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“When Gary McKinnon hacked into U.S. Space Command computers several years ago and learned of the existence of ‘non-terrestrial officers’ and ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’ and a secret program called ‘Solar Warden’, he was charged by the Bush Justice Department with having committed ‘the biggest military computer hack of all time’, and stood to face prison time of up to 70 years after extradition from UK. But trying earnest McKinnon in open court would involve his testifying to the above classified facts, and his attorney would be able to subpoena government officers to testify under oath about the Navy’s Space Fleet.
McKinnon also found out about the ships or craft within Solar Warden. It is said that there are approximately eight cigar-shaped mother ships (each longer than two football fields end-to-end) and 43 small “scout” ships. The Solar Warden Space Fleet operates under the US Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC) [formerly Naval Space Command]. There are approximately 300 personnel involved at that facility, with the figure rising.
Solar Warden is said to be made up from U.S. aerospace Black Projects contractors, but with some contributions of parts and systems by Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Russia, and Australia. It is also said that the program is tested and operated from secret military bases such as Area 51 in Nevada, USA.” (source)
President Ronald Reagan came by his knowledge of Solar Warden first hand, according to his published diarie...
By Fiona Macdonald
Back in February this year, the world celebrated when physicists finally detected gravitational waves – the tiny ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago.
We’ve since gone on to spot a second gravitational wave event – and now a team of physicists has suggested that these ripples might not just be short-lived occurrences. They think they might permanently alter the fabric of space.
Even more impressive – the researchers think they might have actually found a way to detect these permanent shifts in spacetime, also known as gravitational-wave memory.
“For so many years, people were simply concentrating on making that first detection of gravitational waves,” lead researcher on the new project Paul Lasky, from Monash University in Australia, told Charles Q. Choi from PBS.
“Once that first detection h...
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) announced its launch of blockchain-based voting services at the GITEX Technology Week. The event is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 16 to 20.
ADX Blockchain eVoting Services could benefit companies’ shareholders. They will be able to directly connect and monitor voting in any Annual General Meeting (AGM).
This will save time, cost and efforts. The exchange also hopes that these services will increase attendance at AGMs as well as aid decision-making processes. Additionally, shareholders can access reports and statements relevant to AGMs using their smart devices.
“We are proud to be the first stock market that employs blockchain technology in the services provided to stakeholders,” Rashed Al Blooshi, Chief Executive of ADX said in the announcement. He said his exchange aspires to become a fully digital exchange. He noted that:
“Adopting blockchain technology in our projects comes in alignment with the digital transformation of Abu Dhabi’s government services as we constantly strive to introduce new ways that ease the process of doing business in the Emirate.“
In September, the European Parliament published a short report on how blockchain can be used for voting. The report claims blockchain-enabled e-voting (BEV) would empower voters to record, manage, count and check the votes themselves instead of relying on a central authority.
The report also states “The historic record could then not be changed because other vo...
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit New Britain region of Papua New Guinea at 06:14 UTC on October 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). GFZ...... Read more »
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10 September 2016
Its goal was to discourage asylum seekers from entering the country “illegally” – as the government saw it.
Many refugees – having fled their homes – considered themselves stateless.
Their journeys were arduous and complex. Those from Iran, for instance, would travel first to Malaysia, where they could enter without a visa. Then they’d make their way to southernmost Indonesia, and from there they took boats towards Australia’s closest islands.
The trips typically involved people smugglers and dangerous – sometimes deadly – journeys on boats that were often overloaded and unseaworthy.
Of the boats intercepted at sea by the Australian Border Force, many were forcibly turned back to where they̵...
Wyatt Roy’s trip into the Daesh conflict zone raises senate committee questions. With an omnipresent Attorney-General George Brandis glaring over his shoulder, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin gave Wyatt Roy the all clear on Monday over his Iraq incursion. The former government minister had toured Iraq earlier this month in an effort ‘to see for […]
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AUSTRALIA-LISTED Lendlease has unveiled its plans for the S$3.2 billion Paya Lebar Quarter urban regeneration mixed-use development.
The development, located at the junction of Paya Lebar Road and Sims Avenue, is directly connected to two train lines, and will comprise seven buildings across the 99-year leasehold site.
The site, comprising two land parcels with a total area of 3.9 hectares, was awarded to Lendlease in April 2015 and will have three grade A office towers with between 13 and 14 levels, three residential towers or 429 one- to three-bedroom units, as well as more than 200 retail shops in the mall.
NTUC FairPrice Finest and Kopitiam have been named as the first two anchor tenants at Paya Lebar Quarter mall. It is expected to be completed in phases with the retail and commercial spaces ready in the second half of 2018 and the residential towers in the first half of 2019.
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by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB I think there must not be many Mormon readers of Gumshoe News, as no one commented on my choice of photo for the October 14 article on the Electoral College. To support my argument that there should be a “cabinet” of laypersons in the US — or Australia — […]
Australian Nick Kyrgios has been banned for eight weeks and fined $25,000 by the ATP for his behaviour – including “lack of best efforts” – in last week’s Shanghai Masters. The 21-year-old patted the ball over the net several times when serving in his 6-3 6-1 defeat by Mischa Zverev. He also began walking back […]
Sunshine and seawater. That’s all a new, futuristic-looking greenhouse needs to produce 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year in the South Australian desert. It’s the first agricultural system of its kind in the world and uses no soil, pesticides, fossil fuels or groundwater. As the demand for fresh water and energy continues to rise, this might be the face of farming in the future. An international team of scientists have spent the last six years fine-tuning the design – first with a pilot greenhouse built in 2010; then with a commercial-scale facility that began construction in 2014 and was officially launched today. Seawater is piped ... to Sundrop Farm. A solar-powered desalination plant removes the salt, creating enough fresh water to irrigate 180,000 tomato plants inside the greenhouse. Scorching summer temperatures and dry conditions make the region unsuitable for conventional farming, but the greenhouse is lined with seawater-soaked cardboard to keep the plants cool enough to stay healthy. In winter, solar heating keeps the greenhouse warm. There is no need for pesticides as seawater cleans and sterilises the air, and plants grow in coconut husks instead of soil. The farm’s solar power is generated by 23,000 mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a 127-metre high receiver tower. On a sunny day, up to 39 megawatts of energy can be produced – enough to power the desalination plant and supply the greenhouse’s electricity needs. Tomatoes produced by the greenhouse have already started being sold in Australian supermarkets.
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I drank a cup of shit today — and I’ve concluded I’m not okay with it. I should clarify: I drank a coffee that was literally made from shit. Specifically, out of coffee cherries that had passed through the bowels of Indonesian civet cats (otherwise known as luwaks), to become coffee beans, to then become the steaming liquid in the cup sitting in front of me. This coffee’s called kopi luwak, and you can’t visit Southeast Asia without encountering it.
What worries me isn’t the whole “eww—it’s poo” thing; it’s that this cup of coffee is supporting an industry that completely disregards the plight of the animals involved. Due to the high economic value of the coffee and pressures from the success of wildlife tourism, the mass-farmed luwaks are treated like the crap they churn out.
I was recently in Bali, and stopped in at one of the many coffee plantations and “agro-tourism” centres that sell kopi luwak in Indonesia. I consider any wildlife tourism suspicious until proven ethical, so I came to see if my scepticism was warranted. A young Balinese woman guided me around the gardens, reciting a spiel while she showed me how the excreted cherries are peeled by hand.
I asked if the luwaks always live in the small cages I saw sitting on the barren ground. “Just the ones on show,” she said. “All the others run wild.”
I know that it’s easy to get caught up in the faces of cute animals, and swept up by the thought of the Insta-caption pun potential — there’s clearly a drawcard there. Even if you check TripAdvisor before you travel, you’ll find only five and four-star reviews raving about the free tastings and gorgeous locations, with no mention of the cuts and scratches on the unhealthy luwaks. If your gut says it mightn’t be okay, your gut’s probably right.
The selling point is th...
Australia is forecast to enjoy at least another two years of solid economic growth, extending a quarter of a century without recession and dodging the deflation that dogs so many of its rich world peers.
[SYDNEY] Australia is forecast to enjoy at least another two years of solid economic growth, extending a quarter of a century without recession and dodging the deflation that dogs so many of its rich world peers.
The latest Reuters poll found analysts expect Australia’s A$1.6 trillion (S$1.7 trillion) of gross domestic product (GDP) to expand by 2.9 per cent this year, unchanged from the July poll.
Growth was seen at 2.8 per cent next year and 2.9 per cent in 2018, a result that would see Australia capture the Netherlands’crown for the longest run without a recession.
Surging export volumes, record low interest rates and an historic boom in home building have already underpinned growth of 3.3 per cent in the year to June.
A recent revival in the value of commodity exports also promises to boost company profits, national income and tax receipts in coming months. Surging prices for coal alone could eradicate the country’s trade deficit and add 2 percentage points to nominal GDP.
The worst also seems to be over for a long slump in mining investment, which subtracted a huge 1.6 percentage points from GDP growth in the year to June.
Policymakers at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) believe three quarters of the mining downturn has now passed and its drag on growth will greatly diminish for here on. “The Australian economy’s output performance, in aggregate, has been resilient in what remains a challenging environment,”said Westpac senior economist Andrew Hanlan. He is tipping economic growth of 3 per cent for both 2016 and 2017. “That said, downside risks persist. World growth is sluggish, and global financial sector vulnerabilities remain.” At home, jobs growth has turned sluggish and heavily weighted to part time work, restraining wage growth and adding to downward pressure on inflation.
Indeed, underlying inflation slowed to a record low of 1.5 per cent in the year to June and looks likely to have remained very subdued in the third quarter.
Analysts forecast consumer price inflation would run at just 1.2 per cent for 2016 as whole, well under the RBA’s target of 2 to 3 per cent.
Yet they also expected it to pick up to 2.1 per cent next year and 2.4 per...
Jax and Daz from the Muggeera Dancers and stars of Logie Award nominated TV series ‘Move it Mob Style’ will host Yabun Festival’s Corroboree Ground in 2017.
Jax (Jacqueline Cornforth) and Daz (Darren Compton) are a multi-skilled duo with many years of performance and community engagement experience.
Dax is a proud descendent of Bundjalung, Munanjali, and Gamillaraay nations of the mainland, and the Mer people of the Torres Strait Islands. He is a proficient yiggi yiggi (didgeridoo) player, an artist/craftsman and a multi-skilled Indigenous performer and dancer in both traditional and hip-hop dance. Dax has been dancing since the age of 13 and has performed in over 4000 shows across Australia, from remote communities to urban corporate functions. He has also performed internationally, travelling to over 24 countries representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
Born in Cairns, Jax is a proud Wuthathi woman from East Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. She is also a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with family ties to Thursday, Badu and Moa Islands. Jax completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and also studied at NAISDA Dance College. Jax has vast experience and extensive skills as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and event host.
Jax and Daz have featured on hit Indigenous dance program ‘Move it Mob Style’ and have worked as a duo throughout Australia over the last five years teaching young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about culture and dance.
The duo will be on hand to deliver another unforgettable day of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression and celebration. Catch Jax and Daz down at the Corrorboree Ground at the 2017 Yabun Festival!
The last 10-15 years have been characterized by a successful development of the economies of the Gulf States, which have consistently been included in the Top-35 wealthiest nations in terms of the standard of living of their citizens. The income per capita in Qatar (the richest country in the world) has reached 105 thousand US dollars, while in Oman (the poorest state) it has amounted to about 30 thousand dollars. Despite a more than threefold gap in wealth between Qatar and Oman, most states in the world, even those considered to be among the wealthiest, can only dream about it. Many Arab states in the Persian Gulf are enjoying a standard of living higher than in Switzerland, Australia and Canada! Over the past 15 years, the citizens’ welfare of these Arab states has increased more than 1.5 times, while the total GDP amounted to 1.6 trillion dollars in 2014.
The welfare growth in these countries directly correlated with the economic growth, which ranged from 4.2% in the UAE to 14% in Qatar for the last fifteen years. Even in 2014, when the prices of oil, which is the main source of wealth, dropped, the region demonstrated a 4.2% growth while the global economy slowed down to about 2.5%.
Before the sharp reduction of oil prices, all other indicators had demonstrated the financial and economic soundness of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) countries. These indicators include high surplus on balance of payments, with the volume of gold and currency reserves for Saudi Arabia only at the beginning of the oil price reduction amounting to more than USD756 billion while the total gold and currency reserves of the six countries exceeded USD940 billion in late 2014. This was 20% higher than in 2012. At the same time, these countries formed the world’s largest share of the gross national income (out of consumption), which exceed 50% of GDP in Kuwait and Qatar, for example. This fact has allowed and continues to allow these countries to spend a great deal of money on both economic development and the expansion of their investment portfolio abroad.
The six-nation group has managed to make progress in diversifying their economies, even though there are significant gaps among the nations themselves. Thus, according to IMF, 70% of the UAE GDP is unrelated to oil extraction and refining, while oil and gas production is ranked the first in Saudi Arabia’ GDP (45% of GDP).
However, the 2014-2016 almost threefold drop in oil prices revealed some old and still unsolved problems the Gulf States are facing, whi...
All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history next January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival, one of the nation’s biggest and longest running annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture events.
Formally known as Yantarrgna Band (after lead singer/song-writer Brandon Yantarrgna), Salt Lake Band consist of brothers, uncles, cousins and grandfathers, all hailing from the Warnindilyakwa family group.
The name of the band springs from a special part of their traditional lands, bringing with it their song-lines and Dreaming’s, all sung in Anindilyakwa language. Mixing rock, blues and reggae, and incorporating the band member’s totems of dugong, turtle, whale, dolphin, seagull and shark, Salt Lake Band’s songs share the sacredness and potency of the Warnindilyakwa Dreamtime.
The Salt Lake Band share a 10 year history and have headlined at several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. Based in their home community of Umbakumba (which has a total population of 350 people) the band’s language group is distinct from Yolngu, belonging exclusively to Groote Eyelandt.
Proud representatives of their language group and culture, Salt Lake Band have gained the financial support of their own Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to make the long trek to Sydney in order to share their music and culture with the Yabun audience, providing a special added cultural element to the 2017 Yabun Festival which already features esteemed Indigenous artists Kev Carmody and Warren H Williams.
“The Top End continues to be such a wellspring of vibrant and unique Aboriginal music and artistry and we are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of that proud legacy and culture at the 2017 Yabun Festival,” says Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.
“This will be the first time a Top End band has performed at Yabun since Yothu Yindi in the very early years of the festival, and is set to be one of the most special moments in the event’s 15 year history.”
Yabun Festival takes places at Victoria Park in Camperdown on January 26, 2017 (10:00am – 7:00pm).
From the time when energy became a state ambition and the central, almost paranoid platform of security, its messiness became apparent. Energy reserves needed to be controlled; corrupt regimes with access to such resources needed to be placated, or, if not, overthrown and replaced by compliant puppet governments. The world of energy is one governed by invasion, acquisitive brutality and resistance.
Even within countries less susceptible to regime change via energy exploitation, the tendency to politicise the issues surrounding access and acquisition remain. Cleaner, more sustainable options are deemed unpatriotic, draining traditional industries and jobs. The sense that the climate change phenomenon is an exaggerated bogey of politics persists.
At stages the argument has been panicked. The violent storms in South Australia last month, so-called “act of God” events which inflicted an energy blackout through the state, did not draw sympathy from the federal government, which persists in its autistic policies on the environment. The opposite was the case.
According to Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the blackout was exacerbated by poor energy policies, notably of the environmentally inclined sort. The finger, he argued, could be pointed to renewal energy targets at the state level deemed “extremely aggressive, extremely unrealistic.” It did not take long for the suggestion to be made that the Greens, and those sympathetic to green policies, be hauled out and given a public dressing down.
Various political figures were also lending their voices to the vitriolic mix, adding good lashings of distortion. After all, South Australia is something of a golden boy in the renewable revolution in a country often hostile to it. The figure of 41 percent of the state’s energy generated from renewables, much of it drawn from wind, was condemned as a feature of irresponsibility rather than praised as a matter of foresight.
Permanent school boy Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce might well be a fanatic when it comes to repelling the introduction of biosecurity threats into Australia (remember the Depp affair), but tends to be softheaded on the greening of the economy.
Earlier this month, Joyce suggested that the mid-latitude cyclone, which generated several tornados, should not be saddled with the dramatic devastation. He had found the indisputable culprit. “It wasn’t a hurricane. It was a severe thunderstorm. They’ve had severe thunderstorms before.” Wind energy, in short was “obviously not working” given the dramatic consequence.
Having made the erroneous deduction that South Australia, having had similar events before, should have been more resilient in the face of the usual, he...
The media construct of Indigenous people as ‘lazy, entitled’ began to emerge during the 1980s, as the mining industry’s publicity campaign against Indigenous land rights came into full force. Media-friendly grabs like ‘the black arm-band view of history’, the ‘surrender Australia policy’, ‘special privileges’ and the ‘Aboriginal Affairs Industry’ crept into the discourse.
Indoor skydiver Kyra Poh captured a gold medal in the junior freestyle category at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale World Cup of Indoor Skydiving which ended yesterday.
Despite losing her shoe in the middle of her performance, the 14-year-old Singaporean kept her cool. She topped the standings with 63.3 points after nine rounds, ahead of Austrian siblings Andrzej (61.2) and Aleksandra (59.4) Soltyk. The competition was held in Warsaw, Poland, from last Tuesday to yesterday.
Kyra said: “I was really excited and wanted to showcase a perfect performance. But when I landed my spin, I accidentally hit the wall and my shoe came off. For a split second, I didn’t know if I should continue, but I saw my mum’s face and she was cheering me to go on, so I did.
“It was a challenge to carry on without my shoe as my routine’s ending included a move where I have to run on the wind tunnel’s net, and it was slippery and difficult to execute… I am really glad I managed to finish it.”
Kyra, a School of the Arts student, had won the Australian Championship Freestyle Open title in August.
She and fellow teenager Choo Yi Xuan, 15, placed fourth for Team Firefly in the Dynamic 2-way category last Saturday. They finished behind teams Vipers, France 1 2WD and Suisse One.
Kyra said: “I think it’s not the win that matters. It will expose the sport of indoor skydiving to Singapore. After my performance in Poland, hopefully this sport will be more well known in Singapore, and I’m also rooting for it to be an Olympic sport one day, so that I can represent the nation on a larger stage.”
More Info: www.straitstimes.com
Update (15 Oct): The Galaxy Note7 is now considered hazardous material by the FAA. The device is not allowed on all U.S flights. In addition, passengers who attempt to sneak the Galaxy Note7 onboard will be charged with a criminal offense.
Update (29th Sept): The FAA updated its advisory that the ban does not extend to non-recalled Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices purchased 15th September or later. It also mentions that the newer non-recalled devices and the replaced devices have a green battery indicator, thus giving the safer handsets a more visual indication. The older unsafe models have a white battery indicator status.
Originally reported on 9th September 2016:-
The series of reports on exploding Galaxy Note7 units has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a warning for passengers to not use the device on planes.
“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” the FAA said in a statement.
Three Australian airlines have banned its passengers from using or charging the Galaxy Note7 during flights. The identification of the Galaxy Note7 as a potential airborne fire hazard came barely a week after Samsung halted global sales of the device.
Just two days ago, a man in St. Petersburg left his Galaxy Note7 charging in his jeep which exploded and set the vehicle on fire. Samsung has provided further information about the battery issue. In light of these developments, we recommend that...
Anti-Poverty week is 16-22
The SA Anti-Poverty Week Facilitation Group (of which SACOSS is a member) welcomes the release today of ACOSS' groundbreaking Poverty Report 2016 which shows the alarming extent of poverty across Australia.
According to the report, 3 million Australians, or 13.3% of the population, live below the poverty line*. Even more alarming are the statistics on child poverty which shows a rate of 17.4% of children (731,000 in total) living in poverty.
For SA the rate of poverty is 12.6%, which is slightly under the national rate. SA is the only state in which the rate of poverty has increased since the release of ACOSS's last Poverty Report in 2014 (the figure in the 2014 report for SA was 11.7%).
We are concerned that nearly 200,000 people across South Australia are struggling on a daily basis to pay for essentials like food and utilities bills.
(the exact figure for SA according to the ACOSS Report is 199,400* people living in poverty)
This reinforces why it is essential that we urgently increase basic allowances including Youth Allowance and Newstart by at least $50 a week.
Today marks the beginning of National Anti-Poverty Week - a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship.
Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17
For more about National Anti-Poverty Week, visit the website www.antipovertyweek.org.au/
For a list of Anti-Poverty Week activities in each state: www.antipovertyweek.org.au/calendar-of-activities-2016
ACOSS is today launching their Poverty Report 2016 to coincide with the start of Anti-Poverty Week and it will be available at www.acoss.org.au
* All figures are from the ACOSS Poverty Report 2016 and are for
people living below the National Poverty Line which is based on a
take-home income at less than 50% of the Australian median income,
after housing costs. These figures are based on ABS statistics for
Rosalie Pace, Co-Chair of the SA Anti-Poverty Week Facilitation Group, and State Manager Community Services, Red Cross on 0419 805 988.
Ross Womersley, CEO of SACOSS, on 0418 805 426.
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Magistrate, resigned three weeks after the release of this book in
Corrupt/or adverse mention ADDISON, Suzanne – Premier’s Department (Joan Kirner) Secretary.
Not adversely named ALBURY, Wayne Thomas – Taxi passenger.
Corrupt/or adverse mention ALLISTON, Gordon – VicRoads Enforcement Branch Officer.
Corrupt/or adverse mention ALMARAK – Police, Constable.
Not adversely named ALSTON, Richard (MP) – Deputy Opposition Leader in Federal Senate.
Not adversely named ARCHER, John – VicRoads bureaucrat.
Not adversely named ARDEN, Douglas – Lawyer, Legal Aid Commission.
Not adversely named ARMSTRONG, Graeme – Taxi passenger.
Corrupt/or adverse mention ARNOLD, Ray – Vicroads Enforcement Branch Officer
Corrupt/or adverse mention ASHTON, Derry Allan – VicRoads Enforcement Branch Officer.
Corrupt/or adverse mention BAILEY, Geoffrey – Police, Sergeant.
Not adversely named BAKER, Sally Elizabeth – Taxi passenger, friend of fare evader O’Shannessy.
Corrupt/or adverse mention BALMFORD, Rosemary – Judge, County Court.
Corrupt/or adverse mention BARBARIO, Raffaele – Magistrate.
Not adversely named BARDEN, David – Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, clerk.
Not adversely named BARNETT, Brian – Reptile keeper.
Not adversely named BARNETT – Judge, County Court.
Corrupt/or adverse mention BARROW, Brian – Magistrate.
Corrupt/or adverse mention BATT, Edwin Charles – Magistrate.
Contributed by Adam Carlton GetUp is organising to counter the Queensland government’s decision to grant Adani’s Carmichael coal mine a “critical infrastructure” status. Opponents say...
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Queensland authorities hope toxicology results will shed light on a mystery hallucinogenic drug that led to the hospitalisation of 16 Gold Coast partygoers.
Police and paramedics were called to various Surfers Paradise and Labrador addresses across Friday and Saturday nights to deal with their bizarre behaviour.
The patients – eight each on the two nights – were aggressive, non-compliant and dangerous, the Queensland Ambulance Service said.
Some were jumping on furniture, others were running into traffic and one even ended up swimming in a canal.
Police Superintendent Michelle Stenner said it was a great drain on police and health resources.
‘This is a massive community concern in terms of the fact that these persons are taking substances, they don’t know what they are, they don’t know what’s in them and what the consequences might be,’ she said.
‘As a result, everyone has to tend to their needs, which might be placing themselves in a dangerous situation.’
Debate is still raging over the controversial Safe Schools program just weeks after a 17,000-strong petition calling for it to be scrapped was tabled in NSW parliament.
Parents and schools around the country are divided, with some accusing the anti-bullying program of introducing children to a radical left-wing sexual ideology and others saying it saves lives.
Melbourne mother-of-four Cella White told the Seven Network she was so disturbed by the program she pulled her children from the school to transfer to a non ‘safe school’.
‘Safe Schools has highly sexualised content and I don’t believe that that’s the schools’ place,’ Ms White said on Seven’s Sunday Night program.
She also said she was concerned for the safety of her youngest daughter, who is blind, especially when using the school bathrooms.
NSW Liberal MP for Epping Damien Tudehope presented a petition with 17,000 signatures calling for Safe Schools to be abolished last month.
The move came on the heels of reports the Baird government was considering changing the program’s status to ‘opt in’, meaning parents would have to sign their children up rather than having to withdraw them.
Greens MP Jenny Leong later came out with a petition of her own in support of the program, calling for the Legislative Assembly to commit to the program in NSW schools.
Sunday Night also featured parents Kirra and Scott, whose young son Balon decided a year ago to dress as a girl and change his name to Briella.
Four teenagers have been stabbed in a fight at a Melbourne fast food store.
A large group of youths went to the store on St Albans Road, St Albans, about 6.15pm when a fight broke out, police say.
Police believe the brawl was organised.
Four 17-year-olds have been taken to hospital with stab wounds.
Two of the teens, a Braybrook boy and another from North Melbourne, have serious injuries.
The other two teens, one from St Albans and the other from Caroline Springs, have minor injuries.
Police have spoken to witnesses at the scene and are investigating.
The Online Hate Prevention Institute has fired back at New Matilda columnist Michael Brull. Some of you may have seen this coming.
Last week, I wrote an article discussing the political orientation of the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI). Specifically, whilst it presents as an organisation combating “online hate”, it delegitimises criticisms of Israel and Zionism as anti-Semitic.
This is because it applies a controversial “Working Definition of Antisemitism”, which characterises certain criticisms of Zionism and Israel as anti-Semitic. This definition was abandoned by the body that created it.
Supporters of the definition frankly explained that they supported it because “alongside classical anti-Semitic behaviour, it lists the vilification of Israel or Israelis”. I concluded that those who support its work in other areas should “at least be aware of its Zionist orientation”.
The CEO of OHPI, Andre Oboler – and OHPI itself – responded by accusing me of anti-Semitism.
On the Facebook page of OHPI, the official account began with a measured response. They said “Michael, thank you for your coverage” of OHPI, before setting out the valuable work OHPI believes it does. They conceded that “OHPI grew out of a project that started at the Zionist Federation of Australia.”
Responding to my explanation that the definition had been officially abandoned it, OHPI wrote (without a great deal of coherence): “As to the definition of antisemitism, it is true that a restructuring of the agency that created it so their work on it discontinue.” This is not correct – as I noted, the organisation publicly discussed redrafting it, before finally dumping it.
OHPI went on to list other organisations which had adopted the discredited and abandoned definition.
In a follow-up comment, OHPI adopted a more critical tone, characterising the article as an “attack piece”. OHPI observed that “The article itself is far less harmful than the headline which is designed to be poisonous to the unity we have created between Jews and Muslims in particular to tackling both antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate.”
I want to underline that – the article is “far less harmful than the headline”. The headline is: “The Pro-Israel Agenda Of The Online Hate Prevention Institute”. Aside from noting that the OHPI includes as anti-Semitic criticisms of Israel and Zionism, the article discusses an example of OHPI characterising a critic...
By Felice Cohen-Joppa for the Nuclear Resister. On Sunday, October 9, 120 people from 17 U.S. states plus Mexico, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands concluded a Catholic Worker gathering in Las Vegas with protests at the nearby Nevada National Security Site (NNSS, formerly known as the Nevada nuclear test site) and Creech Air Force Base. A morning liturgy was held in the desert just outside of the main entrance to the nuclear test site. An activist marching band then led the group as they carried signs, banners and colorful butterflies down the road to the gate. Thirty-one of the activists crossed onto NNSS property and were arrested for trespass.
I was told the day after her last conference last week that she is telling people I almost ran over her foot. Exactly HOW does someone “almost” hit you with their car?
The TRUTH is- during our visit with the hotel- she publicly humiliated me FOUR TIMES- and so I finally went out to my car.
When she and her friend DID come out- the princess took her damn sweet time getting into my car… after which I TOLD her that if she treated me like she had just done at the conference- that we were going to have issues- at which point the 65 year old started behaving like an 8 yr old- screaming that I let her out of the car.
Which I did. And yes- I did leave both of them standing in the hotel parking lot- but then- I figured the bitch could just fly them both back home on her broom.
Pat Goodwin aka Felicity Lee leaves out KEY info when she speaks about people. Like the fact that her website Ivory Garden is averaging ONE PERSON A DAY on it- and she generally gets DAILY emails from survivors telling her how they don’t trust her.
The conference was what it was this year because of ME and MY ADVERTISING IT IN ALL MY INTERVIEWS.
But let me just point out ONE MORE THING. Lori King was murdered because Pat DEMANDED that she sign the paperwork that took down Jeanette Bartha’s blog. Pat is the one who filled OUT the paperwork- but she was too afraid to sign her own name- so she made Lori King do it.
They MURDERED LORI BECAUSE OF THIS.
And it isn’t like she didn’t do the same afterwards. Infinite Minds got in trouble for posing as a non for profit when they weren’t- BECAUSE Pat asked me to turn them in.
The only difference between Lori and myself is that I have WAY MORE than a high school education- and so I was able to fill the paperwork out myself- and I OBVIOUSLY didn’t get murdered over what I did.
But that has NOTHING to do with Pat. If I HAD gotten murdered- she would have just done the same thing she has done with Lori- and MAKE HERSELF OUT TO BE THE VICTIM.
But deal with this woman at your own risk- because she GETS OFF putting people in bad situations and watching what happens to them. It is how she feels the MOST powerful.
Do what she asks- go ahead. But when they come to hurt you- she will do nothing other than take...
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Peace Pilgrims Lament at Pine Gap from #ClosePineGap Posted by Cairns Peace by Peace Early on Thursday morning, September 29, five “peace pilgrims” walked on to the Pine Gap U.S. military base at Alice Springs, in Arrernte country, to lament the death caused by the base and to resist the violence that is perpetrated there. […]
CANNES, France (AFP) – Coral reefs may be dying off at an alarming rate and pollution and overfishing emptying the seas. But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of a new wave of cartoon superheroes determined to save the oceans.
While Disney blockbusters Finding Nemo and Finding Dory have been attacked for sparking a spike in the poaching of tropical fish, Muppets creators the Jim Henson Company said Sunday (Oct 16) that their new animated children’s series Splash and Bubbles would help mobilise a new generation to save the undersea world.
The big-budget 40-episode series, which will screen on PBS in the United States next year, aims to “turn the tide of our world to save the planet”.
Boss Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, the puppetry genius behind The Muppets and Sesame Street, said the series, which was premiered at the MIPJUNIOR festival in the French resort of Cannes, comes at a vital time.
While four to seven-year-olds may not be able to do much now to tackle the millions of tonnes of plastic waste that have created the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, she said it is “their generation who will be left to solve” such problems.
The series comes in the wake of the huge success of “The Octonauts”, the most watched cartoon by pre-school children in Britain, Ireland and Australia.
The “edutainment” show has a team of animated animals rescuing sea creatures from their base in the Octopod.
With its catchphrase slogans of “Explore! Rescue! Protect!” it has been described as “Star Trek” meets Jacques Cousteau.
And now film-makers are working with the Monaco oceanographic museum which the legendary French marine explorer ran for decades to create another series about child heroes fighting for marine conservation.
“Pirates of the Abyss” will feature four friends who go off on aquatic adventures in an old submarine to right the wrongs of pollution and the overexploitation of the oceans.
Producer Aymeric Castaing told AFP that the series – aimed at slightly older kids – would tap into their anger and impotence at what is happening to the environment.
“The world we live in will soon be in the hands of these kids. It is they who will have to save the oceans,” he added.
Castaing said the children begin their quest after chancing upon on a laboratory left behind by “some of the greatest brains of the past” including Jules Verne, the inventor Nikola Tesla, Gustave Eiffel and Prince Albert I of Monaco, an early mar...
This video says about itself:
16 October 2016
Dramatic Rhino Rescue After Snout Stuck in Tyre
Vets had to be called in to rescue a wild rhino that got a tyre stuck over its snout and was unable to eat or drink. The animal, which was in one of Zimbabwe‘s rhino protection zone parks, became entangled in the tyre which had been dumped in a watering hole on the site. Rangers alerted vets from the Aware Trust charity who came and tranquilized the white rhino – called Mark by park workers – before carefully removing the tyre.
“Rangers thought he’d be able to dislodge it himself but as he continued to thrash around in frustration it became apparent the tyre was firmly stuck behind his front horn stub. “No amount of straining was going to enlarge the tyre’s central hole. Mark’s mouth was bound firmly shut and he couldn’t eat or drink.
“We found Mark, the dominant bull, lying close to his girlfriends, looking decidedly dejected and exhausted from his ordeal. “Fortunately the tyre came off in a few minutes with man power, and we did not have to resort to cutting through it. Eleven minutes later he was antidoted and grazing again as if nothing had happened.” The spokesperson said that because the part of Zimbabwe where the park lies is suffering from a drought, the lake where the animals get their water has receded and pollutants such as tyres and nets are emerging frequently.
The video features a cattle egret as well.
SINGAPORE – Indoor skydiver Kyra Poh captured a gold medal in the junior freestyle category at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) World Cup of Indoor Skydiving which ended on Sunday (Oct 16).
The 14-year-old Singaporean topped the standings with 63.3 points after nine rounds, ahead of Austrian siblings Andrzej (61.2) and Aleksandra (59.4) Soltyk.
The competition was held in Warsaw, Poland from Oct 11-15.
Kyra, who is a School of the Arts student, had won the Australian Championship Freestyle Open title in August.
She had lost her shoe in the middle of her flight routine but remained composed. She said: “I was really excited and wanted to showcase a perfect performance however when I landed my spin, I accidentally hit the wall and my shoe came off.
“For a split second, I didn’t know if I should continue but I saw my mum’s face and she was cheering me to go on, so I continued.
“It was actually a challenge to carry on without my shoe as my routine’s ending includes a move where I had to run on the wind tunnel’s net, and it was slippery and difficult to execute for that last part. I am really glad I managed to finish it.”
She and fellow teenager Choo Yi Xuan, 15, placed fourth for Team Firefly in the Dynamic 2-way category on Saturday. They finished behind teams Vipers, France 1 2WD and SUISSE One.
Kyra said: “I think it’s not about the win that matters. It was mostly to expose the sport of indoor skydiving to Singapore. After my performance in Poland, hopefully this sport will be more well known in Singapore and I’m also rooting for it to be an Olympic sport one day, so I can represent the nation on a larger stage.”
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Kevin Frost, a special forces sergeant in the Australian Army, has done something unusual. He wishes, even demands, to be tried for his role behind the summary execution of an Afghan prisoner in his captivity during a tour of the…
A surfer has survived a terrifying shark attack just 10 metres from the shore while lying on his board in the water at a popular tourist beach on the Sunshine Coast. University student Cooper Hallam said he was 'hit hard' from the rear left side and then took two or three bites to his body before he could react and fight off the shark. The attack took place at Kings Beach, in Caloundra, late on Saturday afternoon. Photographs of Mr Hallam's wounds were uploaded to the Dorsal Shark Reports Facebook page along with a description of the attack. 'Shark was obviously small, couldn't fit jaws around my waist, but still enough to give me the fright of my life,' he wrote. 'Further inspection of the bite looks like the sharks jaw size is around the diameter of a dinner plate.' 'Still very rattled... Not freaking out quite as much as my Mum though.'
Day 36: 10am
Just having a read about Through Spinfix and Sand to the Last of Desert Family. The book is based on a family of four who was the last of the desert people and was find in 1975. The other one is call the Last of the Nomads. It based on a story about a couple of the old people man and women. They was find in 1977 and they were the last of old people who live out in the desert.
The shire of Wiluna going to donate the book Last of the Nomads for me to read. When I have free time and something to do I read it. So it give me understand more about the desert people and how they live out in the desert area.
Day 36: 1pm
Allan ASHWIN ,JUM ASHWIN, Garry ASHWIN ,Gary ASHWIN, Brendon ASHWIN, Randle ASHWIN ,Brendon ASHWIN JUNIOR,front row, Clinton Pryor , Victor Ashwin
SYDNEY – After home-grown crooner Nathan Hartono shone abroad in TV singing competition Sing! China, another singer from Singapore is taking a reality TV competition by storm with her powerhouse vocals.
Enter Natalie Ong, the 15-year-old born in Singapore and based in Melbourne who has wowed the audience and judges with her performances on Season 8 of The X Factor Australia.
Having made it past the audition round, Natalie impressed judges again in the “Three Seat Challenge” stage which was aired on Sunday (Oct 16) night.
At this stage, performers are grouped into Unders, Overs and Group categories. Natalie and 11 other singers were in the Unders group as they are under 22 years old. Out of the 12, judge Adam Lambert could only pick three to advance to the next stage.
After an astounding range of performances by the show’s youngest contestants, Natalie secured her place in the top three in a tense episode.
As the last performer of the night, her role was to oust one of the three performers already occupying the three seats.
With her powerful cover of Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, Natalie earned plaudits from the judging panel, consisting of first Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and American Idol runner-up Lambert.
Lambert was so taken in by her performance that he rewarded it with a fling of his shoe – an indication of his utmost approval. He explained that shoe throwing was an unconventional way he and his friends expressed appreciation for one another’s performances.
— Kathy Katz (@katzolicious) October 16, 2016
This led Sebastian to join in the shoe-throwing act, while Azalea chimed in: “If I wasn’t a diva myself wearing a pair of thigh high boots I would have thrown my shoe right at you.”
Lambert expressed his dilemma in selecting just three of the 12 performers to advance to the live shows. Before Natalie, the final performer, he had already made tentative selection...
BANGKOK (AFP) – With Thailand grieving the death of beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the famous welcome extended to visitors in the “Land of Smiles” will be a bit less warm during mourning.
While most public services are unaffected, a range of entertainment, sport and cultural events have been cancelled or postponed, and guidelines have been issued on acceptable behaviour.
Here is what visitors should know.
ATTIRE AND BEHAVIOUR
Not everyone is required to follow millions of mourning Thais in wearing black, but visitors are nonetheless expected to avoid overly revealing or colourful attire.
Britain has advised its citizens to “behave respectfully when in public areas”.
“If possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
Australia’s foreign ministry counselled against behaviour that may be interpreted “as festive, disrespectful or disorderly”.
On the country’s popular southern beaches, however, normal swimwear is expected to remain acceptable.
PUBLIC SERVICES, TOURIST SITES AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES
Most public services and commercial activities are unaffected, with hospitals, banks, embassies, government offices and shopping malls largely operating as normal, though there may be ad hoc closures or restrictions.
There have so far been no reports of major transport disruptions.
A number of entertainment events have been cancelled, including concerts by Morrissey and the Scorpions, and Korean K-pop bands Big Bang, JYP and FT Island.
Dozens of local stage plays and other Thai entertainment also have been called off, as have a range of Bangkok arts and music festivals, according to Khaosod, a popular English-language website.
The city’s 14th World Film Festival set for November has been postponed to Jan 20-29.
A range of religious and cultural festivals around the country also have been suspended.
These include next month’s...
While savaging state governments for strong growth in renewables, the Australian Government has drawn the attention of other countries for its failure to reduce carbon emissions. Suzanne Harter from the Australian Conservation Foundation explains.
After failing to listen to consistent calls for stronger emissions reduction targets and a credible set of climate policies, the Australian government this week found itself under growing international pressure to explain what it is doing to tackle climate change – and how we will meet even the modest targets set in Paris while we continue to approve new coal-fired power stations around Australia.
For a fortnight the federal government has been attacking state governments including South Australia, Victoria and Queensland on their renewable energy targets despite the fact that those states have targets that are much closer to what’s needed to meet our Paris commitments, and they will provide demonstrable economic and environmental benefits.
In Queensland for example, a draft report of an independent expert panel – Credible Pathways to a 50 per cent renewable energy target for Queensland delivered to the Queensland Government yesterday shows that their 50 per cent target by 2030 is not only achievable, but can be cost neutral and can provide around 6,700 full-time jobs annually between 2020 and 2030, while also reducing emissions.(IMAGE: Oregon Department of Transportation, Flickr)
Against this backdrop, the Turnbull government has come under fire after a new UN expert review found that Australia’s carbon emissions will be 11.5 per cent higher in 2020 than they were in 1990.
The review also found that Australia’s industrial emissions – not counting those from forestry and land-clearing – were expected to rise 33.5 per cent over the three decades.
Australia also faced a barrage of questions from foreign governments on how it will achieve emissions reductions including from the USA, asking us what our longer term policies are to meet our 2030 targets, and from China on the impact that dropping carbon pricing has had and whether we are considering other mechanisms.
NSW Parliament – nicknamed the bear-pit – took on an unaccustomed healing role recently. Professor Stuart Rees explains.
Can poets and musicians really change the world? In the theatrette of the NSW State Parliament last week, participants in a Symposium for women’s rights and social justice answered this question. In doing so they also reacted to the misery imposed on asylum seekers.
By video link, Iranian Mina Taherkhani described her three years detention on Christmas Island and Nauru, “I was yearning for justice in a country which claims to uphold women’s rights but all I experienced was trepidation and panic.”
Iranian Behrouz Boochani said of his 28 months incarceration on Manus, “We have been exiled, displaced, left hopeless.”
Directed by the Iranian film maker, poet and human rights activist Saba Vasefi, the Symposium gave young women of migrant and refugee backgrounds the chance to portray, through poetry and music, a more just and hopeful world.
Saba – ‘have no fear’, ‘make the impossible possible’ – had fled to Australia having been expelled from university teaching for campaigning against capital punishment. She speaks of the consequences of colonization, that history of powerful nations taking what they wanted, discarding or eliminating those who got in their way.
In response to their own horrendous experiences of colonialism, Kirstie Parker, CEO of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence recalled the words of the Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal. In her poem ‘All One Race’, instead of expressing bitterness at her people’s treatment, Oodgeroo advocated justice through unity, “I’m international, never mind place; I’m for humanity, all one race.”
Artists who responded to the Oodgeroo challenge included the rappers Kween G and Candy Royalle, vocalists Rebecca Hatch and Minerva Khodabande and the Arab-Australian poet Sara Saleh.
Although these artists expressed hope for alternatives to current detention centre policies, they also had to deal with governments’ deception and cruelty.
Deception begins with politicians’ claims they are devout Christians and filled with compassion. Such sentiments mean that asylum seekers remain imprisoned and almost always voiceless.
Behrooz observed, “We are people not animals, All we want is a freedom to pursue happiness.”Behrouz Boochani.
Deception includes the claim that detainees on Manus and Nauru have a choice whether to settle in those lands or return to where they came f...
“Can we really believe that we are living a good
life, an ethically decent life if we don’t do anything serious to
help reduce poverty around the world and help save the lives of
children or adults who are likely to die if we don’t increase the
amount of aid we are giving?”
– Peter Singer
It’s a quarter to midnight and I’m in a dimly lit pub clutching a cider with fervent passion, indignantly expressing my hatred for Australia’s treatment of refugees, scoffing at the wealthy’s need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a television when a three-digit Dick Smith one will do just fine, pointing fingers at the societal structures that increase class divide in Australia and prevent housing commission kids from leaving the welfare cycle.
My friend politely interrupts and asks with a soft and sincere tone: “What have you been doing to make a change and how can we help? Because I feel like I care about these things too, but I don’t know enough and I don’t know what to do about it.”
I stopped and I paused for a moment.
What WAS I doing? Apart from subscribing to the usual clicktivism bullshit and writing a somewhat informative Facebook status every once in a while urging my more ignorant friends to educate themselves, what was I doing? I was still spending reckless amounts of money on alcohol, on donuts, on a new pair of overalls because it’s summer now and apparently they’re trendy as fuq, on coca cola and overseas flights. I was still spending stupid amounts of time working on building my own career, window shopping and shooting the shit with people in club toilet queues that were neither stimulating or intelligible.
Then I started to think about travel, because of course the scraps that I had managed to collect in my savings account was purely for the purpose of serving and decorating my own existence in a developed nation I just happened to be born into. How could I comfortably spend this money on flights and alcohol and accommodation and skydives and boat trips and museums and bike tours? Somewhere in the world there were millions of little hollow-cheeked boys and girls, born into a society they didn’t choose, with arms outstretched begging for food and shelter… those same things I had and was planning to fly away from to indulge in elsewhere.
I sunk into a pit of guilt and found myself caught in a never-ending ethical dilemma.
“Many countries will not survive without tourism. You
are actually supporting the country by travelling there…”
But shouldn’t we try to solve that systemic issue, so these countries can thrive without drunk, ignorant westerners?
SINGAPORE: Flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has banned all passengers on their flights from carrying on board and checking in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone with effect from 12am on Sunday (Oct 16).
According to a Facebook post by SIA on Saturday, the decision was made after the US Department of Transportation banned the device on aircraft in the US under an emergency order.
Qantas and its budget carrier Jetstar on Saturday also announced they will ban the device from all of their flights, effective 12.01am Sunday. The restriction is a broadened ban from a previous policy which allowed passengers to bring the Note 7 on board, as long as the phone was turned off.
“(The ban) is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas,” a Qantas and Jetstar statement said.
Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia have also issued similar announcements.
Some SIA customers also expressed concern on the airline’s Facebook page that they were overseas and would not be able to return home with their Note 7 phones, which can be returned to Samsung for a refund.
SIA replied to one such query by saying: “In the interest of safety, we regret that we are not able to accept the Note 7 on board our flights. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and seek your understanding on this matter.”
Other customers asked if they could place their Note 7 phones in a fire-proof bag or remove the battery before boarding.
But SIA said that it will be enforcing a complete ban, which means that no component of the phone will be allowed on flights.
On a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on its website, Samsung said any Galaxy Note 7 owners planning to travel out of Singapore by flight soon may obtain a courtesy loan device from the following locations:
Singaporeans who own the Note 7 and is based overseas or travelling can contact Samsung’s customer service centre for assistance at +65 6415 0800.
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Australia is using the Paris climate agreement as an excuse to justify a new coal mine.
"Surely the government will make other cuts to cancel out the enormous emissions from this coal" is an absurd argument, given that in fact the Australian government is doing everything possible to keep emissions high.
The officials' strings are surely being pulled by the coal company's money, as part of a global plan to reject necessary cuts even though that is likely to kill billions. That the killing is not their goal, merely a byproduct, is no excuse for it.
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Incent attracted more than 1000 Bitcoins from investors in its first week of fundraising, enough to allow the project to get to market. The opening days of the crowdfund attracted 800 bitcoins and over 600,000 Waves tokens, a total of more than $600,000.
Incent have a target of $1 million but the money already collected is enough to complete development and Incent are now busy partnering with merchants ahead of launch next year.
BitScan, the crypto business behind the project has already created a proof-of-concept wallet that will allow businesses to issue Incent, a universal token of reward that acts as a form of smart cash-back. Merchants will be able to easily configure the amount of reward they issue to customers to suit their own margins. The token is designed to appreciate in value as more merchants adopt it, benefiting businesses and consumers alike.
The money invested to date is enough to complete development and integrate Incent into the first merchants’ point-of-sale systems.
‘Retailers recognize that current loyalty systems are overpriced and under-performing and are looking for something new’ Rob WIlson, CEO, Incent
Businesses on board
Incent is now growing its network of merchants who wish to adopt Incent rewards when the product launches early next year. During the opening days of the crowdfund two businesses came on board. The first is a bricks-and-mortar establishment: the Temperance Society bar in Sydney, where BitScan is based. The second is Sure Green – a UK-based landscaping wholesaler and Incent’s first e-commerce client.
‘What’s great about these two, apart from the fact that they represent such different sectors, is that they see value in Incent for different reasons. As an e-commerce trader, Sure Green sells through Amazon and eBay, but is hit with a high commission fee. Their CEO is happy to pay that in loyalty points to get people to shop through his own site. The Temperance Society bar, meanwhile, is a local business and social hub, and sees huge value in fostering that vibrant local economy.’ Rob Wilson, CEO, Incent
Incent announced today the addition of two more Australian businesses, furniture retailer Cofint, based in the Northern Territories and Software company Practice Manager 24/7 operating out of New South Wales.
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