost-cutting measures by the Ministry of Finance. A peat bog being drained in Kalimantan. The lack of oxygen due to wet conditions in peat bogs prevents the peat from breaking down. When peat bogs dry out they start to decompose and large quantities of stored carbon are released to the atmosphere. Photo credit: Rhett


Water raiders are eyeing the Clarence River - again "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In 2007 Clarence Valley communities saw off an Australian prime minister (John Howard) and his water minister (Malcolm Turnbull)  - telling them "Not A Drop".

The issue of inter-basin water transfer became an election issue that year and the National Party lost the seat of Page and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government lost the federal election.

Having learnt nothing from the commitment of local people in the Clarence Valley, including traditional owners, once again the water raiders have raised their heads above the parapet.

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 19 May 2018, p.14:

Clarence diversion

On April 18, 2018, Toowoomba Regional Council in south-east Queensland resolved to submit a motion to the National General Assembly of Local Government in June this year.

This motion calls for the Assembly to amend Resolution 7...


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 "Trojan 55" Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 19 May, and for the second weekend in-a-row, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 55".


EP 245: Bench Press & MOD CON "IndyWatch Feed"

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Bench Press

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.


Engineered by Kaite Harrington and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the...


Hendra May Fair "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 20th May, 10.00am 4.00pm, Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ Around CQ Airports on Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The familiar sight of both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" were both noted calling into various CQ Airports on Thursday 10 May over the latter part of this week.

On Thursday 10 May, VH-VVI was noted departing Brisbane for Longreach Airport.  It then flew across to Rockhampton Airport before heading to Bundaberg Airport and then back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 12 May, VH-VVI visited Mackay Airport flying from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 10 May, VH-CXJ was noted also calling into Rockhampton Airport, initially flying in from Townsville before it later departed to Brisbane.  VH-CXJ then returned to Rockhampton Airport before departing to Cairns.


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Camping at Amamoor "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


We camped for 3 nights at Cedar Grove, Amamoor State Forest. Amamoor has become something of a favourite, this being our fourth camp there. A Platypus showing closely at Amama picnic area on the way in was a good start.

Amamoor Creek
We had clear, cool weather with plenty of birds about. Paradise Riflebird was calling sporadically and a pair fed regularly close to our camp. Regent Bowerbird and Satin Bowerbird in small numbers occasionally came into the camping ground to feed. Russet-tailed Thrush was calling commonly but didn't show.


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Saturday, 19 May



Paedophile Alan Jones took bribes off Qantas now he accuses Qantas CEO Alan Joyce of taking bribes off the Wagner family "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by []


Kurilpa Poets present; ATMOSPHERICS, Sunday, 27th May "IndyWatch Feed"

The Kurilpa Poets present Sunday 27th May, 2pm, 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane ATMOSPHERICS! ..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air W. Shakes-speare * This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth Continue reading


Fill the Bowl - Sunnybank "IndyWatch Feed"

So despite the ongoing construction at Market Square, not only are all stores still open, but there are also a fair number of new openings in the area. A notable opening is Fill the Bowl, which took the space that used to hold Miel Container. Feeling the malatang itch once again, I decided to venture out and try this reasonably new restaurant.



Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
Dynamic Walking Conference  May 21-24, 2018  Pensacola, Fla., USA
RoboCup 2018  June 18-22, 2018  Montreal, Canada
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand
ICARM 2018  July 18-20, 2018  Singapore
ICMA 2018  August 5-8, 2018  Changchun, China
SSRR 2018  August 6-8, 2018  Philadelphia, Pa., USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.

[ TC Sessions Robotics ]

Playground founder and CEO Andy Rubin...


Jennifer Aniston Stars As First Lesbian President Of The United States "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Jennifer Aniston is set to play the role of first lesbian president of the United States. While other actresses such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, Robin Wright in House of Cards and Bellamy Young in Scandal have played the part of fictional commander-in-chief, none of them had a first lady at their side. Netflix has ...

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MACKAY 7 News Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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7 News Mackay

May 19, 2018 at 01:57AM ,

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Friday, 18 May


Black-chinned Honeyeater, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail at Amamoor Creek Road reported by Greg Roberts on 18-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2 Black-chinned, pair + 20-odd Red-tailed, 4 Painted Buttonquail + fresh Black-breasted Bquail platelets Further info:


The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can easily slip into tight places that are inaccessible to big drones.

But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground. The electronics they need to power and control their wings are too heavy for these miniature robots to carry.

Now, engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps. This might be one small flap for a robot, but its one giant leap for robot-kind. The team will present its findings May 23 at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia.


First Stop "IndyWatch Feed"

I had a few weeks to recover before leaving for 4 weeks of touring around parts of Queensland. If youve experienced broken ribs youd know that sitting can be uncomfortable and bumping around in a 44 towing a caravan in Continue reading


Eating Out: Insane Acai Bar "IndyWatch Feed"

West End is a cornucopia of vegan options, including the all-vegan Insane Acai Bar. While I am not in love with the name, it is a good place to stop by if you are craving a smoothie, bowl, or fresh juice. But they also have a big selection of raw and baked vegan treats as well. I don't normally go there as a primary eating destination, but I have picked up a few smoothies for afternoon snacks after eating lunch elsewhere.

The one time I did go in to West End just to eat there, I was feeling like I was getting sick, and I was desperately craving some sort of smoothie bowl. I will always pick a dragon fruit bowl over an acai bowl, because I like the colour pink a lot. Plus they are tasty! All the fresh fruit on top definitely helped me feel a little better.

Dragon Fruit Bowl at Insane Acai Bar

Speaking of dragon fruit, I also love it in smoothie form!

Dragonfruit Smoothie at Insane Acai Bar

I tried out their Red Velvet Smoothie, which apparently not many people had ordered. I don't know why! It is a lovely mix of banana, beetroot, cacao, strawberries, dates, and coconut milk (I had them switch out the coconut milk for soy). It was a really nice flavour, plus pretty! I foolishly took the option of chocolate drizzle, which I wouldn't do again because it was full of coconut oil. But it froze solid on the side of the cup as soon as the cold smoothie hit it, so I didn't have to worry about it. It would be annoying if you actually wanted to mix the drizzle through.

Red Velvet Smoothie at Insane Acai Bar

I also love the Superfoods Smoothie, which has acai, banana, goji berry, cacao, and almond milk. It isn't quite as good as the superfoods smoothie is at Charlie's, but it is still pretty good.


This Years MELT Festival Has Launched With A Feast For Your Senses "IndyWatch Feed"

The inclusive spirit of the MELT Festival and its celebration of queer diversity is reflected by the variety of artistic forms in the line-up. The MELT programme, running until Sunday, May 27, proves that queer art is no longer simply a shorthand for presenting the tortured soul of the white gay man onstage. Queerness at ...

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Thursday, 05 April


Big Pineapple Warm Up Party "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Big Pineapple Warm Up Party


Sunshine Coasts Big Pineapple Music Festival has SOLD OUT! To celebrate we have one big line-up coming your way.
Get your party started with:
POW Negro (WA)
The Moving Stills (NSW)
Doolie (QLD)So if you missed out or youre looking for double the pineapples; get down to the zoo for The Big Pineapple Warm-Up PARTY!


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Wednesday, 04 April


Building approvals swing to commercial "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Approvals shift

Apartment approvals are now declining quite quickly in Sydney, while confidence is picking up off the mat in Brisbane, especially for tonwhouses and semi-detached dwellings.

The latest ABS figures relate to the month of February, but with more and more new apartments failing to value up at completion it's only a matter of time before unit approvals in Sydney decline further. 

Approvals for houses are generally mirroring internal migration trends, with Brisbane and Melbourne attracting the most migrants from elsewhere in Australia, but Perth having experienced an outflow of residents. 

Totting it all up, there is little evidence yet of a bust in residential construction, with more than 221,000 dwellings approved over the year to February 2018, although we are now well off the peaks.

The high-rise apartment sector has also calmed down a bit now, with a notable shift towards more approvals for family appropriate dwellings, such as terraces, semi-detached homes, townhomes, and low-rise apartments. 



The Antarctics Hidden History: Secret Nazi Bases, Alien Technology and Evidence of a Lost Civilization "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Richard Syrett welcomes one of the pioneers in the field of Exopolitics, the study of the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence.  Hell discuss rumors that the Nazis sent their submarines down there to establish bases under the ice.  The Germans may have found ancient artifacts indicating that before Antarctica froze it was the home of Atlantis.

GUEST: Dr. Michael Salla is a pioneer in the development of exopolitics. He was an Assistant Professor/Researcher in Residence in the School of International Service, American University from 1996-2004. He has a PhD in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also the Founder of the Exopolitics Institute, a non-profit organization that analyzes the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence. He has written Exposing U.S. Government Policies on Extraterrestrial Life, Exopolitics: Political Implications Of The Extraterrestrial Presence, Galactic Diplomacy, Kennedys Last Stand: Eisenhower, UFOs, MJ-12 & JFKs Assassination, Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances and Antarcticas Hidden History.

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Full Moon April 2018 Astrology "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oh, come the goddesses. The Full Moon April 2018 Astrology influences and spiritual meaning. from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Full Moon April 2018 Astrology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Joyce joins pro-coal MPs pushing Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barnaby Joyce. Photo Tree Faerie.

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce says it would have been remarkable if he hadnt joined a backbench push to see coal part of any national energy guarantee.

Malcolm Turnbull is staring down the latest pro-coal campaign from some coalition MPs as the self-described Monash Forum promises to keep up the fight.

The informal group of backbenchers released a letter on Tuesday calling for taxpayers to fund a new $4 billion coal-fired power station.

The former deputy prime minister, Mr Joyce confirmed he is a member of the forum, arguing he wanted to make absolutely certain that Mr Turnbulls national energy guarantee delivers coal-fired power stations.

I was aware of it and I signed it; it would have been remarkable if I hadnt, he told The Australian on Wednesday.

HELE (high-efficiency, low-emissions) coal-fired power plants are not the Dickensian dark satanic mills of many a year ago.

The prime minister on Tuesday played down the groups push, saying his policy put a premium on immediately usable power which could be delivered by coal, gas, pumped hydro or other technologies.

I can only say to you that our national energy guarantee has been endorsed by the whole coalition party room, he told reporters in Brisbane.

Its got strong support from industry and state jurisdictions its vitally important that it be adopted, because what we need is a technology-agnostic energy policy that encourages investment.

Subsidies for renewable energy are due to end in 2020, but backbench Senator Eric Abetz wants taxpayers to subsidise new coal plants instead.

Were talking about investing taxpayers dollars of about $4 billion so government is involved in this space, Senator Abetz told 2GB.

The market is distorted because of policy positions, especially by state Labor governments.

I am a free marketeer, everybody knows that but every now and again you need to have a look at what is the potential for the government to assist in a space where the market has failed.



April 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1789 - Smallpox (or it is suspected now it was chickenpox) decimated the Aboriginal population of Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Broken Bay. The disease spread inland and along the coast.

1801 - Governor King ordered Aboriginal people gathering around Parramatta, Georges River and Prospect Hill "to be driven back from the settler's habitation by firing at them".

1817 - Macquarie was able to report to Earl Bathurst that all hostility on both sides has since ceased. He commented therein on the success of the military campaign, though omitted its more barbaric and brutal elements, including the massacre at Appin on 17 April 1816 of a tribe comprising 15 men, women and children, carried out by soldiers under cover of darkness. No accounts survive by Aboriginal people of their view of the campaign, and none was sought by the English at the time.

1820 - The foundation stone is laid for what later became the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.

1821 - Today saw the Gov. and Mrs Macquarie having a delightful sail on the good ship Midas about the Southern Settlements to have a Captain Cook at how things were going.

1821 - Sir John Jamieson, Merchant Browne, William Cox, James Smith, Robert Cowper, James Jenkins, et al, obtained permission to cut cedar at Illawarra.

1834 - Hope you've been saving those pennies for the first land sales in Albany, Westralia.

1844 - The cutter America was wrecked in the Torres Strait with the sole survivor, 16 yr old Scottish Barbara Thompson wife of the captain, adopted by the local Aboriginal People until she was found by the survey party from HMS Rattlesnake in 1849.

1846 - The first payable gold discovery in South Australia, gives rise to the first Australian gold mine, five years before the official discovery of gold in Australia at Bathurst.

1848 - As they farewelled the 7 horses, 20 mules and 50 bullocks from Roma, QLD - who were accompanied by Ludwig Leichhardt and 6 other blokes - no one realised the mothership/Yowie/bunyip/rogue black panther/ was waiting for them somewhere in the vast Aussie outback, and that they'd never be seen again.

1865 - Maitland Brown was a bloke on a mission - to find the missing (believed dead) explorers Panter, Harding and Goldwyer in the Kimberley. Today in 1865 he was holding an Aboriginal law-man, Karimba, as a prisoner and guide, but Karimba began leading Brown's search party in the wrong direction whilst trying to set up an ambush.

1866 - W.O. Hodgkinson commenced publication of the newspaper the "Mackay Mercury".

1874 - The Abandonment of Gilberton, was reported in The Queenslander.

In 1874, the missionary Reverend E. Fuller travelled to Cardwell with the ambition of establishing a....

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Tuesday, 03 April


Logan Area Support Group for Victims of DoCS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

To any parents/grandparents etc of children who have been removed in the Logan area of QLD - I have started an advocacy service and support group which will begin meeting at the Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre on April 23 from 9-12. It will run weekly from then on. The purpose of the group is to be a safe space to discuss your current and past experiences with having loved ones placed in care, to share your knowledge and tips with others on the journey, and to get help with things such as paperwork or linking in with services. I am running this group as I am astounded at the lack of support for parents like myself whose children are taken. If you would like to come along just drop in, and feel free to PM me if you would like more information.


Grindhouse Wrestling Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Grindhouse Wrestling 

With Special Guests: Snake Bite Whiskey, S.C.O.R.E.S & Ravens Liar

Brisbanes best Professional Wrestling show is set to hit The Zoo for the first time on Saturday the 14 th of April, for a show like none you have seen before!
The hit show, Grindhouse Wrestling, has been entertaining Brisbane wrestling fanatics for 6 years with an 18+ only atmosphere, now we are ready to launch our biggest show to date, GRINDHOUSE:REVOLUTION!

With 5 matches on the undercard and a huge CHAMPIONSHIP Main Event, the night will be filled with High-Flying, Death-Defying, Hard Hitting, hardcore wrestling action, topped with local Brisbane bands playing homegrown music throughout the night for a show that cannot be missed!
Main Event for the Evening Triple Threat Hardcore Match for the AWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. The most prestigious title in Queensland is on the line in the Main Event when The Monster Rip Rielly, puts his AWA Heavyweight Championship on the line. Standing at 195cm tall and weighing in at 120kg, Rip Rielly has said that he would defend the title against the very best men who will step up to him and try to take it. One of those men is a former champion himself, holding the title for a record, 432 days straight. The self-proclaimed King of Queensland TIM KADE, has proven time and time again that there is no line he wont cross to win matches and get back his crown from Rip Rielly. Tim Kade will need to keep his eyes on the back of his head during the match as he wrestles not just the Champion, but the other challenger, Showtime Jake Nova. Jake Nova is a superior athlete and the leader of a group of men known as Next Level.

Since the group formed, they have been known to invade matches, cheat in all circumstances, and use their numbers to beat down other men. Jake Nova has etched out a name for himself throughout Queensland over the years, but this will be his first time wrestling with the most prized title in Queensland on the line. Hardcore rules apply throughout the match, and we can expect to see the full use of tables, ladders, chairs and any othe...


Falcon Animal Totem "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The symbolism and spiritual meaning of the Falcon animal totem. Learn his wisdom power and protective qualities. from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Falcon Animal Totem appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Rohinghya to protest at Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A Rohingya village in Myanmar being set alight, apparently by military forces. Photo supplied

The Queensland Rohingya Community is call on the Commonwealth of Nations to prevent the genocide on the Rohingyan people of Arakan State in Burma (Myanmar).

Athletes are competing at the Commonwealth Games while citizens of the former British colony of Burma daily face genocide at home. Noor Zaman, president of Queensland Rohingya Community Inc, today.

The Queensland Rohingya Community is staging a protest to coincide with the start of the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast to raise awareness of the desperate situation of Rohingya people in Burma, he added.

The protest will take place at Pratten Park, Off Margaret Ave, Broadbeach, Gold Coast QLD 4218 at 3.00pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday April 4.

Noor Zaman a spokesperson for the Rohingya community in Brisbane will speak about Australias responsibility to assist his people in their struggle.

There are more than 500 villages have come under fire from the military leaving death, destruction and poverty in Arakan State. For example, the Kuna Para village in Maungdaw and the Gudam Fara village in Buthidaung were burned to the ground and in Arakan State more than 200,000 Rohingyan people were killed, many burnt alive by Burmese military forces, the group claims.

A recent video of survivors of the carnage that shows the burnt bodies of people in the villages is only the most recent example of the ongoing atrocities and crimes committed against the Rohingya people under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, Noor Zaman said.

According to recent United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, there are more than 800,000 Rohingya people are in refugee camps in Bangladesh and more than 40,000 Rohingyan orphans in Kutupalong refugee camp.

Our people have suffered in the camps for more than 25 years now with no solution is in sight. We are calling on the Commonwealth of Nations to increase the international pressure, more sanctions and suspend military co-operation with Burma and to find a solution for the Rohingyan people. We are also calling on the Australian Government to pass a resolution in parliament to help stop the genocide and to find a sustainable so...

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Monday, 02 April


Qld economy well positioned in 2nd quarter 2018, esp. given Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We are now in the second quarter of 2018, and its a good time to review the economic outlook for Queensland. Job vacancy data released by the ABS last Thursday were very encouraging, and suggest the current economic upswing, encompassing a variety of sectors including health and aged care, education, tourism, and mining, will continue into this quarter. As Peter Martin pointed out in his article Best odds since the mining boom: 10 unemployed for each 3 vacancies, the ratio of unemployed persons to job vacancies is at a very low level nationally, so its a good time to be a job seeker, particularly in NSW and Victoria (see my chart below).


Peter Martin noted that Queensland was one of the worst states in whi...

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Sunday, 01 April


EP 240: Spiderbait "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Photo: Katherine OMalley


Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janets familys farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.
From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.



April 1 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1788 - Some time during this month dingoes gave up their date with Tom Cruise for a roast lamb dinner of 1 ewe and 5 lambs at Farm Cove.

1790 - Things were crook when daily tucker rations were reduced even further at Sydney.

1794 - He who had his finger in every spot of unrest and his nose in everyone's business, MacArthur was given a pressie of another 10 acres at Parramatta.

1796 - To control the sale of grog Governor Hunter issued the first 10 licences to pubs...and no, it wasn't an April Fools' Day joke!

1817 - Further repressive measures follow the Cataract River slaughter. Macquarie forbids armed Aborigines to appear within one mile of any settlement carrying warlike weapons including Spears, Clubs, or Waddies. No more than six Aborigines may lurk or loiter near any farm and assemblies for ritual battles are wholly abolished.  He outlaws 10 Aboriginal men well known to be the principal and most violent instigators of the Late Murders. They are Murrah, Myles, Wallah (alias Warren), Carbone Jack (alias Kurringy), Narrang Jack, Bunduck, Kongate, Woottan, Rachel and Yallaman. A reward of 10 is offered for anyone bringing any of them in, dead or alive.

1840 - The Fighting Waterholes Massacre .
 A hunting party of employees from nearby Kononwootong Station massacred a party of 60 + Aboriginal elders, women and children. The bones of those who were killed were buried in the embankment wall of the creek, but were uncovered one hundred years later in major floods. The remains of those who were massacred have since been reburied.
It was the second massacre inflicted on the Konongwootong gundidj clan by the Whyte brothers in their first two months of occupation of Konongwootong station.

1843 - The more things change, the more they stay the same...The Bank of Australia failed miserably.

1846 - The executive Council in Sydney voted Port Phillip District off the island to be separated from NSW.

1857 - The brig Sea Bell was wrecked off Fraser Island and the only survivors were a woman and 2 kids who had to holiday there for 2 years before they were rescued.

1876 - Captain John Mason, of Belfast in Victoria was getting his knickers in a twist having eyeballed the Mahogany Ship at Warrnambool and not finding it since so he penned a letter to the Argus newspaper.

1877 - Standing on Thursday Island some smarty poo bum thought it would enhance the tourist value by turning it into a coaling station for steamers so they humped the Qld settlement of Somerset off to the holiday isle.

1885 - Oh to pop back in time to have the coal dust and smoke smell in my hair! Steam trains began running their little wheels off between Adelaide and Victor Harbour.

1886 - Fairy tale of the day,....

Saturday, 31 March


Nice Helicopters Ferry Through CQ Airports on Good Friday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was a Good Friday for plane spotters with at least four nice helicopters being noted passing through Central Queensland Airports on Friday 30 March.

Perhaps the nicest was Aerospatiale 350B3 Ecureuil Squirrel Helicopter PK-FUI which arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns via Townsville.  As the photo below shows, it once wore the stunning colours and titles of Hevilift.

File photo

It appears as though PK-FUI has stayed at Rockhampton Airport, although I am unsure as to whether it still wears this attractive livery.

UPDATE!  PK-FUI looked to depart South from Rockhampton Airport early on Saturday 31 March.  There are reports that it has a revised livery.

Also passing through Rockhampton Airport (again) was McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter P2-MSA.



QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESH "Rescue 500" Ferries South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 31 March, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was noted ferrying South from Townsville to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

VH-ESH was heard using the radio callsign of "Rescue 500" - the usual callsign of the Archerfield-based QGAir Rescue helicopter that flys missions around the South-East corner of the state.

As posted below, fellow QGAir Agusta AW139 VH-EZJ flew North to Townsville at the start of last week as "Rescue 500" and was noted assisting with the rescue and recovery efforts after Tropical Cyclone Nora made landfall.  I presume the helicopter 'swap' was to allow VH-ESH to now enter the maintenance hangar.


Video Friday: Science Lab Robot, Will Smith's Android Date, and Soft Robotic Gripper "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Soft Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

As far as I can tell, biologists spend the vast majority of their time moving tiny amounts of liquid around in order to maybe possibly eventually do a little bit of analysis that could lead to some Real Science. Opentrons has announced their OT-2 lab robot, which will enable biologists to instead spend the vast majority of their time simply worrying about whether those tiny amounts of liquid have interesting stuff going on in them or not.

$4,000 in a context like this is basically nothing. For many labs, this could mean that everyone gets their own robot, and if its a significant productivity boost, itll be totally worth it.


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