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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.
There are renewed calls for a dedicated agricultural visa. The National Farmers Federation (NFF) has been pushing for it for some time. In a 2017 submission, the NFF called for an agricultural visa with two streams: A short term (six to twelve month) stream to cater for a seasonal or unskilled workforce who may return in subsequent years; and [a] longer term stream to cater for a skilled workforce who may move within industries regions or employer groups.
And now the proposal appears to have political traction, with Nationals leader Michael McCormack at the National Press Club saying that an agricultural visa program was something Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud was working on. Its something that we do need to address. Mr Littleproud said.
What about the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) which provides precisely the short-term stream the NFF is after? The NFF downplays it . NFF spokesperson Ben Rogers says: The seasonal worker program is great, but ultimately it is a foreign aid program. This mystifying remark is expanded on, though hardly clarified, by the NFF 2017 submission: [T]he focus of the [seasonal worker] scheme is not on the labour needs of farmers. Instead, its primary purpose is to contribute to the economic development of the Pacific Island countries.
Its a ridiculous criticism. The SWP is not a form of foreign aid. It is a migrant labour scheme. It aims to contribute to Australian agriculture as well as Pacific development. And the NFF itself pushed for the introduction of the SWP. The NFF also complains that that the SWP is too bureaucratic, but any new agricultural visa would have similar conditions, and the appropriate response to such a criticism is to reform the existing scheme rather than introduce another.
And now there is the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS), starting in July of this year, which...
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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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Australian tennis great Margaret Court has won this years Golden GLORIA award for comments deemed to be the most homophobic in the last 12 months. The GLORIAs the Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous, and Ignorant Awards are organised by New South Wales Greens MP Penny Sharpe, and highlight the years the worst anti-LGBTIQ ...
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Southport Police Station has raised its first rainbow flag on Thursday to mark this years International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT 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. May 17 is the date on ...
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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
Letter to the Editor
Vaccination, corruption and greed, the terrible trio destroying humanity. How can we allow this to continue? Can we kill this Beast, or must we separate ourselves from them? Can we continue to live in a society which destroys its young? With all the politicial and judicial processes in the maiming and death of little Alfie Evans in the UK. There was not one mention of the vaccines he was given.
How long can this continue without a rebellion and blood in the streets? Thats what our stupid and gutless politicians should be asking themselves, who took an oath under our Constitution for PEACE, ORDER AND GOOD GOVERNMENT and yet they are ruled by evil manipulators, behind the scenes, trying to create chaos, so they can bring in their New World Order, passing bribes, rewards, blackmail and threats, while the people on the streets try to get the truth out.
All that is needed is for the Prime Minister to issue an order
for the abandoning of all vaccinations, immediately and the
repealing of all Vaccine Laws.
But will they do it? No, probably because their lives are in danger, as is President Donald Trump.
So that is the current news of the day, that the mainstream media refuses to report, because their bosses are in on the game, while the vaccinated, fluoridated, brainwashed and drugged masses follow them into the future that will make the dark ages seem like a picnic.
DO NOT VACCINATE
STOP DRINKING FLUORIDATED WATER.
STOP TAKING DRUGS, IT CAN BE DONE.
BE BRAVE AND DO SOMETHING TO SAVE YOURSELF
AND YOUR WORLD.
|Leigh Alan Jorgensen, Financial Review, 13 May 2018|
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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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...
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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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...
But I want to speak tonight about people outside this country who are in a dire and desperate situation. I speak of the Rohingya people in our own region, nearby. Tonight, rather than just tabling or incorporating a document, Id like to read into the record words put together by Rohingya groups, coordinated by the Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland, based in my home city of Brisbane, on behalf of the Central Queensland Rohingya community; the Darwin Burmese Rohingya community association; the Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia, based in Sydney; the Arkan Rohingya Community of Australia, based in Melbourne; and the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation, based in Melbourne.
On their behalf Ill read these words that they want to have read into the record for the attention of all senators, all parliamentarians and the wider community. They are words that I support. They start by reminding us of the words of the United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr Adama Dieng, who reported the following:
international crimes were committed in Myanmar. Rohingya Muslims have been killed, tortured, raped, burnt alive and humiliated, solely because of who they are. All the information I have received indicates that the intent of the perpetrators was to cleanse northern Rakhine state of their existence, possibly even to destroy the Rohingya as such, which, if proven, would constitute the crime of genocide. However, whether or not we consider that the crimes committed amount to crimes against humanity or genocide, this should not delay our resolve to act and to act immediately. We owe this to the Rohingya population.
The letter from these organisations reads:
Dear honourable senators,
On behalf of more than a million forgotten people whose voices are often unheard, and uncared, we, the undersigned Rohingyan organisations, speak to you with our grave concerns as to what is currently happening to the Rohingya people, both in and outside Myanmar. Renowned humanitarian organisations such as the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have already published detailed accounts of tortures, rapes and mutilations of innocent Rohingya civilians. We hope that the government of Australia would do something to protect this persecuted minority, as their very existence and identity are threatened.
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