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Saturday, 23 June

13:51

Renaissance Centre/Mount Saint Marys for sale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Renaissance Centre/Mount Saint Marys site is for sale again. Perfect if you have a lazy $7m and willingness to take on a difficult site which hasnt been well maintained. The advert mentions the previous development approval for 120+ apartments. https://www.realestate.com.au/property-other-nsw-katoomba-128660930 The 4 acre site is the largest development site left within the central Katoomba area.

12:34

Alex Williamson: So Wrong, Its Wrong at Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dont miss the latest and greatest live comedy show from the brilliantly twisted mind of the Loosest Aussie Bloke Alex Williamson. Alex Williamsons prolific writing sees him yearly bring a new swathe of characters, songs and stand-up comedy to life in a hilarious live solo show and has earned him a whopping three million online followers.

Friday 29th June 7:30pm
Tix: Full $37.50 | Concession $29.90 | Age 15+
www.byroncentre.com.au/whats-on

Did someone say drugs, pedos & terrorists? Probably not, alas these are just some of the topical/fun themes touched upon in this one hour honesty session. If youre not an 85 year old church-goer, therell be something in this show for you. But by all means come along if you are an 85 year old church goer, just flick your hearing aid off and laugh along in a haze of dementia.

Alexs twisted outlook will shake your faith in humanity at times, before restoring it ever so slightly, then smashing it once again beyond repair. But hey, at least its entertaining.

1/2 crude, yet hilarious its unfiltered, politically incorrect and downright naughty! This Is Radelaide

modern comedy at its finest All About Entertainment

Hilarious. Keen eye, wicked mind, razor-sharp tongue Herald Sun

Williamson enters a whole new realm of comedy If youre not afraid of going to hell, go see Alex. If you laugh, its nothing a few Hail Marys cant fix Lots Wife

The post Alex Williamson: So Wrong, Its Wrong at Byron Theatre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

11:20

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies Art on Screen presented by Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHAT: A film about the life and work of Van Gogh.

WHEN: July 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm 2:15 pm

WHERE: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481

COST: Full $20 | Concession $18 | Byron Theatre Club $18 | Student under 18 $15

A stunning new exploration of the life and work of  Van Gogh, through the eyes of his most devoted admirer and owner of the largest private collection of his artworks, HeleneKrller-Mller (1869-1939).

Gain unprecedented access to legendary artistic treasures, experience the rare architectural beauty of the Krller-Mller Museum, and journey into the past through the Milanese, Florentine, Roman and Palladian Renaissance. With a special focus on the importance of drawing as part of his artistic technique, be immersed in the life of one of the worlds greatest artists as Van Goghs story reveals itself from Paris to Provence.

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies tells the story of the Van Goghs burning passion for art, bringing together 40 remarkable paintings and 85 drawings from the Krller-Mller Museum in Holland.

11.00am Internet sales close
12.00pm Venue doors open | Box Office sales open
12.40pm Theatre doors open
1.00pm  Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies
2.15pm Event concludes (No interval)

The post Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies Art on Screen presented by Byron Theatre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

11:16

3pm Sun 24 Jun TOMORROW | Dont deport Priya, Nades and their children to danger "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hosted by Bring Home to Bilo (Biloela community), Tamil Refugee Council and RAC When: 3-4pm Sunday 24 June Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Priya, Nades and their children Kopica and Tharunicaa have received a removal notice that could see them deported to danger in Sri Lanka. RAC, Home(...)

10:16

Domestic gas shortage averted not even nearly beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently produced forecasts that gas availability would not be a constraint on electricity supply over the coming years, notwithstanding the tremendous increase in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports.  AEMO projects the following picture.

The expanded LNG demand is supplied by the export oriented west coast gas facilities (which produce about half of the nations gas) and by the, mainly Queensland, unconventional gas resulting from fracking.  It is this Queensland gas that has been the subject of controversy as the availability of terminals to allow its export has caused the domestic gas price to rise from a traditional $3-4 per petajoule to over $12 before settling at its present level of around $9 per petajoule.

Particular concern was the supply of gas for electricity generation (GPG in the above chart).  Gas provides about 10 per cent of electricity (wind, solar, rooftop about the same; hydro 7 per cent).  Last years high prices led to government jawboning and threats to the east coast miners that they would be forced to divert some supplies from exports, unless they did so voluntarily.

Usage for electricity is now scheduled to be reduced without this threatening the overall supply. The relief of the gas for electricity supply situation in Australia is partly due to an increase projected supply of the subsidised wind and solar production that has utterly devastated the once highly competitive electricity industry.  This form of cavalry-to-the-rescue is just what is not needed.

The fact is the shortage of gas, like any shortage, is only a shortage in relation to price.  There are certainly no uncontracted supplies available at the $3-4 per pj that previously prevailed and why should there be when suppliers can get net of cost returns of $7 from overseas markets?

Unlike Australia, the US has managed to combine surging domestic demand with booming exports and retained a price at under $4 per pj (this is the Henry Hub price, the normal domestic marker, but, in fact in some areas prices are much lower they have recently been down to $1 in New York).  Here is the US historical trade positio...

08:00

June 23 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


1810 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie had wont to send an email...but lacking the necessary pigeons to hold the horse hairs together to make contact with the interwebs, Macquarie instead opened the first Aussie post office, at Circular Quay.

1830 - Harry Cade was hanged for highway robbery near Parramatta. Cade was transported at the age of fourteen and executed after he turned sixteen.

1830 - Jack Field was hanged at Sydney for stealing from a settler named Pike.

1830 - Henry O'Neil was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1839 - Thomas Sumner , George Cooke , Ryder Gorman and Dennis Dacey were hanged at Sydney for robbery with violence at the house of William Woods and rape of Ann Amlin at King's Plains (Blayney)

1862 - Cobb & Co began writing themselves into Aussie history with their coach service galloping about NSW from their headquarters in Bathurst.

1862 - Not that we're calling them size queens but....The western boundary of Queensland changed from Longitude 141 degrees to 138 degrees.

1865 - Vic Parliament created its own debate reporting department. J. J. Casey in his speech to Parliament noted 'in the opinion of this house, provision should be made to secure an accurate report of the debates in Parliament in the form of Hansard'. Parliamentary reporting had previously been undertaken by journalists from The Argus newspaper.

1866 - Today was the date in the diary for the drilling of the first oil well in the Fair Isle of OZ; it was located at Alfred Flat, Coorong, in South OZ,  due to an algal scum "coorongite" being mistaken for bitumen.

1867 - The Nepean River, NSW, flooded to an estimated height of about 13.4 metres in the river, and 27.47 metres on land. It had a devastating effect on the riverside communities; six died.

1869 - Prince Alfred Wesleyan College opened in Adelaide, SA.


1870 - At the pilot station on the Macleay River they reported they had a severe shock at ten minutes past 6 p.m., it stopped a clock. There was another slight shock at 7 p.m.

1870 - Adam Lindsay Gordon's successful "Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes" was published and Henry Kendall showed him a proof copy of the enthusiastic review he had written.
At dawn the next morning Gordon went to the beach at Brighton and shot himself.

1874 - Gottlieb Eichhorn was hanged at Armidale Gaol for the rape of seventy-two-year-old Eliza Chapman at Saumarez Ponds. Mrs Chapman died from the injuries received. Eichhorn was sixteen at the time of the crime.

1886 - Politician John Cash Neild spoke for nine hours against the NSW Jennings government's introduction of mild ad valorem duties, thereby earning the nickname 'Jawbone'.

1887 - Will...

06:27

Two men charged after police officers allegedly assaulted Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been arrested after two police officers were allegedly assaulted in Byron Bay early on Friday morning.

About 2am (Friday 22 June 2018), police were called to a nightclub on Jonson Street, after two men became aggressive toward security guards when they were told to leave.

During an attempt to arrest the men, a struggle ensued during which the officers were assaulted.

The pair fled the area and police commenced inquiries.

About 10.40am today, two men, aged 28 and 29, attended Byron Bay Police Station where they were arrested.

The 29-year-old was charged with assault police cause actual bodily harm (x2), resist police, incite to resist/hinder police officer, use offensive language in public place and remain in vicinity by excluded person.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court today (Saturday 23 June 2018).

The 28-year-old was charged with resist officer in execution of their duty and remain in vicinity by excluded person.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court today (Saturday 23 June 2018).

The leading senior constable sustained stomach, finger, neck and chin injuries.

The constable sustained leg and shoulder injuries.

The post Two men charged after police officers allegedly assaulted Byron Bay  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

03:58

US President Donald Trump takes a well-deserved hit in the cojones "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


This little girl couldn't fight back against the full weight of Donald J. Trump's cruel racism.

Time magazine cover for 2 July 2018 issue

Until an American late night show expressed its opinion...........




If only real life delivered such swif...

01:08

Athletes standing together for justice "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Many people would have heard of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, because of their black-gloved clenched fist salute protesting racism captured in the iconic photograph below. Carlos had left his pair of black gloves back at the Olympic village, which is why he and Smith each wore a single glove on different hands.

The third man in the photo is Australian Peter Norman, who was white and a staunch anti-racism advocate. He won the silver medal and also joined in the protest but differently, wearing a button that said Olympic Project for Human Rights. For his action, Norman was vilified by the people in his home country, ostracized by the Australian authorities, and deliberately overlooked for the 1972 Olympics, despite being the highest finisher for an Australian sprinter in Olympic history and a contender for the gold medal. When the 2000 Olympics were held in Sydney he was not invited by the Australians to be part of the ceremonies. It was American athletes and the US Olympics Committee that invited Norman to be part of their delegation and stay with them at the village. It was just recently that the Australian Olympic Committee tried to make amends for their past awful behavior and awarded Norman a posthumous Order of Merit.

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the deep and lasting friendship that developed between these three men, including how Smith and Carlos went to Australia to deliver eulogies and be pall bearers at Normans funeral in 2006 following his death from a heart attack at the early age of 64. In the June/July 2018 issue of The Progressive (not online yet), Dave Zirin adds some stories of the bonds between them that I was not aware of.

John Carlos has told me, in conversations over the years, I always felt like Peter Norman, after those Olympics, had it tougher than Tommie or me because in the United States they took turns kicking our asses. In Australia, Peter was on his own.

When San Jose State University erected a massive statue in tribute to alumni Smith and Carlos in 2005, they decided to leave the silver medal stand empty. After Carlos received word that Norman would not be represented, he marched into the office of the schools president and said he wouldnt have anything to do with a statue of....

00:16

NSW Budget 2018-19: what the NSW North Coast can expect by way of state funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Berejiklian Coalition Government approached NSW Budget 2018-19 with an est. $3.9 billion surplus and projected smaller surpluses in following years.

In large measure due to the sale of the state's interest in the Snowy Mountain Scheme to the federal government.

This is what the budget papers indicate the state government is willing to spend on the est. 517,000 residents living within across the local government areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie, Hastings, Tweed and Richmond Valley.

The following are excerpts from Budget documents.

The North Coast is a long string of seaside communities with a heavy focus on tourism and is the most biologically diverse region in New South Wales. The Government is delivering better education and health services for the region and delivering significant investment in roads to enable smoother and safer connections.

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00:15

Memes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The twitterverse was quite vocal this week across a number of issues......






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Friday, 22 June

22:01

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival Old Time Variety Show 2018

Fri 17th Aug, A&I Hall 6-10pm

Sat 18th Aug, Showgrounds 10am-5:30pm

Bangalow Showgrounds

Great local food and quality musicianship in a fun family day out raising funds for local Arts & Culture

Friday 17th Old Time Variety Show 6pm till 10pm at the A&I Hall delicious barbecue and great bluegrass

Saturday 18th BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 10am till 5pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds family friendly event, barbecue competition, bluegrass on the main stage, Kids Games $2, Tasting Plates $10.

The post The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

19:53

A riot of colour "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

in the garden this morning!

Eastern Spinebill feeding on Correa pulchella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 22nd June 2018

19:22

Tax-payer forks out $20,000 for Kimba children to have nuclear propaganda trip to Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

 

Federal Government pays for schoolkids from country SA to go on a nuclear fact-finding tour https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/federal-government-pays-for-schoolkids-from-country-sa-to-go-on-a-nuclear-factfinding-tour/news-story/4820fe94618442858b517fada6b3f5a8, Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, The Advertiser, 21 June 18

AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are forking out nearly $20,000 to send Kimba school students on an all-expenses paid, five-night excursion to Sydney to learn about radioactive waste.

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18:47

Liberal Coalition attacks on the ABC will rebound against them "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange

Constant attacks on the ABC will come back to haunt the Coalition government The Conversation    Denis Muller Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, June 20, 2018 

In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the Victorian parliament, Robert Gordon Menzies.

They urged that the new broadcasting service be organised on an independent basis and that cultural potentialities of the Broadcast Service be considered a matter of primary importance. The broadcast service came to be named the Australian Broadcasting Commission and went to air for the first time on July 1 1932.

It is a measure of how far todays Liberal Party has drifted away from the values and ideals of its founder, Menzies, that last Saturday its federal council should have resoundingly adopted a motion that the ABC should be privatised.

One of the proponents of the motion was Mitchell Collier, the federal vice-president of the Young Liberals. He said there was no economic case to keep the broadcaster in public hands.

No economic case. Where the ABC is concerned, that is a false premise on which to proceed. The ABC was explicitly not established for economic purposes or in pursuit of an economic ideology. It was established for social, educational and cultural purposes.

It was also established on an explicitly non-commercial basis: it takes no advertising. Why? Because it was believed advertising would weaken its independence. The policymakers of the 1930s had seen only too clearly how beholden the newspaper proprietors of the day had become to commercial imperatives: the demands of advertisers and the pressure to increase circulation, even at the cost of editorial quality and integrity.

The newspapers of the day had also become mouthpieces for sectional interests. In Melbourne,...

18:35

Gang Show "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Come and support local and statewide youth members from the Victorian Scouts and Guides who have been rehearsing since February for this original family fun theatre production.  

Tickets start at $23.00.

Head to www.gangshow.org for all your booking details.

Opens this Friday 22nd June til Saturday 30th June 2018.

Venue: Besen Centre Burwood.
   
Address: 87/89 Station St, Burwood VIC 3125.
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18:33

Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Open Gate at Peppertree Place in June

With our new neighbours the Coburg Farmers Market opening next door, we have been opening our cafe every Saturday (not just the 1st Saturday of each month) to see what the passing trade would look like - and quite frankly it looks great!! We've been welcoming new visitors and customers who have never been to Peppertree before - never knew we existed (we get that a lot!).

While we appreciate all that our volunteers do to keep this going, we acknowledge that it will be a huge challenge for us to sustain into the future.

SO thanks for supporting our little social enterprise, volunteer powered nursery and popup cafe.  

18:32

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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We will have the following to give away shortly:


White fridge-freezer, v good working order. 
Oven: Hob (needs new sparker). 
Some of the original kitchen cupboards from Newlands brick house. 

Please call or text asap if you are interested as renovation starts this weekend. 

Jenny 0457 436 280.

18:31

Neighbourhood Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Newlands & East Coburg
Neighbourhood Houses


 
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18:30

For Sale & Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Vintage Kelvinator fridge in perfect working order $150 ONO.

Baumatic Dishwasher in perfect working order - free.

La Germania Oven - Stove. Gas works but electrics don't. May be able to be repaired. Free.

Text: 0451 793 104 Pick up Coburg.

Sarah.

18:22

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Lego Head!

Secondhand - few scratches and wear and tear.

Great for storing lego and all those small tiny toys kids love to collect!

Pick up Regent.

Annie 
0458 353 794



18:14

House Sitting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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House sitter needed for 7-14th July for lovely 3 bedroom house in Regent. 

If you have family or friends visiting for the school holidays this could be perfect for a few days or whole week as needed.

Contact Annie 0458 353 794 if you are interested.

17:30

40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the worlds largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australias biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months ...

The post 40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras appeared first on QNews Magazine.

16:59

Shiiiiiiiitcuuuuuuunts "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

At the end of last year my twitter account was nuked because I told a lot of people I deemed to be committed racists, one at a time, that they were a "shitcunt". This was a tremendous mistake because if you get into an argument with major online entities like Twitter they erase a chunk of your online existence. I tried explaining myself, but I wasn't talking to a person, I was talking to a system built by more shitcunts. So an account I'd been running for a decade, with all the connections I'd made with thousands of people, was no more. It was all my fault but my fault wasn't being a shitcunt, it was that I am a hero who takes risks. Fuck I'm amazing. Get fucked. A fucking hero. Fuck. You.

Also, since April of last year until about a few weeks ago I have been obsessed with making my first solo show a goer, but after doing the show at four different festivals I was sick of it. Festivals, like major social media behemoths, suck a million business dicks but will not lift a finger to help the little people that make up the entire reason for their existence. And that shit costs a lot money. Paying money to do comedy? How dignified.

Online and at fringe and comedy festivals, I have watched the creators of art get milked dry by business vampires. They take our time and money and give back nothing but bullshit. The creators who do succeed do so because they are mediocre or cowards, generally. Check out the wide selection of boring comedians on Netflix if you doubt this.

Anyway late last year I got on with calling a lot of racists a "shitcunt". Shitcunt. What a word. A lot of people are in my estimation weak dogs, piss holes or dipshits, but hey, they might be struggling for some personal reason I know nothing about. But a shitcunt? That person is just a shitcunt. It was glorious to abuse the christ out of these shitcunts for a golden hour.

Last year my brother died and my family didn't bother to tell me and it got life changingly weird and ugly. So I focused my anger at the entire human race on one group- committed racists- and abused the fuck out of them. I will always come back to the simple idea that if you have horrible shit in your life, take that emotion and use it on a target that deserves it. Sure I lost that twitter account, because if you fight, you might lose. But if you don't fight, you're just a loser. Possibly even a shitcunt.

I've got some other ideas for things I can do that won't result in my destruction, so that's nice. A podcast. Returning to blogging, obviously. Stand up comedy, again. But I'm not 100% sure what I would be doing any of it for anymore. I know for a fact that producing content with an audience in mind is a recipe for a truly garbage life.

I have to go do a shit now.

15:57

This winter, make it your mission to help people in need, year round "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Dee* had a tough upbringing. Her mother left after experiencing repeated violence, and Dee had to care for her younger brothers and sisters. I looked after everyone, got them to school, cleaned the house, did the shopping, did everything, Dee says. Dad would be at work all day long, then out drinking until the pub []

15:34

WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, Condones the Suppression of Scientific Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Please read the following information and make WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, accountable for the false information he is providing about vaccines to the public. Politicians are liable for participating in legislative decisions that can harm human health. This censorship of the risks of vaccines as anti-vaccination material is resulting in an escalation of chronic illness in the population that is preventable.
Most of you will be aware that a billboard was put up in the Perth CBD (corner of William and Brisbane St) that asks the public Do you know what is in a vaccine. This information is essential knowledge for assessing the risks of this medical procedure. Just as you would check the ingredients of your food only vaccines are injected into the human body and this means the chemicals can access every organ of the body.
This information is in the public interest yet the WA government and AMA are calling this anti-vaccination material and complaining that the question poses a public health risk.
Why is the Australian Medical Association making this unscientific claim? The risks of any environmental toxin need to be addressed within the individual genetic make-up of each person and there are many toxins in vaccines.  Each toxin in the vaccine, for example, aluminium and antibiotics, will have a different reaction in every person because of their genetics and this reaction can be delayed.
Does Roger Cook know that there are antibiotics in every vaccine and that antibiotics are linked to causing many chronic illnesses including autism?
Why has the AMA also ignored the fundamental medical principle that:
A medical treatment should be individualised particularly when injecting substances into the human body that carry the potential for disease, disablement and death.
The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Scheme has paid out over...

14:42

QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Check out the latest issue of QNews Magazine. Queens Ball Winners / Feature: Gender / Docq / Qcalendar / Review: Disobedience | QNews Magazine 2018

The post QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:25

Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd June "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Endless Chatter Merpire Bandcamp Stare Into The Dark Sam Newton Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner Friday 22nd June Solbar Playhouse, Maroochydore, QLD Saturday 23rd June Old []

13:52

Playing to Spin: Celtic tunes keep Contra dancers on their toes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contra dance queest-ce-que cest? For those of us whove never dipped a heel or toe into this aspect of the folk or social dance scene, a quick spot of online research explains contra dancing as social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A hot stepping cousin of square dancing or bush dancing, contra dancing is done in pairs with couples moving up and down a line or in sets in response to a caller. It originates from North America and is steadily gaining an enthusiastic following of new, young dancers here in Australia. It is also a fantastic way to link social dancing with community music making.

Melbourne based musician, Judy Oleinikov is a big fan of the inclusive nature of contra dance and for the past three years or so has been doing her bit to bring a wider awareness of it to musicians and dancers alike: Contra dances can  be more vivacious and also a little bit more informal than some of the other dances we have here unlike something more structured such as Scottish Dancing, it isnt intimidating to beginners.

It may be a relief to hear that a sleek technique isnt required and you dont need to point your toes to take part. Contra dancing is open to anyone of any age and people seem to find it highly addictive due to its inherent element of fun. That and the amount of spinning involved.

For Judy, Contra dance kicks come from her involvement as a fiddle player for the dance:

 What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. Theres just nothing better, that buzz of live music and everyone responding to it.

In addition to the fact its fun, Judy considers the resurgence in contra dancing important in helping to sustain a complex skill and a vital element of musicality which she believes is at risk of becoming lost: the ability to play for dancers.

A lot of Celtic musicians learn the music completely separate from the dance and so they havent quite got the feel they can be brilliant players but to a dancer it just wouldnt be right. Weve grown used to hearing recordings or playing tunes in pubs and so what I really like about bringing a dance back is doing it while people are learning the music to go with it.

Contra dance music is lively, and drives and energizes the dancers. Like all forms of music, it has originated from a blend of traditions, noticeably Irish, Scottish, Breton, Qubecois, Cape Breton, New England, and Appalachian, and is constantly evolving, as living traditions do. As an avid player of Celtic music herself, Judy explains that the origin of this form of music was in playing tunes for people to dance along to as entertainment...

13:36

Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Star Stuff ll is on 7th & 8th July 2018 at Elements of Byron Resort Byron Bay

Star Stuff II is pleased to release this years incredible schedule of speakers and talks at the genesis of Australias tentative steps towards its own space agency. Our 11 speakers share their knowledge on a wide range of mind expanding topics.

Speakers Include :

  • Fraser Cain (CAN / Science Publisher)
  • Dr Alan Duffy (AU, Computational Astrophysicist)
  • Amy Shira Teitel (USA Space Historian)
  • Geoff Notkin (USA / Meteorite Expert)
  • Terry Lovejoy (AU Comet Discoverer)
  • Dr David Malin (AU AAO Astronomer)
  • John Sarkissian OAM(AU CSIRO Scientist)
  • James Gilmour (AU Private Space Agency)
  • Greg Quicke (AU Observatory, aka Space Gandalf)
  • Cathal OConnell (AU Nanotech / Science Writer)
  • Dylan ODonnell (AU / Byron Bay Astronomer)

Highlights Include:

  • On site solar and nighttime viewing (Weather permitting)
  • Telescopes & Equipment vendors
  • Night Photography Tours
  • Giveaways & Special Promotions

For more information please visit Star Stuff ll Sessions

The post Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

13:24

Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Kylie Minogue had said she first realised she was a gay icon when she ended up at a Kylie-themed night at a Sydney gay bar. The singer told Billboard she became aware of the love the LGBT community has for her in the late 80s, after the release of her debut album, but it happened ...

The post Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:59

7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that a joint parliamentary inquiry into franchising operations is about to hear explosive allegations that convenience store juggernaut 7-Eleven bribed people not to give evidence. The accusations come from a group of 7-Eleven franchise operators who say the head office of 7-Eleven paid them to

The post 7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:44

Look Out! Yoof Gone Wild at Eastside! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hello friends, Im Maddie and I spent a week at Eastside Fm for my work experience! Read below to get a teenagers insight in the life of Eastside, and the adventures and experiences this community radio did for me! 

My time at Eastside Radio has been a time I wont forget. I have been shown a side of community, experience and music that I havent seen before. Through out the last week I have met so many wonderful people, either it be a volunteer, presenter or a fellow work experience colleague, the family that surrounds Eastside is so unique and nothing Ive ever experienced. I have also been very grateful to have the opportunity to be at Eastside in the week of Radiothon. Radiothon is a highlight in Eastsides calendar and being able to take part in such a special week was really spectacular. I love the attachment music has on people and how having that connection brings people together, leading to create a even better space to bond over. Eastside is one of those spaces. People can come together from various parts of Sydney and share their similarities through jazz, soul, world or any kind of music.

Besides the electric atmosphere of Radiothon, I was given an insight on how a radio station works. Working in the studios put me in the shoes of a presenter. As a person who has always been interested in the world of multimedia, doing work experience at Eastside has broaden my knowledge in this workforce and the training has given me the opportunity to trial the life of radio presenting. Also having the opportunity to incorporate the editing skills I previously knew before this last week, was very useful when presenters wanted to edit interviews into podcasts. I found it great to dive into the radio industry with a combination of new and old skills. Being able to talk on air was another experience that I didnt think I wouldve been able to take part in this week. Having to build that confidence was something I had to get used to, but the comfort and support by Cathy (as she convinced me to speak for every supporter who called in) helped significantly by the time the week ended.

If I could use one word to describe how I felt this week, it would be ecstatic. I will be forever grateful to have been part of the Eastside community for my week of work experience. The tips and tactics I have learnt in my time at Eastside, will be useful for the career I will be aiming to do by the time I finish high school. I will most definitely be back at Eastside as soon as I can so I can volunteer and stay part of this amazing community. I want to say a special thanks to Gemma, Tony and Cathy. I couldnt of imagined Eastside to be so lively without them. I would also like to say thank you to all the volunteers and presenters that made me feel welcome. I can not express enough how much I have loved being at Eastside. I would most definitely recommend anyone who is thinking about volun...

12:31

Action against Adani coal heats up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. Photo supplied.

Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. The billboards reads Adani Hates Workers and carries the Labor partys logo.

The months of action will be taking place as part of the lead up to the 30th June, when groups across Australia are expected to hold protests to call for no new coal projects in Australia.

One of the creators of the spoof Labor billboard, Jade Hill said: The new, improved billboards represent what the majority of Australians are thinking, and what Labor should be admitting. Adani doesnt care about workers and jobs, only about how much money he can make. If this mine goes ahead it will cause climate chaos and will be thoroughly automated, providing very few jobs for local workers.

The billboard was in response to fifteen workers at Adanis Townsville headquarters being told that their contracts would expire at the end of the month, further reducing employee numbers down to around 100 from a high of 150.

The build-up to the 30th June day of action has included banner drops, blockades, occupations and guerilla projections from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north. 

Frontline Action on Coal says that over thirty actions are planned across the country for 30 June and that many people are preparing to break the law for the first time in their lives in order to protect country and safeguard a liveable planet for generations to come. The protests will target politicians, coal mining companies and contractors associated with the Adani mine.

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12:25

Cash Savage on turning indignation into inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

 

  • Cash Savage and The Last Drinks :: Interview with Jack Shit

 

The forthcoming album by Cash Savage was born out of an incendiary indignation at the appalling plebiscite foisted upon Australia by a coalition of groups opposed to equality.

Cashs prior record had emerged from a time of loss (two close mates lost to suicide) and love (her two weddings one legal, in Vegas, one merely ceremonial, here). In between, Cashs wife Amy became pregnant, and despite consciously attempting to cease writing and sit with that the songs poured forth.

Beyond these performances it was the stark, defiant and sometimes heartbreaking conversation that made this interaction so spellbinding. Its fair to say that Cash and Jack dont hold much back.

WHO: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks + Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel)
WHERE: Lansdowne Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 23 June, 8pm
HOW MUCH: $23.50 from Oztix 

 

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12:20

Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mungo MacCallum and Thomas Mayor hold up the Uluru statement at Brunswick Heads on Saturday, March 25. Photo Jenny Garrett

Byron Shire Council has shown its support for genuine constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its June meeting by unanimously supporting a Mayoral Minute to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Statement from the Heart came from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention which has held in May 2017 at Uluru in the Northern Territory.

The Convention saw more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from around Australia discuss constitutional reform.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a moving and powerful document that challenges us, as a nation, to move forward and I think it is entirely appropriate that our Council has publicly declared its support, Mayor Richardson said.

Its important to note that the Statement from the Heart goes beyond changes to the constitution, he said.

It looks at legislative change with the establishment of the Makarrata Commission which would supervise a process of agreement-making with the Australian Government and truth-telling about our history and colonisation.

The Statement was the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive recognition and, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, I am proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We believe it should be a national priority, Mayor Richardson said.

The last sentence of the Statement invites us to walk with a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Byron Shire Council accepts the invitation, Mayor Richardson said.

For more information contact Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, on 0427 076 834.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

 We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according...

12:14

Telstra left locals near Uki with no phones for five days "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The fact that John Donvito had to climb to the top of Mt Nardi in the dark to call Telstra to tell them the not only were their landlines down but the local Telstra tower was also out of order seemed to fall on deaf ears. Since last Saturday June 16 John called Telstra around 30 times to try and get them to acknowledge that there was not only a problem but that they do something about it.

I rang them and said the towers out and they responded telling me that it wasnt and that no one had reported it. Not only was the tower out but the landlines were down and then then we had a power cut as well on the Sunday (June 17).

By Monday June 18 Telstra finally acknowledged that the tower had been out over the weekend and by Tuesday the landlines were back on and the tower was fixed by the Wednesday.

The area went four days with no landline while it took five days for the tower to be back up and running.

For a telecommunications company they have very poor communication, said Don.

They have a website that you can check the status of towers etc but if your not going to update it then whats the point?

We have lots of elderly people in the area and they need to do a lot better at responding to outages.

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11:42

Thank Goat its #FiveDollarFriday "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet

Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Communitys kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, Please Sir, can I have some more? look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.

Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parkers ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet-2

While surgery seemed no longer an option by Parkers attending veterinarians, this dear boy now receives regular shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue that threatens to block his urinary tract and keep any complications at bay. As always, Parker is an absolute gentleman and the most obliging of patients, as long as one of his people proffer chin scratches and nose kisses, he stands obligingly whilst the procedure is performed.

We are ever grateful for the technologies that allow residents like Parker to overcome adversity and live full and happy lives as are we grateful for our Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible.

If you too want to send waves of kindness Parkers way, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today www.fivedollarfriday.com.au

11:41

start - [Talks] added Darren to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Next Meeting 25th June 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

11:34

Lessons in Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission -_-30

Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.

One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.

I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.

Edgars Mission -_-29

The memory of that cool Wednesday morning we pulled up at the rural pound and first laid our eyes on Vincent is still as clear as the day it happened. A stately Anglo Nubian cross, who looked more camel-like than caprine and an older, handsome Toggenburg with the most impressive beard gazed back at us from the paddock beyond. At first, we couldnt help but giggle as we wondered how on earth two of the biggest goats we had ever seen were going to fit into our van, which now seemed tiny in comparison. But we were soon sobered when we realised the smaller of the two, the boy we were to christen Vincent van Goatee visibly trembled at the mere sight of us. This simultaneously broke our hearts and made the task ahead seem near impossible. How on earth were we to catch this terrified goat and convince him to step foot into our vehi...

11:26

Voters understand better than commentators the trickery of state budgets "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Thats the title of my latest piece in the Guardian.
Opening paras

Privatisation has been the last fiscal resort of desperate governments for decades. By now, just about everyone in the community understands that the supposed windfall achieved by selling income generating assets is spurious. Voters have routinely tossed out governments that have advocated or implemented privatisation, sometimes by stunning margins.

The only people who havent got the memo are the politicians who make budget policy and the journalists who write about it. The politicians reluctance to abandon privatisation is understandable if discreditable: when electors throw them out, they are virtually guaranteed a lucrative post-political career in the financial sector.

The failure of political journalists to understand what they write and talk about for a living is more surprising. Yet the coverage of the Queensland and NSW elections suggests that there has been no improvement in understanding of the basic issues.

11:19

WATCH: The Queer Eye Boys Give Australian Farmer A Makeover In New Mini-Episode "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The mini-episode the boys from makeover show Queer Eye filmed in the Australian town of Yass has been released. The shows Fab Five Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk visited Australia earlier this month, and had two projects while in Yass. First, Tan, Karamo, and Jonathan helped ...

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11:09

Fairfax Emma-nomics "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Perhaps Fairfax should shorten its name to just Fair?

Jessica Irvine is Fairfaxs senior economics writer.  Her educational qualifications (from Linked In) are a Bachelors Degree, Economics (Social Sciences), majoring in Philosophy and Political Economy, Honours (University of Sydney 2000 2003).

The following opening paragraph comes from Irvines article this morning relating to the passage of tax cut legislation yesterday:

These are the tax cuts we dont deserve and cant afford. They are not part of a wider tax reform package, leave the budget too vulnerable to future economic shocks, and theyre unfair, to boot.

Dont deserve.  Cant afford.  Unfair to boot.  Quality economic analysis.  But wait.  Theres more:

Middle to upper income earners will also be the earliest recipients of support.

A tax cut is the provision of support is it now.  Jess read this please before writing again.  But she also wrote this:

But Australian politicians have simply not done the hard work to reform our tax base to ensure finances are in a sustainable position before Australians can be relieved of the burden of bracket creep.

Half right she is.  They have not done the work to reform the governments spending base.

It is rumoured that our Jess will be offered a professorship at the University of Sydney School of Emma-nomics.

#justsaying.

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11:06

Junior rangers wanted "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve will be swarming with junior rangers these school holidays.

The popular Parks Victoria Junior Rangers program offers free nature-based and ranger-hosted activities for children aged six to 12 and their families. It is designed to get kids out of the house and interested in learning about Victorias wonderful parks, wildlife and natural and cultural heritage.

Local junior rangers will have the opportunity to become a bush detective for a day on 5 July at the reserve.

Parks Victoria Education and Interpretation Coordinator James Adams said these activities are designed to inspire curiosity.

The variety of activities we run through the Junior Ranger program help teach kids about the natural world around them and the role they play within it. Its wonderful to see kids getting out of the lounge room and appreciating all Victorias beautiful parks have to offer, he said.

All activities are free but bookings are essential and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Find an activity near you and book online at www.juniorrangers.com.au.

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve will host two sessions on 5 July at 10am and 1pm.

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10:41

Appeal for information over motorcycle crash Tweed/Byron PD "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance following a motorcycle crash in the states north.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday 21 June 2018), emergency services were called to Clothiers Creek Road at Clothiers Creek, about 25km south of Tweed Heads, following reports a yellow Honda motorcycle crashed into a fence.

On arrival, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District found the passenger, a 38-year-old woman, with head and arm injuries. She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Recue Helicopter where she remains in a stable condition.

The rider, a 44-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who saw the motorcycle in the area before the time of the crash is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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10:33

What is Common Assault? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The word assault often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained

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10:28

Road rage in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A road rage incident occurred yesterday Thursday June 21) around 3.30pm near the Trinity bus exchange in Lismore when the driver of a black sedan became enraged at the driver of a school bus over a traffic issue.

The driver smashed one of the front windows of the bus and grabbed a windscreen wiper before leaving the area.

Sergeant Mat Johnson of Lismore police told Echonetdaily There were no issues with children or members of the public and the bus company has chosen not to pursue it.

Road rage incidents are not acceptable, especially in the vicinity of schools and other public places.

Sergeant Johnson urged drivers to keep calm and get to their destinations safely.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit is 40km in school zones and when a school bus has flashing lights.

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10:10

MACKAY Police find stolen cars and rifle in Habana "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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10:08

Appeal to locate missing man  Casino "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are asking for help to locate Steven John Close. Photo NSW Police.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man missing from the Casino area.

Steven John Close, aged 56, was last seen leaving a hospital in Urbenville on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

When he failed to return home, officers from Richmond Police District were notified and commenced inquiries.

Mr Close is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 170cm tall, of a medium build and with dark brown hair.

Mr Close is known to frequent the Casino area and police have received information he may be in Queensland.

Anyone with information, or that sights Steven, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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10:01

Phat Burgers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The new kid of the block. Bravely opening opposite burger institution SKBB, many feared for Phats survival. But since launching earlier this year, Phat has snowballed its way to success. Their quick service and no-nonsense Phat Mac stacked burgers have earned them devoted fans. The burger fraternity has swarmed through their doors. A frenzied opening []

09:48

This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A promising candidate for a HIV vaccine may protect against dozens of strains of the virus and is almost ready for human testing, scientists say. The vaccine creates antibodies that attack a vulnerable site of the virus discovered two years ago, according to researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ...

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09:45

Zero Emissions Byron event June 27 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change. Photo supplied.

Christobel Munson

While many governments around the world are introducing measures to address climate change, the Australian government has failed to develop an action plan to reduce Australias emissions to COP21 agreed levels.

With both local and federal government elections coming up in 2019, its time to start rattling the cage!

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change.

Professor Steffen says, We need to throw out governments at all levels that dont take effective action on climate change and serve notice to incoming governments that they will suffer the same fate if they dont meet the climate change challenge.

Once, Earth System scientist Professor Steffen was a member of the Climate Commission, the independent body established in 2011 by the government to communicate reliable and authoritative information about climate change in Australia. The Commission was abolished in 2013 by Abbotts government.

Less than a week later, the Commission was relaunched as an independent, non-profit organisation called the Climate Council, fully funded by public donations.

Professor Steffen sees the current top climate change challenges as getting universal agreement across countries and cultures that we need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas by 2040, if we are to have a chance to stabilise the climate system at temperature somewhere near 2 degrees C.

He says the Climate Council is working hard to deal with the dangers of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)...

09:36

Why are blue-tongue lizards tongues blue? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluey the blue-tongued lizard gives it a waggle. Photo supplied.

Blue-tongue lizards use their tongues as a last-ditch effort to avoid being eaten, according to the latest research from the Lizard Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The base of their tongue is particularly bright under UV light which birds can see clearly. The lizard relies on camouflage to avoid hawks and other predators. When that fails, the lizards poke out their tongues as far as possible distracting the birds with a flash of bright blue and ultraviolet tongues. And yes, you would it under disco lights.

Blue-tongue lizards have a highly conspicuous tongue, but, unlike many other kinds of lizards, its a big tongue the surface area is large. When blue-tongues do a full tongue display, the mouth is opened widely, and the tongue is flattened and expanded. At the same time, they may hiss and puff-up their body for maximum effect. This behaviour, in combination with a highly conspicuous tongue, can be quite intimidating for anyone that has got too close to a wild bluey, said Associate Professor Whiting.

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09:02

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction jobs from century-highs as a share of total employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment being on the rise again might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this dynamic has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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08:24

Accounting for mangrove methane in global carbon budgets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Judith Rosentreter enjoying the ambience of a mangrove system. Photo supplied.

Mangroves are highly valued for their efficiency in storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But those calculations need to be adjusted to account for the methane emitted during the carbon burial process, according to new research from Southern Cross University.

Organic material within the mangrove system releases methane as it breaks down. However, scientists from the Universitys Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research have found the methane being released is offsetting on average 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and buried as blue carbon.

The paper Methane emissions partially offset blue carbon burial in mangroves, published in the journal Science Advances, provides the first estimate of the global magnitude of this offset.

Our results show that high water and sediment methane emissions have the potential to partially offset blue carbon burial rates in mangrove sediments on average by 20 per cent, said lead researcher Dr Judith Rosentreter.

The offsets may be as high as 60 per cent around the boundary between the tropics and subtropics, driven by lower mangrove carbon burial rates and higher methane emissions.

Although there are some uncertainties associated with global emission estimates of methane mainly owing to the lack of data from countries with large mangrove areas such as Indonesia or Brazil the overall conclusion that there are some offsets remain the same.

Professor Bradley Eyre, director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research at Southern Cross, is one of the co-authors.

Methane emissions from mangroves need to be accounted for when assessing their importance in future blue carbon assessments and climate change mitigation, sai...

08:00

June 22 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

1788 - "Slight shock of earthquake in the newly formed settlement of Sydney Cove. It did not last more than two or three seconds. It was felt by most people in camp, and by the Governor himself, who heard at the same time a noise to the south, and which he took at first to be the report of guns fired at a great distance.  The earth teemed with sulphurous odour for some time after."


1829 - John Slack (alias York) was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary at the house of Timothy Beard at Cabramatta.

1838 - Col William Light spat the dummy and resigned as Surveyor-General of South Australia, after being refused additional staff and being ordered to use an inexact method of survey.

1842 - The Imperial Waste Lands Act increased the minimum price of land in all the Australian colonies to 1 acre - half the proceeds to be used to encourage migration. Wakefield, Torrens & Hutt's plan from the SA Foundation Act of 1834, is to be half adopted in the other colonies i.e. NSW WA & Tas.

1846 - The Eastern Market was opened in Melbourne right alongside the Female Peniteniary ; the Eastern Market site later hosted The Southern Cross Hotel where the Fab Four stayed during the Melbourne leg of their Oz tour but, sadly for them, there were no longer any caged females screaming next door....

1854 - The news finally reached Oz about the outbreak titled the Crimean War, which gave rise to fears of attack on Oz by the Russian Navy....which in turn led to the night When The Russians Didn't Invade Victoria.

1854 - Sir Charles Hotham plonked himself into the post of Governor of Victoria.
And then the rot set it.

1863 - Roll up, Roll up! The City of Churches aka Adelaide was sparkling like a hazy diamond in the night when the city was illuminated by gas.

1884 - A simple lesson for men to change their socks more often!!! Henrietta Dugdale and Annette Bean had been darning too many socks for the menfolk - their heads had obviously been turned (as had possibly their stomachs) by the odourous smell assaulting their senses so they formed the Women's Suffrage Society in Melbourne on this day.

1889 - Sydney's tallest building, the head office of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia, opened. It stood more than 34 metres above street level.

1892 - During a day of wild weather all over the state of Victoria that caused much damage, a cyclone hit Ballarat resulting in extensive damage to buildings, numerous people were injured and 2 lives were lost.

1892 - Newspapers reported that the unemployment situation was so bad, some families were selling their own clothes to buy food.

1899 - Essendon....

07:24

$20k on offer for pollinator projects "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ceder and Stuart Anderson with one of their Flow Hives. Photo supplied.

Entries close soon for a $20,000 funding pool to kickstart pollinator projects.

Beeinventive, the company behind crowdfunding success story Flow Hive, is offering $20,000 to schools and community groups to help make the world a better place for pollinating insects.

Projects may involve direct action such as habitat restoration and preservation, education, or advocacy.

Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson said, The funding we are making available is something small we can do to help some of the many groups already working to help the worlds 20,000 species of solitary bees and other native pollinators.

Submissions must be received by June 28 and not-for-profits, schools and community groups can outline their project at www.honeyflow.com.au/pollinator-support.

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07:19

Ideas at forefront for written festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Writers Festival Vice Chair Adam van Kempen and Festival Director Edwina Johnson clutching the full program for the 2018 festival released today

After many months of careful curation, the full program for this years Byron Writers Festival has been released, profiling 140 writers and thinkers who will converge at the Elements of Byron resort from August 3 till 5.

Festival director Edwina Johnson says, Were thrilled at how well this years program has been received. Our office phone has been running hot and lots of lovely locals have dropped by to snap up Sundays locals tickets. Were also delighted to discover that many people are coming as a group with their book clubs.

Drawing the regions creative minds and national and international headliners, the festival will again feature inspiring true stories and writers of fiction, politics, society, environment, science, art, music, comedy and children and young adults. Theres something for everyone and apart from the festival itself, there are diverse writers workshops and evening events in Byron Bay and the wider northern rivers region.

True stories

Sharing their inspiring true stories will be young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), sexual assault survivor Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and music teacher of Afghan children, Eddie Ayres (Danger Music).

Other storytellers include Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts).

Broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kri Gslason to explore the Vikings.

Local writers

Local writers include literary luminary Robert Drewe, who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of t...

07:02

Eliezer Awom passed away, West Papuans drawn in sorrow "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.

A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.

Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.

Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.

This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.

In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.

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Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


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Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

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Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-005 "Wallaby 05" Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

During the afternoon on Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-005 was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 05".

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It is interesting to note that earlier in the day, A34-005 "Wallaby 05" was joined by fellow RAAF C-27J A34-009 as "Wallaby 09", along with Sytraders Pty Ltd Casa 212-400 turboprop VH-VHB as "Snowbird 4", which was completing parachute work for the Australian Army, operating low level down South-West of Warwick.

As we reported below, on Monday 18 June, a trio of Air Affairs Australia Learjets touched down at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from their Nowra base in New South Wales.  On Tuesday 19 June, they all took to the air and completed airwork in Shoalwater Bay before eventually returning to Hervey Bay.

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Amsterdams Airport Lets Travelers Swap Leftover Euros for Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.

Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Reinterpreting the song of another artist is a strong tradition in country music, perhaps more than any other genre. The catalogue of classic and iconic songs stretches back nearly a century. From The Carter Family to Hank Williams, George Jones to Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris  the collection of timeless songs to cover Continue reading

16:34

Winter Solstice "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Today is the shortest day of the year here in Sydney, and the longest in the northern hemisphere. So I thought Id celebrate with Solstice, the first chapter of Clade:

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Free health event for locals "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A group of local health professionals have banded together to provide a free health and wellbeing seminar.

Dr Heidi Mueller, Chiropractor and Functional Health Practitioner, Rebecca Abram from Be Centred Yoga and Penny Tomkinson from Step into Life Ocean Grove have designed seminars to provide valuable health tips on simple changes that can be made to improve your health and wellbeing.

They will discuss some of the challenges commonly encountered by clients, and how to overcome them.

A media release from the World Health Organisation in February 2018 identified that, Musculoskeletal conditions are the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain being the single leading cause of disability globally.

Persistent musculoskeletal pain conditions are commonly linked with depression, as they can limit mobility, earning capacity, quality of life and social involvement. As the loss of musculoskeletal function is so common in our community, it follows that the best investment in our health should be on keeping our body functioning well, our muscles and joints strong and flexible and reducing our stress levels to ensure a healthy nervous system.

The groups message is that in order to live well, physical activity, a calm mind and a healthy nervous system is essential.

The free event is at Ocean Grove Community Hub (previously Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre), 1 John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove on Tuesday 26 June at 7.30pm. To book, go www.eventbrite.com.au/o/17430395617; you call Penny on 0403-896 104.

 

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The Book Group and Shirley Hazzards Transit of Venus "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus (1980, Virago 2004 2014) Before the meeting: Serendipitously, I heard that this book had been chosen for the Book Groups June meeting just after visiting the wonderful exhibition James Cook: The Voyages at the British Continue reading

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Groundswell of zero waste living "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


Australia is getting ready for Plastic-Free July the countdown started today with a major supermarket chain stopping its handing out free single-use plastic bags.

In The Sustainable Hour on 20 June 2018, we talk with Linda Grant, an education officer based in Hamilton for the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, who has also started a zero waste group in South West Victoria called War on Waste Southern Grampians and Katie Traill and Meg Odgers from Towards Zero Waste Geelong.

Before they enter  16 minutes in Colin Mocketts global outlook takes us from Scandinavia over India to a festive event at Rokewood Hotel, where Pat Simons from Yes2Renewables gave a speech as the local community celebrated World Wind Day on 15 June 2018.

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Wednesday, 20 June

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Coastal clean-up after wild weekend "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committees foreshore rangers are busily assessing the impact of a wild weekend on the coast.

Great Ocean Road Coasts Coastal Reserves Manager Caleb Hurrell thanked members of the public who have helped the team to identify areas in need of attention up and down the coastline.

Weve seen trees down, sand lost from some beaches and widespread coastal erosion, which are common occurrences in winter.

Fallen branch at Lorne baths, storm damageFallen branch near Lorne Sea Baths, Lorne. Photo: Lorne Foreshore team.

Most of the sand lost during winter storms returns with the calmer weather building beaches back up again during summer.

A cliff fall at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea occurred, which now has warning signage in place.  The area will continue to be monitored.

Otherwise, beach access stairs at Spout Creek and 12th Avenue at Point Roadknight have been severely damaged and are closed. Both will need to be replaced.

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