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Tuesday, 18 September

22:06

Persistence is a key ingredient to getting a degree "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:

Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).

Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.

Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.

It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.

These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.

20:44

333 Meaning Metaphysical Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Tiple three 333 meaning, its mystical, magical, metaphysical significance and spiritual influences. Ever woken up at 3:33 am? Do you keep seeing the number 333?

The post 333 Meaning Metaphysical appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

20:15

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook Helicopters Arrive into Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

With the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018 expected to officially kick off later this week, on Tuesday 18 September, four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters were photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport, flying direct from their new base at Oakey.


The CH-47D Chinook helicopters were identified wearing the serial numbers 88181, 88182, 88183 and 88188 which are four of five which deployed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in June this year following a deployment in the United States of America (USA).




The four Chinook helicopters flew into Rockhampton Airport in formation as "Cyclops".

It is also believed that this is the first time these or any of the RSAF CH-47D model Chinook helicopters have visited Rockhampton and CQ to participate in Exercise Walla...

19:46

Brown songlark at North Wall Scarborough Marina, Scarborough, Qld. reported by Paul Turner on 17-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday.

Shining Flycatcher at Theodolite Creek Woodgate Beach reported by Gavin OMeara on 18-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830

Cotton Pygmy-goose at Kobble Creek BBQ area (nr Samsonvale Cemetery) reported by Tom Tarrant on 18-09-2018 Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994

19:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Spotted Passing Back Through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports Central Queensland Plane Spotting

During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while heading home from Townsville.



Blackhawks A25-111 as "Kopis 111", A25-104 as "Kopis 104"and A25-109 as "Kopis 109" all flew IFR into Rocky from Townsville.



19:32

Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?

Video from FarmersClimateAction 

The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.

19:12

Social contagion? Fears of copycat spread in wake of multiple accounts of strawberries contaminated with needles in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.

16:29

MACKAY Assault charges following incident in city, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Assault charges following incident in city, Mackay

September 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

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MACKAY Arrest leads to string of charges, Dysart "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Arrest leads to string of charges, Dysart

September 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

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15:40

Queensland Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

11:55

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet

The bitcoin security specialists Wizsec has recently explained to the public that the wallet that held more than 111,000 BTC did not derive from the Silk Road marketplace, and its also not one of the Mt Gox wallets. Further Wizsec detailed today that a recent article had quoted the organization by cherry-picking quotes which in turn created an editorial that has bolstered unneeded fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).

Also Read: North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting Businesses

With All the Hype Over the Last few Weeks, the 111,000 BTC Wallet Could Be Meaningless

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet Bitcoin security specialists Wizsec.

Over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a large amount of BTC that has moved from an old wallet onto a few popular trading platforms. Many people including the person who ...

01:55

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH). 

Also Read: Netherlands Largest Bank ING Group Fined $900M for Money Laundering

North Queensland Bitcoin Cash Merchant Adoption Expanded 52% Last Month

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting BusinessesOver the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region. 

North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...

01:51

Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles.  The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.

The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years.  A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets.  Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers.  There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds.  This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.

The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion.  It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator.  Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider.  Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter.  This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.

Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found.  Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected.  Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.

Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers.  Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...

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Monday, 17 September

21:16

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis guest post from Stephen Thornton Queensland Economy Watch

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis

Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.

Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:

  • The Queensland government could collect around $90 million/year in tax and fee revenue in the medium term with new jobs created and would realise significant savings in the budget in regard to decreased police, court and prison costs.
  • Consumers, once purchasing cannabis on the black market and at risk of being fined and imprisoned with the associated police record and social stigma limiting their future job prospects, would realise significant benefits by purchasing from licenced premises and also in terms of product safety. Importantly, they would also financially benefit from lower transaction costs and via a consumer surplus as the scheme matured and the price of cannabis decreased in a competitive environment.

Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population.

Number of cannabis arrests 1997-98 to 2015-16 (NSW, Vic, Q...

20:17

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Mitchel 13" Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.





A30-001 appeared to fly up to Rocky from the South and after it completed its airwork the Wedgetail returned back to the South.

A30-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Mitchel 13".

Of interest and as we've noted during its other visits to CQ in recent weeks, A30-001 also still wears a sticker on the rear part of its fuselage commemorating the 100th year of the Royal Air Force (RAF) - United Kingdom - with the Wedgetail recently participating in Royal International Tattoo which...

19:54

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 16, 2018 at 06:46PM ,

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September 16, 2018 at 06:46PM ,

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07:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought Motorbike Writer

As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500. 

Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.

Click here for more details on how everyone can join the Ride Against Drought and help our farmers.Ride Against Drought Rotacyclists IFMR donate to Ride Against Drought Rotary

Humanitarian aid

Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.

Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service. 

Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.

A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.

A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.

Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....

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Saturday, 15 September

08:28

Pears, hot cross buns liven up drought rations Warrego Watchman

WHEN IF the drought breaks, the southwests flocks and herds of ruminants may struggle with the monotony of their traditional vegetarian diets. In recent...

08:28

The magic of mulga and wool on display Warrego Watchman

THE ANNUAL show went bush and got political this year, with a theme titled, Magic of Mulga. The stuffs been taken for granted for generations...

08:26

Woman takes to Facebook to skite about nursing-home assault Warrego Watchman

A WOMAN was jailed for six months for forcing her way into a nursing home to bash a staff member, claiming shed insulted her daughter...

08:26

Sell-out Droughtmaster sale averages $5689 Warrego Watchman

DROUGHTMASTER stud Valera Vale sold its entire offering of 74 bulls for an average $5689 at its annual on-property sale. The top price was $14,000...

08:24

Lights go on, fuel prices plummet as Indians take over Warrego Watchman

WHEN WORD went around that Robyn and Tom Webb had sold their service station to Indians, some worried about the hotbox and its deep-fried offerings....

08:23

Got a story to tell? See Joan at the RSL Warrego Watchman

IF YOU have a yarn or an anecdote from the past 90 years, or longer, Joan Vetter would like to hear it. She intends to...

08:22

Theres movement at the station, for theres interest to be found Warrego Watchman

ITS BEEN nearly 25 years since the railway station lost its raison detre, when the Goss Labor government axed the Westlander passenger train. But, after...

08:21

Economic development role for landcare manager Warrego Watchman

SOUTH WEST NRM program manager Craig Allison has jumped ship following the landcare companys merger with two other natural resource management entities. He left last week, after...

08:20

Bulloo chief seeks fresh challenges in NSW cherry capital Warrego Watchman

BULLOO SHIRE council CEO Edwina Marks has resigned just over midway through a four-year contract to take the helm of an amalgamated council in NSW....

08:18

Jockeys hurt, horse breaks shoulder in race tumble Warrego Watchman

TWO JOCKEYS were injured and a horse had to be put down as a result of a prang in the second race at the annual...

08:15

Gleeson leaves it to older rivals to blink in shoot-off Warrego Watchman

YOU COULDNT say the young feller overanalysed the tie breaker. He lined up as casually as if it was a practise tonk in the backyard....

06:49

Friends brace for big farewell for bilbies gentle champion Warrego Watchman

PETER MCRAES work colleagues commissioned a surprise gift to be presented at the fur ball last Saturday, the eve of the 13th national bilby day....

06:30

Festival with iconic status right under their noses Warrego Watchman

WHEN IT comes to an annual outburst of expressionism, Charleville hasnt had anywhere to hang its hat or coat. Most Villains will struggle to swallow...

06:28

Biographer falls hook, line and sinker for Corones saga Warrego Watchman

WRITERS OFTEN say they dont pick their subjects, their subjects choose them. Fran Harding didnt stand a chance from the moment her pharmacist husband Gordon...

Friday, 03 August

14:28

W&J Council takes land rights fight to U.N. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MEDIA RELEASE

3 August 2018

Traditional Owners take land rights fight to U.N. to head off threat of native title extinguishment for Adani

Authorised representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson, have submitted a request to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for urgent action under the early warning and urgent action procedure.

The request to the CERD is in relation to Australias violations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, for the Committees consideration during its upcoming 96th session in Geneva. The complaint raises six violations of Australias international obligations under the Convention. (Link to the CERD submission)

The complaint was also sent to the Queensland Premier and Ministers in the Queensland Government, as well as the Foreign Affairs Minister and Federal Attorney General.

Adrian Burragubba, Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council spokesperson and cultural leader said, We are seeking the United Nations help to stop the destruction of our ancestral homelands, waters, and sacred sites by Adanis massive Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.

The threatened extinguishment of our native title rights by the Queensland Government compels us to act. We...

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