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The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses
May 21, 2013
By Gaye Levy
Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.
For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life.
There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TEA TREE OIL
It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.
Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the un-extracted plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity, he found that tea tree oil was 11 times more active than......
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CHANTELLE M. DEREZ, KEVIN ARBUCKLE, ZHIQIANG RUAN, BING XIE, YU HUANG, LAUREN DIBBEN, QIONG SHI, FREEK J. VONK, BRYAN G. FRY
Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50100cm) black and white burrowing elapids with a highly specialised diet of blindsnakes (Typhlopidae). There are currently 5 recognized species in the genus, all located in Australia, with Vermicella annulata the most encountered species with the largest distribution.
Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the existence of a new species, which we describe as Vermicella parscauda sp. nov.
Mitochondrial DNA analysis (16S and ND4) and external morphological characteristics indicate that the closest relatives of the new species are not V. annulata, which also occurs on Cape York, but rather species from Western Australia and the Northern Territory (V. intermedia and V. multifasciata) which, like V. parscauda, occupy monsoon habitats.
Internasal scales are present in V. parscauda sp. nov., similar to V. annulata, but V. intermedia and V. multifasciata do not have nasal scales. V. parscauda sp. nov. has 5594 black dorsal bands and mottled or black ventral scales terminating approximately 2/3rds of the body into formed black rings, suggesting that hyper-banding is a characteristic of the tropical monsoon snakes (V. intermedia, V. multifasciata and V. parscauda). The confined locality, potential habitat disruption due to mining activities, and scarcity of specimens indicates an urgent conservation concern for this specie...
In a John Pilger Special, to be exclusively broadcast by RT on Saturday courtesy of Dartmouth Films, whistleblower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government. "The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That's false - we can say that the Russian government is not the source," Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. Assange, who spoke with Pilger at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been for four years, also accused the US presidential candidate of being a pawn of behind-the-scenes interests, and voiced doubts about her physical fitness to take charge of the White House. "Hillary Clinton is just one person. I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person, because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick - for example faint - as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions. But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states."
Tim Bickmore No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia. 16 July 18 When I was speaking to Adi Paterson, whos the CEO of ANSTO, I said, I dont really favour the intermediate-level waste coming here, because I worry about it becoming stranded waste if the political landscape changes.
He said: Why wouldnt you want the intermediate-level waste? Without it, theres no real economic benefit for the community. So the CEO of ANSTO is telling me that, without the intermediate-level wasteand this will in the long run just be a low-level waste facilitytheres no economic benefit. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/
Since my previous submission I have been trying to gain more information from CSIRO about the Waste and Storage Facility at Woomera. I have also asked them for their expert opinion on aspects of the facility using their international experience in Nuclear Facilities and processes. I have had direct contact with a Senior Principle Research Scientist at CSIRO who had previously presented to us when our Agricultural group went on a tour to ANSTO. During this Ag trip he told me that he would try and get me a tour of Woomera, since returning despite his efforts he was unable to gain access to the Woomera facility. He had been very forthcoming with his expert opinion and information until I was using the information he had giving me to question certain issues with the Department.
I have now been advised that if I want further information from CSIRO I will need to go directly to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science or via the Kimba Consultative Committee. It seems that the only expert opinions we are allowed to have are those who read off the Department script.
I would like to take this opportunity to recall a conversation I had with Bruce Wilson on this same Ag trip where he assured us that the Kimba Consultative Committee would be made up of people with equal numbers for and against the facility. After my recent conversations with CSIRO I am concerned that the international models which this...
If there is one bird that epitomises our garden its the New Holland Honeyeater.
This noisy, bold and aggressive honeyeater can be found year-round dominating the foliage in search of insects and nectar. Ive even see it attempt to chase off Red Wattlebirds no mean feat.
Typical views of this bird will be familiar to readers of the blog this set of images capture some different perspectives.
Twenty-one refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 15 July (photo of some of the refugees and their friends at Nauru airport is attached) . The group comprised mostly single Afghan men, but also included one Rohingyan, one single Iranian woman, and a Tamil family. The single Iranian woman was the first Iranian(...)
Tim Bickmore No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia So, it would seem that apart from dump promotions the HCDB has no other purpose.
the firm was bought out by Californian contracting giant Jacobs. The government continues to award contracts to Jacobs on defence-related projects.
Australia handed out millions in aid contracts to company accused of bribery, Guardian , Sinclair Knight 15July18Merz, a donor to both Labor and Liberal parties, won contracts worth $489m for Asia-Pacific projects.
The Australian government awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid contracts to a company that was found to have been systematically bribing high-level Vietnamese officials.
Australian consulting firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), a donor to both the Labor and Liberal parties, was a significant corporate player in the governments foreign aid program for more than a decade, winning 83 contracts worth $489m for projects across the Asia-Pacific.
But Guardian Australia can reveal evidence of widespread corruption by the firm as it operated in one south-east Asian nation and allegations over dealings in another.
In Vietnam, the firm was found to have repeatedly bribed public officials to secure work on three aid projects funded by the World Bank.
[The firm used] comparably sophisticated means of affecting and covering up the illegitimate payments through the use of third-party agreements, ghost contracts, and fake invoices, the World Banks independent integrity arm alleged, according to a sanctions decision.
Different SKM subsidia...
Lawmaker says he cant get info on waste plan https://www.abqjournal.com/1195897/legislator-citizens-deserve-to-have-answers-about-nuclear-facility.html, By Maddy Hayden / Journal Staff Writer July 12th Albuquerque Journal
A legislator says he isnt getting any answers out of the administrat...
New figures released by energy analytics firm EnAppSys show renewables have already overtaken nuclear for electricity generation. Wind, solar and biomass power stations supplied 28.1% of power across April, May and June, with nuclear at 22.5%, the third quarter in a row that renewables have outstripped nuclear.
Trump Low Expectations For Putin Summit; Calls EU Foe; Head Of EU Council Tweets That US And EU Are Best Friends And Whoever Says Otherwise Is Spreading Fake News Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"
Trump maternal island in the UK. Why didnt the UK keep him? Or, his paternal home of Germany? If in 2004 the Bush administration worked with Canada and France to kidnap and deport the legitimate, democratically elected, President of Haiti Jean Bertrand Aristide, and take him to a foreign country, across the Atlantic, then 
Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Whatever NuScale is, or is not, it clearly isnt new. The Bible must have foreseen the nuclear industry when it said that there was no new thing under the sun. While there might be something new about it, certainly its scale is not. And, it seems mostly a remake of
The worlds biggest battery, a ground-breaking greenhouse project to grow tomatoes in the desert and a solar schools challenge in Western Australia are among the finalists announced in the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards.
Renault makes electric Zoe available to individual consumers in Australia after modest sales to fleet owners.
After a record 2017, there is now more than 1900MW of solar PV farms under construction across Australia, and 35GW in various stages of development.
ACCC report identifies too little competition in market, but chooses to leave status quo in place. That wont help energy prices.
Development approval given for 300MW solar farm near Gladstone, yet another sign of transformation of the states coal industry centre.
Australians are being warned to consider potential privacy issues with the new digital My Health Record system as the three-month opt-out period for the scheme begins. Peoples medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff. The records will ...
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The attached Draft Agenda for the 34th Narrabri Gasfield Project Community Consultative Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 are provided below for the information of the community.
The state government have developed CCC guidelines which can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;
Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.
34th CCC Meeting Agenda 2018 July Meeting Agenda_Draft.pdf
Queensland has the historic opportunity to bring its woefully outdated abortion laws into the 21st Century with the Queensland Premier today proposing welcome new laws to remove abortion from the criminal code.
Adrianne Walters, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, congratulated the Palaszczuk Government and said now was the time for all political parties to work together to ensure every person has the right to decide what happens to their bodies and lives.
The values of 1899 should not limit a womans right to access the healthcare they need in 2018. The Queensland Parliament is being handed a historic opportunity to finally bring the states abortion laws into line with contemporary medical standards, modern community values and common sense.
This is a once in a century opportunity that must be seized by the Queensland Parliament, said Ms Walters.
The Premiers announcement comes after the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviewed the states abortion laws and recommended removing abortion from Queenslands 1899 Criminal Code.
Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people support a woman having the right to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional. The draft laws would give women this right up to 22 weeks pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors would need to agree that an abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.
"The overwhelming majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for the Queensland Parliament to listen and respect the right of every person to decide what is right for their body and life," said Ms Walters.
Queensland is one of four states in Australia that still criminalises abortion in a range of circumstances, despite overwhelming evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.
"Its absolutely shameful that in 2018, a woman and her doctor can still be imprisoned for seeking a safe medical procedure. Criminalising abortion just causes confusion and fear. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. The law should support all people to make the best possible medical decision for their health," said Ms Walters.
The proposed new laws would also impose an obligation on doctors who conscientiously object to abortion to refer patients to doctors without such an objection, and create safe access zones to protect women from intimidation and abuse outside abortion clinics.
"No one should have to jump through hoops or run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see a doctor that can help them. Queensland must ensure that all people can access non-judgmental health services privately a...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory and ACT may soon have control over their euthanasia laws, after a motion was recently introduced in the Federal Senate. The motion, brought by Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, would see territory governments free to legislate on euthanasia, rather than being vetoed by the Federal government.
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On 4th of March 2018 former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered on a park bench in Salisbury England in a distressed state. They were treated by passers-by, including a doctor, before being taken to Salisbury General Hospital.
The hospital initially treated the Skripals for a suspected drug overdose as the symptoms they exhibited were consistent with poisoning by fentanyl, a substance 10 times stronger than heroin, and with which the hospital had prior experience. The hospitals initial diagnosis was confirmed in an article that appeared in the Clinical Services Journal on 27 April 2018. After the journals online article was publicized on social media, references to fentanyl were changed to a substance.
It was not the first or last time that the official story about what happened to the Skripals was changed.
Three days after the Skripals were found, the British government issued a D Notice. The Notice, officially a request but in effect a demand, forbade mention of Mr Skripals friend Pablo Miller. Why publicity about Mr Miller was to be suppressed is one of the features of this case, and apart from the initial report in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, which led to the D Notice, he has not been referred to again in the mainstream media.
On 12 March 2018 the British Prime Minister Theresa May made her first statement to the House of Commons in which she alleged that the Skripals had been poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, and that it was highly likely Russia was responsible.
The British government subsequently circulated a memorandum and power point presentation to 80 embassies setting out the argument that Russia was responsible for what happened to the Skripals, and seeking support for their intention to expel Russian diplomats as a punishment. The various allegations made in the PowerPoint presentation were at best contentious and some were demonstrably untrue. It is suffice for present purposes however to focus only on the claims of alleged Russian responsibility for the Skripal attacks.
A number of countries, including Australia, acceeded to the British demand and expelled diplomats. The statement made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing that two Russian diplomats would be expelled made no attempt to establish the truth of the matter or...
The FOBIF Annual General Meeting will be held this year on Monday August 27 at 7.30 pm. More details about the location, program and guest speaker are forthcoming.
Do you want to play a role on the FOBIF committee? Or nominate someone else to the committee? All thats needed is a piece of paper signed by the nominee, a nominator and a seconderall FOBIF members. Theres no need of an official form, but for convenience, heres a sample:
for the position of____________________________
I accept the above nomination
Positions on the committee are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two ordinary members. Nominations should be in before the meeting.
Published on Jun 19, 2018
Who are the Deep State and are they really hiding ancient beings in Antarctica? Join Ben N Rob as we present our 3rd and final interview with Dr. Michael Salla at Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, as we talk about the Deep State, who is Qanon and is he more than just a man behind a computer?
Dr. Michael Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution and US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books. He has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts.
Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lamas 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba. The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lamas birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet. There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal. The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been embraced with warmth and love.
A large group rocked up to FOBIFs July walk on Sunday, led by Damian Kelly, author of the recently published Castlemaine Bird Walks. The walk covered a section of the north eastern corner of the Maldon Historic area. The weather was fine and cool, and the birds discreetbut they were there to see: the best list for the group was 38 species, and the prize sighting was some nest building babblers.
An interesting feature of this walk, between Muckleford station and the Smiths Reef dam, was the contrast between the quite spindly tree cover in the Historic area and the fine, very old eucalypts on some of the surrounding farmland: a haunting sign of the rashness of past forest management practices. The photos give an idea:
I feel more at home reading about the quintessential British experience than in books by writers of colour. Perhaps this is, in part, because of the continuing influence of the British Empire. I am Sri Lankan and, in Sri Lanka, the roots of colonialism run deep, so much so that those roots are still very visible in the education system.
Would you like to come on a tour of the station at 21 Smith Street, Fitzroy? 3CR is part of this year's Open House Melbourne on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. We're throwing open our doors to the public, so make sure you secure a ticket online now. Come and see programming in action, jump behind the mic and meet some of our volunteers.
The winter Downunder has already been the coldest in 26 years. Temperatures plummeted on the East Coast at Marangaroo to a low of -11.1C. It is amazing that the amount of money on the table to justify global warming which is all about raising taxes for carbon emissions is placing us at a greater risk for it is distracting everyone from the real threat global cooling. Meanwhile, ski fans are rejoicing calling it an Epic Winter in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, between volcanoes erupting in the Pacific, extreme cold in the southern hemisphere, we also have Typhoon Prapiroon which has devasted Japan, which is more prepared for earthquakes than typhoons. Most people do not know in the West why they even call pilots during World War II a Kamikaze pilot. The word Kamikaze really means Divine Wind and it was the attempt by the Mongold to invaded Japan TWICE when a typhoon destroyed their fleets. It was then said that Japan was protected by the Divine Wind and that is why the pilots were named Kamikaze. Right now, the typhoons are hitting Japan killing at what may be more than 200 people while forcing millions to evacuate. This has been the WORST disaster from a typhoon is 36 years.
The numbers that turned out to protest Donald Trumps visit to England on 13 July were well above all expectations. Up to 250,000 took part in the biggest turnout in memory.
LONDON, WE SALUTE YOU!!!
Posted by Woke Folks on Friday, July 13, 2018
The BBC does not put the numbers as high, but nevertheless admits the turnout is huge.
So does much of the4 American media
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This man is disgraceful - how can a great country like Australia have a grub like Morrison as its person of the year? Please take a moment to watch this excellent report from Channel 7's Today Tonight program. The National Australia Day Council is responsible for the Australian of the...
AFTINET has previously reported on decisions in 2017 and 2018 by the European Court of Justice which found that foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals (ISDS) was incompatible with national sovereignty and EU law. This means the European Parliament cannot decided to ratify agreements containing ISDS, and that each national government has to vote on ratification of agreements if they contain ISDS. These decisions followed strong European public opposition to ISDS.
Since these decisions, fearing that national parliaments will oppose ISDS, the EU has decided not to include ISDS in its recently-begun negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.
The CETA between Canada and the EU was finalised in 2016, before the European Court decisions, and included ISDS, but had not been ratified. In order to attempt to prevent rejection of the whole agreement by national parliaments, the European Council took a decision to apply the non-ISDS parts of the agreement provisionally from September 21, 2017. Canada has also agreed to this arrangement. This means that tariff reductions and other chapters of the agreement have been applied from that date. However, all EU national parliaments must ratify the whole agreement, including ISDS, before CETA with can be formally concluded by the European Council.
According to the official EU website, as of 20 June 2018, only 10 of the 27 EU states had ratified CETA with ISDS, and the Italian government has recently announced that its majority in the Parliament will oppose ratification.
If any states fail to ratify, only the non-ISDS parts of the agreement will continue to apply on a provisional basis. This is yet another demonstration of the growing opposition to ISDS in trade agreements.
It has been reported that last week, handgun permit holder John Edwards shot dead his two teenage children at West Pennant Hills in North-Western Sydney, and later took his own life, because he was denied contact in a child custody battle. Its yet another family violence tragedy to hit the media headlines with faces,
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Updated, Monday July 16: A truck driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle left Bangalow Road and plunged cabin-first into the Wilsons River in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday evening (July 14).
Chief Inspector Bobbie Cullen from Tweed-Byron police told Echonetdaily the truck left the roadway and ploughed through a barbed wire fence before hitting a tree and then plunging into the river.
VRA and NSW Fire & Rescue attended the crash, which happened soon after 7pm.
There was a 3.5 tonne bobcat on the truck, which lurched forward and trapped the driver in the cabin, Ch Ins Cullen said, adding however that he was extracted safely from the crash still conscious, soon after.
An Echonetdaily reader who passed the site of the accident said that mans dog was not so lucky and died in the crash.
The driver was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital, where his condition is reported to be stable with no life-threatening injuries.
He will be interviewed by police when he is discharged from hospital.
Original report: A truck accident near Booyong Road on Bangalow Road has stopped traffic in both directions.
The Transport Management Centre reports the accident occurred just after 7pm Saturday evening (July 14).
Between 7 and 8pm a number of emergency vehicles were heard travelling along Bangalow Road.
Motorists are being advised to use the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway as an alternative route.
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The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisherthe maniacal goal of the U.S. governmentwould set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trumps Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.
There are growing signs that the Ecuadorean government of Lenn Moreno is preparing to evict Assange and turn him over to British police. Moreno and his foreign minister, Jos Valencia, have confirmed they are in negotiations with the British government to resolve the fate of Assange. Moreno, who will visit Britain in a few weeks, calls Assange an inherited problem and a stone in the shoe and has referred to him as a hacker. It appears that under a Moreno government Assange is no longer welcome in Ecuador. His only hope now is safe passage to his native Australia or another country willing to give him asylum.
Ecuador has been looking for a solution to this problem, Valencia commented on television. The refuge is not forever, you cannot expect it to last for years without us reviewing this situation, including because this violates the rights of the refugee.
Morenos predecessor as president, Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in the embassy and made him an Ecuadorean citizen last year, warned that Assanges days were numbered. He charged that Morenowho cut off Assanges communications the day after Moreno welcomed a delegation from the U.S. Southern Commandwould throw him out of the embassy at the first pressure from the United States.
Assange, who reportedly is in ill health, took asylum in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sexual offense charges. He feared that once in Swedish custody for these charges, which he said were false, he would be extradited to the United States. The Swedish prosecutors offi...
The month is barely half-way done and already there have been two major clean-ups of plastic residue on Byrons beaches.
The first event on July 9, hosted by North East Waste and local community group Positive Change for Marine Life featured a Pick it up and Bin it clean-up in busy Apex Park.
In less than an hour the volunteers collected around 15 litres of mostly small plastic based items including more than 160 cigarette butts!
People often dont realise cigarette butts are made of plastic.
North East Waste litter project coordinator Karen Rudkin said it was a very busy time at the popular foreshore park and the clean-up really gave maximum exposure to the litter issue. We engaged locals and visitors alike in taking responsibility for litter, whether their own or littered by others, to help reduce the negative impact it has on our precious coastal environment.
Its Plastic Free July so the perfect time to make the switch from those single use plastic items and help put a stop to the damage that land based litter is causing to our ocean both here at home and across the world Karen said.
On Saturday (July 14) Positive Change for Marine turned their attention to Torakina Park Brunswick Heads.
They were joined by local group Mullum Cares, who are running their own Plastic Free July campaign Bunting Love to encourage paper and fabric buntings as an alternative to balloons.
Years ago, I remember hearing Nicole Foss saying that those Chinese ghost towns we have all heard about were never built to last; they were built to be finished so the builders could get paid by the government, and to hell with durability
Well you would not believe how bad it actually is and to think that China consumed more cement over a recent three year period than the US consumed during the entire 20th century, for results like this, is simply appalling. and its fast looking like it was all wasted.
Australias economy utterly relies on Chinas, and Chinas is not looking too good now, especially after you watch the video below. Nicole wrote this way back in 2011..:
Vulnerable Commodity Exporters
Commodity exporting nations, which were insulated from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis by virtue of their ability to export into a huge commodity boom, are indeed feeling the impact of the trend change in commodity prices. All are uniquely vulnerable now. Not only are their export earnings falling and their currencies weakening substantially, but they and their industries had typically invested heavily in their own productive capacity, often with borrowed money. These leveraged investments now represent...
Here's their logo: Apparently it's the Sudanese way to gang up when you want to have a go at someone. Here's the video - thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip!
The surprising thing about financial crises is that they come as a surprise.
Both the stock market and the bond market are supposed to be forecasting mechanisms. They discount the future meaning they figure out how much something is worth by estimating its future returns.
If this is the basis of value in the markets, then how do crashes happen?
Why dont the markets see them coming?
Or, more precisely, how do markets get things wrong enough for crashes to happen?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has several excellent answers. In his book Skin in the Game, he explains one way incentives can deliver a crash in a rational, predictable way:
Whenever there is a mismatch between a bonus period (yearly) and the statistical occurrence of a blowup (every, say, ten years) the agent has an incentive to play the risk-transfer game. Given the number of people trying to get on the money-making bus, there is a progressive accumulation of Black Swan risks in such systems. Then, boom, the systemic blowup happens.
The technique to becoming rich quickly in financial markets is to transfer risk from today into the future and then leave before the future and its reckoning arrives. In its simplest form, this could be making a loan to someone who you know cant afford it but that probably wont default within the next five years.
Usually, the aim of the game is to leave for a different bank before the gig is up.
Or, sometimes, you go into government service. Then you can get lauded for your selfless public service, which consists of cleaning up the mess you created in the financial system. After all, you do have a credible claim on being an expert in the particular asset class that created the crisis.
Funnily enough, people wonder why there was such a lack of accountability after the crash of 2008. Barely anyone got arrested because those working in the public sector and doing the arresting were the ones who shouldve been arrested for their past activities in the finance sector.
The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) helped Greece hide its debts to get into the EU while working for a bank, and then cleaned up the mess with emergency lending from the ECB.
The former chief of Australias financial regulator ASIC securitised mortgages for a French bank that got into trouble in 2008 largely because it held those assets, which many Australian institutions invested in too.
The former head of Bear Stearns is running Donald Trumps trade war at the Treasury. And the US bailouts of 2008 and 2009 were run by former investment bank CEOs at the Treasury too.
The good news for those looking to cre...
Former Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was quoted as saying
during the 1979 Austrian election campaign that: I am less worried
about the budget deficits than by the need for the state to create
jobs where private industry fails. That is the statement of a
social democrat. That is a progressive Left view. In June 1982,
with French unemployment at 7.2 per cent (having risen from 2.4 per
cent in 1974 after a near decade of austerity under the right-wing
Prime Minister Raymond Barre), the French Minister of Economy and
Finance cut 30 billion francs from government spending so that the
fiscal deficit would remain below 3 per cent. In March 1983, the
same Minister pressured his colleagues including President Franois
Mitterrand, into imposing a further bout of austerity, cutting
another 24 billion francs and increasing taxes by 40 billion
francs. These were very deep cuts. The austerity under the
so-called Barre Plan had failed to reduce inflation. When the turn
to austerity was repeated under Mitterands so-called Socialist
government, France was already in a deep recession. Under the
Socialist austerity period unemployment rose sharply to further to
9.3 per cent by 1987. By then the architect of that austerity, one
Jacques Delors, was European Commission President and starting work
on his next exercise in neoliberal carnage the Eurozone. None of
his behaviour during that period remotely signals a position we
could call progressive or Left. Like his austerity turn (tournant
de la rigeur), Delors had turned into just another neoliberal
obsessed with fiscal surpluses, free markets (he oversaw the 1987
Single European Act), and privatisation (which he claimed was
necessary to attract foreign direct investment) (Source).
This is Part 1 of a two-part series on the abdication of the Left,
which some still choose to deny.
Sometimes one reads a piece of writing that stands out for its insightfulness, learnedness, and inspiration. In other cases, its denial, self-promotion and sheer stupidity that comes across.
I am writing today about an article in the second category and it is no surprise that it comes from a self-proclaimed Europhile progressive who has a novel interpretation of history and of what constitutes Left thinking.
I am referring to the recent article in Social Europe (July 11, 2018) by Stuart Holland Not An Abdication By The Left which is really an attack on other progressive thinkers who have advanced the conjecture that there has been an intellectual abdication by the Left.
Holland says this is entirely wrong.
The conjecture that is.
That's Sky News (possibly former) sports guy Greg Thomson proving the wisdom of the Confucian saying "If you drink and mike you're a bloody idiot". Mr Thomson must have tied a ripper on - he was hosting a lunchtime event. The unfortunate organisation on whose behalf Thomson was MCing was...
Photos by Jeff Dawson
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Back to Brunswick Hot Rod Run, in memory of Pete Chapouris.
This year, Petes son, Pete Chapouris IV was a special guest.
Last weekends event featured daily lunchtime cruises on Friday and Saturday followed by the annual Show & Shine- complete with trophy presentation in the park opposite Hotel Brunswick on Sunday (15 July).
Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers in New South Wales is relatively widespread and taking a toll on their psychological wellbeing, according to new research. Of the just-over 1000 LGBTIQ teachers who participated in the study conducted by Western Sydney University and the NSW Teachers Federation trade union, 42 per cent of them reported experiences of ...
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On the subject of old trees, and the lack of them, its worth drawing attention to a recent article in the Conversation website on their value:
In urban landscapes, many consider large and old eucalypts a dangerous nuisance that drop limbs, crack footpaths and occupy space that could be used for housing. But when we remove these trees they are effectively lost forever. It takes at least 100-200 years before a eucalypt reaches ecological maturity.
As trees mature, their branches become large and begin to grow horizontally rather than vertically, which is more attractive to many birds as perches and platforms where they can construct a nest.
Wildlife also use cavities inside ageing eucalypts. These are formed as the heartwood the dead wood in the centre decays. When a limb breaks it exposes cavities where the heartwood once occurred.
This is such a ubiquitous process in our forests that around 300 of Australias vertebrate species, such as possums, owls, ducks, parrots and bats, have evolved to use these cavities as exclusive places to roost or nest.
Mature trees also support high concentrations of food for animals that feed on nectar, such as honeyeaters, or seed, such as parrots.
One study found that the number of native birds in an urban park o...
Sculpture is taking root in Mullumbimby with the $30,000 Spirit of Chincogan commission currently seeking submissions and the inaugural Ingenuity Community Sculpture Festival set to take place during the Mullum Music Festival later in the year.
Both the Spirit of Chincogan and the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival are currently open for artists in the Northern Rivers to submit ideas to exhibit. Supporting the requests for submissions of public art the Byron Community College is running a course on Producing Public Art in Byron on July 21 and 28.
This is an opportunity for artists who are wishing to hone their skills for producing art in public places, said Suvira McDonald from Creative Mullum who are coordinating both the Spirit of Chincogan commission and sculpture walk.
The course will equip aspiring public artists to prepare submissions for future projects in the Shire, said Suvira.
The Spirit of Chincogan sculpture is being funded by Creative Mullum and the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and they are looking for a sculpture that explores the histories and mythical interpretations of Mullumbimbys landmark formation, Chincogan.
With rumours that Chincogan represents mens genitalia to it being the vantage spot that was used to sight approaching supply ships as they entered the Brunswick River you can find out more about this local landmark online at the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk website. Expressions of interest (EoI) for the sculptural piece can be submitted up until July 31 online. Three to five concepts will be shortlisted and have $500 to...
Great to see Bulwai Tours finally gaining ground after all the setbacks. Well done Willie and the boys ! http://bulwaicollective.org/kuranda-davies-creek-cultural-tours/
by Mary W Maxwell
In a stunning flash of poultry insight, Gumshoe editor Dee McLachlan concocted the above photo. I think we should take the day off from writing articles and let that picture sink in.
Please comment along the lines of what can be done about the fact that our MPs dont work for us. A friend of mine showed me a list of 24 MPs to whom she recently sent notice of an urgent national matter, yet got no replies. (Compare Mal Return-to-Sender Hughes. He received at least an occasional reply in past years.)
It is an untenable situation. Please be as creative as you wish. Show that Gumshoers arent about to chicken out.
If you are interested in dressing up and riding an inappropriate bike sideways around a dirt track, then you should get in quick and grab your tickets for the seventh Ellaspede Dust Hustle at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway, Brisbane, on 1 September 2018.
Tickets for the fun event go on sale online tomorrow (July 18) from 6pm for riders.
Cost is $95 and only 140 tickets are available.
Ellaspede spokesman Hughan Seary says rider tickets last year sold out in under 30 minutes.
So were hoping to go faster this time around, he says.
As the video shows, its a fun amateur event.
Hughan calls it Australias biggest inappropriate dirt day.
This year were building on the successful format from last year as we think it worked really well.
The event is held at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway in north Brisbane on 1 September 2018....
Drysdale Soccer Club has nominated not one, but two, of its stalwarts for the prestigious Viva Energy Club Legend award.
Drysdale Soccer Club has put two names forward Nicole Carter and Andrew Shears.
Nicole Carter has been the clubs secretary for two years and before that was a general committee member.
Nicole has also performed other roles amongst the community including being on the GRFC womens task force and also piloted the Female Friendly Clubs program working with FFV.
Nicole has been the clubs Division 1 captain for the past two years and was a runaway best and fairest last season.
Nicole played a major role in helping the club get new facilities in Drysdale itself after years of being football nomads. Sponsorship numbers have increased tenfold since Nicole came on board.
Andrew Shears has been involved with Drysdale Soccer Club for four years.
Shearsy looks after more than 260 players each year as the clubs registrar and is team manager for the two womens teams.
Andrew is the friendly guy who is always about the club and will have a chat with anyone. He makes everyone feel welcome and included and is huge ambassador for womens soccer in the Geelong region, always looking for opportunities to promote the game at a local level through media articles he writes and connections he has made in the game.
A perfect example of Andrews thoughtfulness is when he brought oranges to a womens game. One player had a skin condition on her hands, and Andrew knew this beforehand and had cut up oranges on toothpicks for that one player so she didnt miss out.
Nicole and Andrew will vie for $5000 each for themselves and Drysdale Soccer Club in Viva Energys 2018 Club Legend Award, which has a total prize pool of $50,000 for local clubs and their volunteers.
Go to clublegend.com.au/nominate/ to nominate your club legend.
From The Australian And here is the tally of crimes committed - according to Melbourne's leading South Sudanese figure - by the media and the owners of trashed houses.
SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.
Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.
Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.
The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.
Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.
Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.
The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.
While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.
Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.
Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.
Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.
Two birds seen foraging together with zebra finches.
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 July), two thousand people came to a public meeting organised by the Friends of the ABC at Melbourne Town Hall. They came to voice their opposition to the defunding of the public broadcaster and the threat of its privatisation.
The level of passion that compelled so many to take part, is best summed up in a series of polls over the last few years, which show the public broadcaster is trusted more than any other institution in Australia. The ABC is trusted far more than any other media (80 percent), and its services to the community are valued (80 percent again).
The meeting was chaired by Professor Peter Greste, whose freedom from Egyptian detention for reporting on events there, was won through an international campaign. A range of celebrities spoke to the audience, in person, or through video or written message. The Greens and Labor expressed support and objectives of the Friends of the ABC.
While many do have their criticisms of the ABC, few would deny that it at least does provide some capacity for other points of view, plays a keys role in the promotion of Australian culture and the training of talent, and its role in providing communications and information in times of great need.
These are precisely the reasons why there are those who have taken on the mission to get rid of it. And the defenders understand this clearly. This was shown at the Town Hall, where special attention was given to the Institute for Public Affairs (API), which has been at the head of the drive against the ABC, to Rupert Murdoch, who seeks to complete his hold over Australian media.
A relentless war is being waged on the back of arguing that government should not be involved in media and that public funding gets in the way of market competition. Neither argument hold water. The control of the government on what the ABC broadcasts is limited. Otherwise governments would have silenced it long ago. Although there ids control over the budget,...
The 10th annual national Motogiro cross-country rally for small-capacity Italian-made bikes and scooters is on this August with a special anniversary dinner and display.
The organisers are Italian bike collectors Pete Morrow and Trevor Fryer who live in South East Queensland and use the beautiful region to stage their annual event.
They started the untimed rally to mirror the similar Moto Duro dItalia.
We just decided to create one here as we didnt have the time and money to go over, Pete says.
We cherry picked our own rules so its Italian bikes only and small capacities with a maximum of 500cc.
The rally bikes are predominantly singles in three categories: Vintage up to 1958, classic up to 68 and modern up to 78. Brands can include Aermacchi, Aprilia, Benelli, Bimota, Cagiva, Ducati, Gilera, Lambretta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, MV Agusta and Vespa.
The primary aim is to get them out of the sheds and being used, Peter says.
A lot are more than 45 years old now and chances are you wont get another chance to see them out on the road.
While most of the bikes are worth in the $20,000s, they have attracted some rare bikes in past years such as an Aermacchi Ala dOra road bike and a Gilera Saturno race bike worth up to $40,000.
LOS ANGELES, RAW In Sacha Baron Cohens provocative new comedy show, American politicians are filmed backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.
In a seven-episode series launching on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, the British prankster takes on four different personas as he satirises the political and cultural life of the United States in the era of President Donald Trump.
In the first episode of Who is America?, previewed for media by Showtime, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two US congressmen to voice support for his fake Kinderguardians scheme for children as young as three.
The scheme includes a fake instructional video featuring childrens songs and gunimals weapons adorned with soft toys that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued the US for the past decade.
Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.
Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment late on Saturday.
Walsh told CNN on Saturday that he was tricked into reading the words off a teleprompter.
Ill probably laugh at myself when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. Hes a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.
The show marks Baron Cohens first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G., whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.
His 2006 faux documentary film Borat ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.
In Who is America?, Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.
Who is America will air on Stan in Australia...
The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved or condoned by the local authorities. (Source)
The people of Australia are being denied by law one of the most important inalienable rights of human existence, the ability to choose how to take care of ones children and their bodies, plus the exercise of their basic human right to freedom of choice in healthcare invoking the heretofore scientific-acknowledgement to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete, such as the risks of nano technology, genetically modified organisms and systemic insecticides , aka the Precautionary Principle, to avoid damage from neurotoxic vaccines. Nano technology and genetically modified organisms are IN vaccines! I hereby challenge Big Pharma and vaccine makers to prove me wrong!
The Australian government seemingly has gone off the rails relative to the punitive measures it has instituted against citizens who elect not to have their children or themsel...
Two men accused of having gay sex have been publicly caned 87 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh. On Friday, Aceh officials staged the public canings of the two men and 13 others in front of a crowd of 300 people who jeered during both of their punishments, CNN reported. Aceh is the ...
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At Melbournes Crown Casino last Thursday night a small not for profit heritage rail operator from Byron Bay took the Rail Sustainability Award at the Australasian Rail Association Awards.
It is fantastic to see the Byron Bay Railroad Company receive this Award for converting a 1949 heritage diesel rail car into the worlds first solar powered conventional train said Danny Broad, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association. This is leading the way in the use of sustainable energy resources in the rail industry.
The solar train project was a collaborative effort delivered in conjunction with Lithgow Railway Workshop, Nickel Energy and ELMOFO. A lot of different people have been involved and it was a hard fought battle said Jeremy Holmes. So its nice to be recognised by the rail industry for what we have achieved in firstly delivering a heritage railway service and secondly showcasing where sustainability can have an impact in the rail industry.
The Byron Bay Train was launched on 16 December 2017 and operates daily services on the 3km coastal track between the North Beach Station at the end of Bayshore Drive in the Byron Arts Estate and the Byron Beach Platform at the Shirley Street level crossing in Byron town centre. The two carriage train seats 92 passengers with room for bicycles, luggage and surfboards. Since commencement not one service has been missed.
We truly are sustainable in that we are generating more energy than we are using said Rail Safety Manager Geoff Clark, who has guided the project for the past five years. We have focused on reuse of old rail assets as opposed to new build. People said it couldnt happen and it wouldnt work. Yet it does. Its quiet, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
This award follows two recent wins at the Good Design Awards held at the Sydney Opera House in May, where Byron Bay Railroad Company was both a Good Design Award Gold Winner in the Product Design category and a Good Design Award Winner in the Engineering category, in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.
For more visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au
For further information including interviews and images please contact Caroline Desmond 0415 499429 firstname.lastname@example.org
A man has been charged with drink driving after allegedly being detected travelling at more than 180km/h near Byron Bay on Sunday (July 15).
About 8.45am, Traffic & Highway Patrol officers were operating a speed radar on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah when they allegedly detected a Honda Civic travelling north at 187km/h in the 100km/h area.
Whilst attempting to catch up to the Honda, officers saw it overtake seven cars and a semi-trailer at an estimated speed of 185km/h.
Officers stopped the Honda near Tandys Lane where the driver and sole occupant, 34-year-old man, was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.
He was arrested and taken Brunswick Heads Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis that allegedly returned a reading of 0.152.
The Queensland man is due to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on Monday August 27 charged with driving recklessly/furiously or at a dangerous speed/manner, high range PCA, and exceed speeding the speed limit more than 45 km/h.
His licence was also suspended.
Duty officer Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe said the message that drink-driving and speeding kills is not getting through.
Its quite simple: people are dying on our roads because of poor decisions made by drivers and riders.
We will continue to take people off the roads who choose to drink and drive, or who cant stay within the speed limit, Det Ins Kehoe said.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to Mount Warning (Wollumbin) on Saturday (July 14) to rescue a 17-year-old male who had got into trouble on the track.
The teen was reported to have been walking with friends and family when the incident occurred.
It marks the second rescue at the mountain in three weeks, after a 14-year-old boy got into trouble and had to be winched to safety on June 26.
The medical team were dropped onto winch point no: 4, which is just below the summit.
The helicopter critical care medical team stabilsed the teen, who they treated for a suspected leg fracture and transported by helicopter to Tweed Hospital.
On Sunday (July 15) the helicopter was called to a rural property near Mongogarie, west of Casino, following reports that a 60-year-old male rider had suffered severe injuries after falling from his horse.
The man was treated for chest and back injuries and transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman believed to have gone missing on the North Coast.
Deborah Cox, aged 59, was last seen by her family about eight months ago when she was living in the Murwillumbah / Cabarita area.
Her family reported her missing to police on Saturday (July 14).
Officers from Tweed / Byron Police District have now commenced inquiries into her disappearance and have concerns for her welfare.
Theyre appealing for public assistance as they attempt to locate her.
Deborah is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 170cm to 175cm tall, with a thin build, brown eyes and short dark/grey hair.
Anyone who sees her or believes they know her whereabouts is urged to contact police.
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As far as the role of the United States in international politics is concerned, Last week finished up on an ominous note And the catalyst was Donald Trumps jaunt abroad, where he gave the one finger salute to just about everyone he came across.
Trump is heading an administration that is preparing for war. There can be no doubt about this now.
In Brussels, He threw a metaphoric hand grenade inWednesdays NATO leaders gathering, where he accused the Europeans of being too soft on Russia. Germany got a special serve, and he had a go at them for having Russian gas pumped in, when they were supposed to be applying sanctions.
Europe was ordered to take on a greater burden for NATO and increase military expenditure, from 2 percent to 4 percent of GDP. He then walked out.
The show of blatant disrespect and bullying cannot be passed off as merely the action of an unstable leader. It has purpose. American ruling circles see that they are preparing for war. What happened at NATO is not a one off. There is a pattern. The walkouts on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Human Rights Council, are part of the same pattern.
This pattern is about the United States striving to re-assert the global political dominance that it has been losing in recent times, and through this, achieve decisive influence over Europe and create an alliance against China and Russia.
One driver is the ongoing weakness of the economy of the United States and the incentive to find new sources of profit. Crucial to this, is to open the European economy to the penetration of American investment and trade. Europe Has been and continues to be the key to global dominance. Pursuing it, inevitably brings about political and diplomatic consequences.
Ambitions are one thing. What happens on the ground is another. Europe is not accepting the role of playing second fiddle. A somewhat fractured European Union finds it difficult to respond decisively and with one voice. Even so, there is considerable resistance to coming under the American wing. Europe faces its own economic and political problems, and its ruling circles seek to re-assert their own sources for new avenues for profit and their political ambitions.
Even during the hugely unpopular Trump visit to the United Kingdom, no time was wasted in creating incidents that showed disdain for protocol aimed at driving home a less...
Sydneys Sunday Telegraph newspaper has been criticised after publishing a transphobic slur in a headline over the weekend. The newspaper was reporting actor Scarlet Johansson withdrawing from the film Rub & Tug, following a backlash against her casting in the role of a transgender man. The Sunday Telegraph published the story in the early edition ...
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Decentralised Capital, an Australian advisory firm specializing in blockchain assets and asset management services, has announced a partnership with Custodian Vaults, an Australian private vaulting company, to offer insured cryptocurrency custody services to the Australasian market.
It has been announced that Decentralised Capital and Custodian Vaults are teaming up to provide insured cryptocurrency custody services in the form of what the companies are describing as Australias first insured cryptocurrency vault
According to According to Australian Fina...
Australia's biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat "bag rage" as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker's throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change. The removal of single-use plastics is part of a national push to reduce waste. As of July 1, major retailers in all but two Australian states will be fined if they supply single-use plastic bags. National supermarket chain Coles, owned by Wesfarmers, on Sunday removed single-use plastic bags from its stores, shortly after rival Woolworths banned the bags on June 20. Consumer complaints forced Woolworths to backflip on charging customers 15 Australian cents (11 U.S. cents) for a reusable plastic bag, with the retailer now offering them free until July 8.
By Catherine J. Frompovich The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved...
The Russians can be proud of hosting one of the most crucial World Cup tournaments in recent memory.
This one is for the record books having seen a number of firsts title holders Germany ousted from the first round for the first time in 80 years; the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), through which many penalties were awarded including in the France-Croatia final; the first own goal in a final game; the fewest red cards since 1970 the list goes on.
And what an exhilarating final France takes the trophy for the second time in 20 years.
In the decades I have avidly watched the World Cup from the time Mario Kempes dazzled on the pitch and helped Argentina win its first trophy in 1978 to Germanys ouster in 2018 the tournament in Russia 2018 has been the most exciting.
And the most revolutionary.
Every thing we knew about international football has been turned upside down.
Germany is no longer the Teutonic terror it once was, striking fear in other teams just by taking to the field. The title holder was ousted in the preliminary stage thanks to some brilliant football from South Korea.
Brazil no longer sambas with brilliant footwork and team precision. In this tournament, Belgium and France did more of that than the now deposed Latin American giants.
And despite all of Maradonas praying for Argentina, that team resembled more a broken and spent race horse in need of retiring to less competitive pastures.
Instead, teams like Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria captured our attention for going up against more experienced teams and holding their own.
Lowest-ranked Russia showed us what spirit against the odds could do. Black horse Belgium sent people back to the drawing board as its neat football had us readjusting our bets. Japan proved there was a new powerhouse in Asia, despite Australias lackluster performance in the early stage.
And, of course, cracking Croatia. With utmost nationalistic pride this team proved why it was the wild card of the tournament reaching all the way to the final game.
VAR catches it
This tournament is revolutionary also because of its application of the video assistant referee (VAR), which depended on 35 field cameras picking up even the slightest infraction betwee...
... The Murder of the Imperial Family by their executioner Yurovsky This chilling translation from the original Russian was written by the man responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family and their retainers in the early hours of the morning of July 17th 1918 at Ekaterinburg, now the site of the golden-domed Church of the Blood and a host city for the World Cup
Whos the real baby here? A monster orange balloon-effigy of Trump as an angry baby in a nappy, complete with blonde comb-over and blue mobile in tiny hand, scares him off London, Friday. Its a brilliantly surreal representation, of the inner Trump which also evokes just how untethered this president is from his administration. Or from reality
The McKinsey firm appears to develop academic theories for banks to use in clinical trials on their customers. Dr Evan Jones reports
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You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Assange could soon be evicted from London
July 14, 2018 | 4:36pm
Source: NY Post | By Mary Kay Linge
Julian Assange | Getty Images
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon be evicted from the London embassy that has sheltered him for the last six years.
Ecuador, which has played host to the political provocateur since 2012, and Britain are in high-level discussions over Assanges fate, the Sunday Times of London reported.
New Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno who has called Assange a stone in the shoe dismisses him as a problem he inherited from his predecessor.
The South American nations former president granted Assange political asylum shortly after the Australian was accused of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.
Assange claimed the charges were part of a U.S. plot to discredit him for WikiLeaks disclosures that embarrassed the Obama administration.
Bur Ecuadors new government, which has cut off his Internet access and banned most visitors, isnt buying the story.
Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the London embassy a fear that may have been heightened by indi...
Just a few things- my 1/2 sister, who I call Chris- is Christina. I DID attack my nephew when I was 13- which I have been quite open about. He was NOT, however, part of the Hester household. Af the time of that attack- I also, directly after, tried to kill myself so at the same time the police came- so did an ambulance. It was determined I was having a psychotic break, which being forced to light a man on fire when I was 10 contributed too, so social workers were ordered into my fathers house. Two months later I tried to kill myself again- believing the only way to prevent me from becoming the AntiChrist was for me to kill myself- so a week after my 14th birthday I was directed to sign myself into Cherokee Mental Health Institute- where I spent 5 months.
But you can see- through this exchange- how sick this IEATBABIES is- and how he constantly just throws shit at the walls- hoping something will stick.
You can also see his claims that he is directly connect to Michael Aquino but then, as they say, birds of a feather flock together.
As this is my second sports-related post in a row, you might be thinking Whats happening with James? Where are the show tunes and theatre reviews youve come to associate with me and this blog? The truth is I dont really have much of a sports gene. As a child I was never naturally gifted in that area. As well
SUBMISSIONS TO SENATE COMMITTEE RE NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP SITE SELECTION
How the submissions scored on the first 6 Terms of Reference...
|NAME and number on the Senate website
|Financial compensation for land was OK||Satisfied about broad community support||Satisfied about indigenous support||Satisfied about community benefit program||Community support should mean local only||Added related matters|
|ANTI NUCLEAR SUBMISSIONS FIRST|
|Ashton 73||No||No||No||No||No||Lack of trust|
|yes||No||No||No||No||Wants wider Inquiry|
from Senator David Leyonhjelm
A number of supporters have contacted me in the last week to clarify what was said in the senate and why in the exchange with Sarah Hanson-Young. You may have heard media discussion, but many media accounts have lied about, misrepresented or distorted what I said.
The purpose of this email is to correct the record and allow you to judge for yourself.
18/06/2018 Senator Hanson-Young appeared on Sunrise following the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon to speak on womens safety. During this interview she said:
I think that women around this country are sick and tired of being made to feel responsible for the fact that men cannot control themselves and deal with their own issues. Its not womens fault that men behave like morons and like pigs.
28/06/2018 Senator Anning introduced a motion in the Senate calling for women to be permitted to...
pedestrian.tv // Queer, Female and Aboriginal: Surviving And Thriving As A Minority: Growing up in regional New South Wales, finding other queer people much less Indigenous queer people felt almost impossible. I didnt look like the stereotype of either community. I have pale skin, blue eyes and brown hair so I definitely didnt look like representations of Aboriginal women I saw in the media. As for the queer community, all I had to look up to was a dancing Ellen DeGeneres on daytime TV. While I loved Ellen, I was again faced with no true representation. I was an outcast in my own community at times those who I had hoped would be educated about Indigenous Australians or queer-identifying people consistently let me down, deepening my feelings of isolation and loneliness.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
On October 6, 2016, The Independent, UK, had this headline:
US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos that tracked location of viewers.
The article, by Feliks Garcia, was about a PR firm in the UK that helped the war effort during the 2003 Iraq war. I will show in a moment that there is good news here for the Boston Marathon non-bomber, Jahar Tsarnaev.
But first, I hope every parent of a US soldier is reading this.
The PR firm in questio...
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Hay carriers are upset that they are being targetted for minor infringements on the Newell Highway as they try to bring relief to drought-hit farms.
Scores of hay trucks travel the Newell Highway each day, bringing hay up from Victoria, but according to one driver the Roads and Maritime Service inspectors were picking them off almost one by one.
One major place to stop trucks was in the park at Narrandera where Eugowra truck driver Peter Cox was hit with a $330 fine but no infringement- for being over length. Ironically, if he had just one bale on the back of his truck he wouldnt have copped a fine. But because he had 43 bales, his split-tray truck was classified as having two divisible loads.
He had to undergo a drugs test and face a log book inspection. Hed never been through a drugs test before. Well, this is your first, an officer said.
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While the United States is typically set apart from other countries when it comes to gun laws, a recent conference with the United Nations has raised major red flags, as the U.S. agreed to enact full implementation of an international agreement on gun control that will violate Americans constitutional rights by adding their personal information to a global database.
The Third Review Conference (RevCon) of the United Nations Program of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons was held in New York last week with a 2018 agreement, which states that its purpose is to serve as a renewed commitment to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.
Over the weekend, New Matilda editor Chris Graham spoke on a panel at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas with Amanda Pepe (from the Adelaide Review) and Professor Peter Fray, Co-director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney. The topic was Future of Media, and specifically asked these questions: Given the 24/7 news cycle and even faster social media platforms, how can we control information? Is this development the ultimate democratisation of what used to be strictly-controlled offerings of the powerful few? Whos making sure were not being duped? Below is a speech Chris Graham prepared, but never delivered (the group just chatted instead).
One of the key questions in todays discussion is given our new, fast-paced media world, how can we control information?
I think the short answer is we cant. And to be honest, I dont think we really should anyway. I think government believes its job is to control information, and I can see some cases where thats obviously necessary national security, commercial in confidence etc etc. But in this day and age I think theres a lot of overreach by government in the control of information. The current prosecution of Witness K in the East Timor oil and gas scandal is a disgraceful, outrageous example of that.
I think traditional media has also felt a strong desire to and indeed has a long history of controlling information. I think theres a lot of overreach in that area as well. Ill give you an example.
Tomorrow, Im getting on a plane to fly to Italy. From there I board a boat in Sicily to sail to Gaza, in Palestine. Im there to report on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an international group (with representation in Australia) which, every year or so, organizes a few boats from across the world to try and break the Israeli imposed naval blockade on Gaza.
Now, wherever your politics reside on the question of Israel and Palestine, its undeniably a news story. Its undeniably information in the public interest. In the past, Australian media coverage has either tended to ignore the Flotillas entirely, or tended towards mockery and criticism. And yet, its basically universally accepted save for a few countries that Israels blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations says it is, for example.
Gaza is the worlds largest outdoor prison a jail to almost 2 million people. And yet most of the time, we only see it in the news when Israel is slaughtering people. And even then our media strives for balance as though theres a balanced way to report the deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of one of the worlds most powerful armies.
Ironically, the only way I can see Australian media taking an interest in....
Mon dieu! #BastilleDay went off with a bang - for these police motorcyclistshttps://t.co/jh88YrDQA4 #14juillet pic.twitter.com/X3NjItolZL BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 14, 2018
Domestic violence prevention brings together Indigenous men and
women in outback community - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting
Corporation): Domestic violence is not an issue unique to
Indigenous communities. On average, an Australian woman dies every
week at the hands of a current or previous partner.
So far this year, 34 women have been killed.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than any other group of women in Australia.
Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting. William Burke from the Sustainable Australia Party spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.
Australias annual permanent migrant intake has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade after a Federal Government crackdown on dodgy claims.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the government had restored integrity to the migration program to make sure the best possible migrants were brought into the country through tougher vetting.
William Burke from Sustainable Australia spoke to Tim McMillan about the new figures.
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By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in
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Another excellent article by Nicole Foss also known as Stoneleigh.
Renewable energy is best used in situ, adjacent to demand. It is best used in conjunction with a storage component which would insulate consumers from supply disruption, but FIT programmes typically prohibit this explicitly. Generators are expected to sell all their production to the grid and buy back their own demand. This leaves them every bit as vulnerable to supply disruption as anyone who does not have their own generation capacity. This turns renewable generation into a personal money generating machine with critical vulnerabilities. It is no longer about the energy, which should be the focus of any publicly funded energy programme.
Stoneleigh: Renewable energy has become a topic of increasing interest in recent years, as fossil fuel prices have been volatile and the focus on climate change has sharpened. Governments in many jurisdictions have been instituting policies to increase the installation of renewable energy capacity, as the techologies involved are not generally able to compete on price with conventional generation.
The reason this is necessary, as we have pointed out b...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that any rise in undocumented immigration will lead to increased crime rates. Its looking like [the Democrats] really want open borders, and they want really crime to pour in, Mr Trump has said, labelling undocumented Mexican immigrants as murderers and rapists The
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Saturday 4 August
Saturday begins with the perennial issue of the Abuse of Power and Privilege, with author Bri Lee and investigative journalists Allan Clarke and Louise Milligan tackling big institutions from personal and professional perspectives.
In Anxiety: is it Just Me? well known authors Matt Haig, Sarah Wilson, Michael Ableman and local debut author Jarrah Dundler will shed light on the prevailing mental health issue of our time.
Thinking from a fresh perspective may be as simple as switching the power imbalance of gender so we invite you to join Anne Aly, Jacqui Lambie and Bri Lee to ponder What if Women Ruled the World.
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Did you know that a new pair of jeans can take up to 13 years worth of drinking water to make? After reading that, I went to the laundry and rescued the boys torn jeans from the rag pile and mended the ones that were still wearable. Theyve still got plenty of life in them 
Many thanks to Jacqueline who found this excellent must read piece on our farming predicaments.. Since buying a farm myself, I am totally convinced everything written here is accurate, and that until people wake up to themselves about this, we will continue on our road to the edge of the cliff with everyone arguing about how much faster we should be going.
Lifted from this excellent website.
The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm.
It is not surprising that there are growing numbers of vegans and vegetarians worldwide who are becoming dogmatic about their food choices. Many aspects of the hyper-synthetic cityscapes we inhabit are disorienting to mammals such as ourselves. Over the last hundred years, our food systems have undergone drastic change. Foodthat basic, life-igniting, community-building elementhas become completely outsourced, processed, industrialized, and bland. Worse, animals are distorted and abused beyond recognition to produce it.
The meat we come across in cities looks less and less like a part of the animal it came from, and more like another factory product packaged in layers of thick plastic. We have become detached from the mutualistic relationships we have formed with animals over thousands of years. We are conceptually isolated from trophic cascades. Eating animals in this context surely feels like cheating, since the only models we have for our relationships with them are our relationships with other people.
One by one, city dwellers awaken to the fact that their chicken no longer tastes or looks like chicken and that their bodies are dulled by the meat of the crippled, hormone- and antibiotic-stuffed animals we breed. They begin to feel a visceral, intellectual, and moral repulsion towards the animal products that everyone eats so flippantly.
The slaughtering of animals used to take place within a relationship. There was little room for cowardice, since the act of killing was personal. The hunter looked into the eyes of the deer and was changed by that gaze. The farmer lived in close proximity with her cattle and understood that h...
The BTC markets are currently attempting to establish a higher low above $6000 after failing to break above resistance at $6800 at the end of June, whilst BCH appears to have bounced off the critical support area of $600 $650 for the second time in 2018. In recent altcoin market action, Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX) have produced gains of roughly between 10% and 20% after Coinbase confirmed on the 14th of June that it is currently exploring listing said markets.
Since gaining 18% from the 29th of June low of approximately $5800 to the local high of roughly $6840 on the 7th of July, the BTC markets have retraced by over 8% during the last seven days with current prices hovering at approximately $6250.
Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the Americans dream comeback as a mum. The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns. Williams had been the favourite despite it 
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Carey Gillam worked as an agricultural journalist for Reuters for over 20 years and reported on the GM revolution in the US. What she saw led her to write "Whitewash: the story of a weedkiller, cancer and the corruption of science." Roundup, the weedkiller, is sprayed on most GM crops and its use has skyrocketed. It has been found in food, water, air, rain, alcoholic drinks, human urine and breastmilk. It is linked to cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and birth defects. It is likely most of us have it in our bodies.......
We had a full house for Kerries great tutorial on mounting paper and fabric collages onto canvas (with thanks also to Sue Dove for allowing Kerrie to share this technique with our group). Some of Sues inspirational collages are shown below with the ones Kerrie created at her workshop.
Despite being 3% of the overall population, Aboriginal women make up 34% of the prison population. Dr Jackie Huggins AO, asks us to think of those women this NAIDOC week and why there is such a disparity.
One of Australias oldest financial institutions, Bank of Queensland, has prohibited the use of home equity loans for virtual currency speculation. The move has been attributed to concerns pertaining to the growing regulatory oversight of the cryptocurrency sector in Australia.
Bank of Queensland has banned its customers from using loans that are leveraged against home equity for the purposes of cryptocurrency speculation due to concerns pertaining to the increasing regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency activities in Australia.
Contracts issued by Bank of Queensland will now caution prospective borrowers any loan purpose that involves the acquisition of or usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The Australia...
... Why opting out may be your wisest, and healthiest choice On December 1, 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commissions (AEMC) final rule determination, titled: Expanding competition in metering and related services came into force in Tasmania, SA, NSW, the ACT and Qld. The rule states that this is a framework which is designed to, promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions
... Opportunity, motive, means ... The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago. More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable
NEW STORY ... Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to walk the walk and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission
But the heart of the problem, and a reason why major parties are now so much on the nose, has been a self-serving view of the duty of an elected representative, which puts party policy (and especially the need to avoid an appearance of internal dissension) above the duty members owe the public, which includes the duty to act in accordance with community values Max Atkinson
John Maynard Keynes, prominent mid-century economist, is often cited as having answered a challenging question with When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?^ Happily for us, and even more so for our future generations, there has been a lot of mind-changing, reinterpretation and revision (not to be confused with any ideologically biased revisionism) our Great War and modern memory
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The Brush-tailed Phascogale is a little-known native carnivorous marsupial that captured the imagination of many in the local community when remote cameras set up during the Focus on Fauna survey project in 2011/12 revealed its presence at several locations in the Flowerdale Strath Creek area. That indicated that this threatened species was most likely 
Tom Quirk probably could have been a rocket scientist because he trained as a nuclear physicist, attended Harvard Business School and has been a fellow of three Oxford Colleges (is that like being an Oxford Scholar?). More to the point of Climate Change: The Facts he has been involved in electricity generation including a founding directorship of the Victorian Power Exchange.
His chapter Taking Melbournes Temperature charts the history of the temperature record in Melbourne from 1856. The bottom line of the story there has apparently been a rise in temperature of 0.3C per century since that time. This challenges the official records which show a much larger increase, especially after 1998.
Melbourne was founded in 1835 as an outer suburb of Launceston by two Tasmanian explorers, Batman and Fawkner. Their names are perpetuated by the Batman Fawkner hotel/hostel in Launceston, close to the heart of the small city near the Transit Centre and a stones throw from The Grumpy Piper that houses a bagpipe museum and a whisky tasting bar.
The point of the paper is to explain why there was a jump of 0.6C recorded after 1998. This is attributed to a combination of the urban heat island effect (indicated by the difference of 0.6 compared with the country town of Laverton) and specific factors affecting the microclimate in La Trobe Street.
The key point to note is that the maximum temperature break is coincident with the screening of the La Trobe weather station from southern southerly winds by the construction of the very tall City Gate building This is a fifteen storey apartment tower completed in 1997 and to its east is a further apartment building completed in 1998.
LEONGATHA overpowered Morwell with a 123 point win in Saturdays
The Parrots went in looking to put in a solid performance, and succeed on all fronts.
Conditions were greasy at the Morwell Recreation Reserve, but the rain had cleared. Leongatha was quick to adjust to the icy conditions.
Starting well, the Parrots kicked four goals in the first quarter, leaving Morwell behind.
Ben Willis was a powerful force in the ruck, winning the clearances. Luke Bowman outclassed his opponents in the midfield, and provided plenty of run into the forward line.
Cam Stone helped out on the wing and proved to be an asset.
Morwell lacked power and didnt use the ball well enough in the forward 50, giving Leongathas defence an easier day.
The second quarter proved to be a little scrappier, but Leongatha well and truly maintained its lead.
The Parrots kicked three for the quarter through Jack Ginnane, Chris Dunne and Ryan Olden.
Dunne kicked five for the match.
Julian Lockwood also stood out in the forward line, but the goal kicking was shared by 13 different goal kickers.
Going into the 16th minute, Morwell managed to hit the scoreboard once, but the Leongatha defenders ensured that was it for the game.
By the second half, the match was pretty well a done deal with Leongatha continuing to dominate right across the field.
Morwell lost its legs and couldnt hit its targets, scraping behinds.
Leongatha played a six goal quarter, which was followed by a seven goal quarter in the last term. A bit of inaccurate kicking put a total of 16 behinds on the board, but Leongatha managed to adjust to optimise its opportunities.
The Parrots blazed away and Morwell was unable to keep up the pace.
Although it was a fairly even contribution from the Leongatha outfit, Bowman, Stone, Tom Marriott, Willis, Tim Sauvarin and Olden were named in the best.
Leongatha will play in the first week of the split round this weekend against Maffra.
In the battle of the top of the ladder, footy fans will catch a glimpse at a possible grand final match up.
Maffra is currently sitting on top of the ladder a game clear, and Leongatha is hungry to even the score.
Leongatha will have a bye on July 14 before taking on Moe on July 21.
Moe is currently sitting fourth, providing Leongatha with a couple of tough challenges in the coming weeks.
FANS of the Alberton Football Netball League are being urged to
band together to save it from disbanding.
In 2016, the league was left to struggle after five of its clubs moved into the newly formed West Gippsland Football Netball Competition.
After DWWWW went into recess at the start of the 2018, the league turned into a round robin of six clubs.
In order for the league to survive, two to four extra clubs are required.
A petition was launched to keep the league going. The petition calls for AFL Gippsland to consider adding the extra teams from neighbouring leagues to keep the Alberton league afloat.
AFL Gippsland has conducted a review and has been in discussions with many other leagues including Mid Gippsland, North Gippsland, Ellinbank and West Gippsland.
The disbandment of the league will affect the clubs Toora, Foster, MDU, Stony Creek, Tarwin and Fish Creek.
Although the competition has been tough with just six teams and struggling numbers in Thirds competitions, fans of the league believe there is a strong contingent of players coming up through the junior ranks that could well be the future of football in the region.
AFL Gippsland Region Commission chair John Schelling said the future of the structure and the teams involved is still under review.
Mr Schelling said there is still a process to go before decisions for the 2019 season is finalised.
A second meeting regarding the league was held last night (Monday, July 2).
Alberton Football Netball League will then have the opportunity to present its case to AFL Gippsland on Thursday, July 5.
The league will present its petition at this meeting.
It is anticipated the league will know the outcome of the review by the end of this footy season in September.
More than $50,000 in cash prizes is available to local sports clubs and volunteers after Viva Energy launched its 2018 Club Legend Award this week.
The 2018 competition follows the success of the Corio refinery operators inaugural Club Legends awards last year, when 20 winners, finalists and their clubs shared the prize pool.
The refinerys general manager launched this years competition at the Geelong Cats Next Generation Academy on Wednesday night with the help of star player and Club Legend ambassador Daniel Menzel .
Viva Energy is delighted that our local community so enthusiastically embraced last years Club Legend Award, Thys Heyns said.
Were really looking forward to uncovering more unsung heroes at sports clubs right across the greater Geelong region again this year.
Menzel was rapt to support a program recognising the importance of sports club volunteers and role models.
As a junior playing AFL I was hugely grateful for the support I received from coaches, players, volunteers, family and friends and its great to see that support continuing today at clubs across Geelong, he said.
I know how many unsung heroes there are in Geelong sports clubs and this award is a fantastic way to recognise the support they provide the community.
Its a privilege to be a part of the Club Legend Award and I look forward to helping celebrate the contributions of the remarkable people who are nominated.
The award was an important part of the refinerys ongoing commitment to the local community, Mr Heyns said.
The Club Legend Award is about recognising the remarkable contribution these inspiring role models make to their clubs and to the community. We are incredibly proud to be part of this great community and look forward to once again celebrating the amazing people within it.
A panel including Mr Heyns will decide the Club Legend winners and finalists, while a public vote will decide a Peoples Choice award winner. A presentation night is scheduled for 6 September.
The overall Club Legend winner and their club receive $5000 each. The runner-up and their club receive $2000 each, with the same prizes for the Peoples Choice and $1000 for finalists and their clubs.
Nominations opened on Wednesday and close on 3 August at clublegend.com.au.
View of the Maules Creek coal mine molehill seen from a distance. All that silica.
And according to last nights 7.30 Report, (Coal miners death after silicosis diagnosis a warning on dangerous dust levels) silica dust is 20 times more toxic than coal dust. This can be due to the size and shape of the particles.
Its one of the oldest industrial diseases in the world and is present where crystalline mineral dust is created when materials such as quartz, sand, stone, soil, granite, brick, cement, grout, mortar are blasted, cut or excavated.
There is a handy piece in The Conversation Explainer: what is silicosis and why is this old lung disease making a comeback?
Its not just miners who get affected by silica and victims who are diagnosed with silicosis can lose an average 11.6 years of life.
The Bob Brown Foundation has just partnered with sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, to save one of Australias most culturally and environmentally significant wild places - takayna / Tarkine - with a goal to have this region in North West Tasmania protected as a World Heritage listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.
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