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Saturday, 14 July

19:54

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-450 Pops into Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Wednesday 11 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-450 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South as "Trojan 05".


After a little while on the ground, the Herc was spotted above departing to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

Of interest, it appears that A97-450 no longer wears the attractive tail art it was spotted with at Rockhampton Airport last year as shown below.

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Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured the photo at the top of this post from her backyard as the Herc departed!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Scott Harris  

17:37

MACKAY Mackay courthouse listings "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 14, 2018 at 03:25PM ,

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16:55

Australian Bank Bans Use of Mortgage Funds for Crypto Speculation "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australian Bank Bans Use of Mortgaged Funds for Crypto Speculation

One of Australias oldest financial institutions, Bank of Queensland, has prohibited the use of home equity loans for virtual currency speculation. The move has been attributed to concerns pertaining to the growing regulatory oversight of the cryptocurrency sector in Australia.

Also Read: Tether Announces Appointment of New Chief Compliance Officer

Bank of Queensland Cracks Down on Customers Using Mortgage Funds to Trade Crypto

Bank of Queensland has banned its customers from using loans that are leveraged against home equity for the purposes of cryptocurrency speculation due to concerns pertaining to the increasing regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency activities in Australia.

Contracts issued by Bank of Queensland will now caution prospective borrowers any loan purpose that involves the acquisition of or usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The Australia...

11:11

Little Animal With Sweet Tooth Gets Head Stuck In Nutella Jar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sometimes, having a sweet tooth can get you into trouble.

That was the problem for one little possum in Loganholme, Australia, last week when he stumbled upon an open jar of Nutella that someone had thrown away.

Hoping to get a taste of what was left in the jar, he stuck his head inside and then couldnt get it back out.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

A man walking his dog saw the struggling critter, and knew right away he needed help. Brushtail possums typically eat sweet eucalyptus, flowers and fruits so it was no surprise he wanted to snack on the sweet hazelnut spread.

The man called the local RSPCA and wildlife officer Chantel Sibilla was on the scene to help the troubled animal within minutes.

I wanted to call him Nutty the moment I saw him there, she told The Jimboomba Times. You know you have a problem when you end up in a situation like that.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

Sibilla put some grease around the neck of the jar and gently twisted it off from around the possums head. Theres no way of knowing how long the little guy had been stuck but if it had been much longer, he likely wouldnt have made it.

The most amazing thing was the way he tried to help me out, grabbing the jar with his little paws so he helped me lever it off, Sibilla said. Possums can scream and carry on, but not this little guy. He seemed perfectly happy where he was.

Sibilla wrapped the possum in a towel and brought him to the animal hospital for a checkup. They had to make sure he wasnt injured or dehydrated from his sticky run-in before releasing him back to the wild.
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09:58

Mangroves and their deforestation may emit more methane than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mangroves, the dense tangled forests that buffer land from sea in many coastal areas of the tropics, are renowned for their ability to store carbon and help fight climate change. But new research finds mangroves may emit more carbon as methane than previously estimated emissions made even worse by deforestation. The ability of mangroves to sequester carbon in the ground termed blue carbon is unparalleled, with previous research finding a tract of mangrove can bury 40 times more carbon than a similarly sized area of rainforest. But what exactly happens to this carbon once its in the ground has been something of a mystery. So scientists at universities in Australia decided to find out by examining the soil carbon stored beneath mangroves in Queensland. Dr. Judith Rosentreter, a coauthor of the study, in a mangrove creek in North Queensland, Australia. Her research interest are in carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions from mangrove ecosystems. Photo by Jacob Yeo Their results, published in Science Advances, reveal that mangrove soil carbon doesnt remain stored in perpetuity. Some of it is transformed from carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) by tiny microorganisims called archea, and is then released back into the atmosphere. Methane has a much bigger warming impact than carbon dioxide 34 to 86 times more powerful so even a bit of methane has the potential to offset mangrove CO2 storage. Ultimately, the team found that the methane released from mangrove soil carbon offsets blue carbon burial

09:06

Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.

In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.

05:03

MACKAY Mackay man pleads guilty to more than a dozen crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 13, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Mackay man pleads guilty to more than a dozen crimes

July 13, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

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00:42

Bank of Queensland Bans Crypto Purchases Using Home Equity Loans "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australian retail lender Bank of Queensland is updating its borrowers loan contracts to keep them from purchasing cryptocurrency using mortgage funds. Brisbane-based Bank of Queensland, a retail bank listed on Australias primary stock exchange is discouraging its borrowers from using real-estate mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency after deeming it a high-risk investment, according to the Australian

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00:22

Madagascars native fauna defenseless against toxic invasive toads "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Madagascar is facing an invasion. Not military, but amphibian. Toxic Asian common toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) have spread rapidly around the port city of Toamasina on the countrys east coast. The invasion has raised concerns that the amphibians could take a severe toll on Madagascars wildlife species, approximately 70 percent of which are endemic to the island. A paper published last month vindicates those concerns: through a genetic analysis of 77 Malagasy species, scientists found that just one demonstrated clear resistance to toad toxins. Our findings stress the importance of the timely investment of resources to monitor and control the spread of this alien species in order to prevent a worsening biodiversity crisis in Madagascar, the scientists write in the journal Current Biology. Asian common toads secrete a milky fluid from special glands behind their eyes when threatened. The fluid contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides, which can kill predators, including humans. Toxin-secreting parotid glands are visible as a large sac behind each eye. Image courtesy of JamesReardon.org. If sufficient cardiac glycosides are present, then the affected individual can suffer from an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and death, study co-author Nicholas Casewell, an expert in snake venom with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the U.K., told Mongabay via email. The situation has drawn fearful comparisons to a devastating invasion of toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in Queensland, Australia. The species was introduced from South America in 1935 to control agricultural pests. No one foresaw

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Friday, 13 July

20:13

Areas in Australia recording coldest temps in more than a decade "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have been shivering across the country this winter, but a cold air mass combined with clear skies and light winds caused the mercury to really plummet last night. A slow-moving high pressure system will continue to cause notably cold mornings across much of central, southern and eastern Australia during the next three days, leading to widespread frost and fog each morning until Sunday. Some southern parts of the Northern Territory and a few places in southwest Queensland had their coldest morning in three to seven years. After a night of steady cooling, the temperature in Queensland town of Thargomindah dropped to a low of 0.2 degrees just before 7am today - the site's coldest morning since 2012.

19:48

Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Completes Flights out and back to Mackay Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

It was a busy day at Mackay Airport on Tuesday 10 July for locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ with it noted completing two flights to Brisbane and one back into the sugar city.

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UPDATE!  N142GZ reversed its Tuesday flights on Thursday 12 July completing two flights from Brisbane into Mackay Airport and one back to Brisbane.  I suspect that N142GZ might have ferried people to and from Brisbane to watch the third State of Origin rugby league game.

As mentioned below, late on Tuesday 10 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It returned to Brisbane a little while later.

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" made an early arrival into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of movements into Mackay Airport, Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-TTX was back on Tuesday 10 July arriving direct from its Toowoomba base and departing to Bowen and Gladstone Airports before returning to Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  VH-TTX did the same on Wednesday 11 July.

Also on Tuesday 10 July, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH arrived in Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It is due to depart to Emerald Airport and stay for the night.  VH-WPH is then due to continue to Roma Airport on Wednesday 11 July.

While Brisbane-based Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-ZOO departed Mackay Airport for Archerfield.  It had arrived on Sunday 8 July.

Finally, a pair of interesting helicopters visiting Mackay Airport also on Tuesday 10 July included Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD which was noted visiting from its Townsville base as "Rescue 521".

While Parklea (Air Services) (of Victoria) Agusta AW109SP helicopter VH-CZT was noted departing Mackay Airport for Rockhampton Airport and then points further S...

09:28

Australian Bank Bans Use of Home Equity Loans for Crypto Trading "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The Australian Bank of Queensland has barred the use lines of credit from home equity loans in purchasing cryptocurrencies

04:00

Greenpeace and GetUp launch campaign to kill national energy guarantee "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exclusive: Television ads in Victoria and Queensland aim to get state governments to veto Turnbull's set piece policyThe Queensland and Victorian governments will be hit with a new television advertising campaign in an effort to persuade them to torpedo the national energy guarantee at a critical meeting in early August.The activist group GetUp has combined with Greenpeace to bankroll what it describes as hard-hitting television advertisements targeting the two Labor-held states ahead of a [...]

Thursday, 12 July

23:17

Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

An Australian foreign exchange has revised its own contract terms to prohibit borrowers from using loans like mortgages to buy cryptocurrency. According a report by Australia Finance Review on Thursday, Bank of Queensland, that will be publicly traded on Australias stock market and one of the nations oldest retail banks, has supported the shift of the loan arrangements, which now state any loan purpose which involves the acquisition of usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The move is the consequence of concerns over latest price volatility of the cryptocurrency marketplace, in addition to Australian authorities increasing scrutiny within the nascent distance, the report stated.

As previously mentioned by CoinDesk, Austrac, the nations financial intelligence agency, announced a brand new rule mandating know your client steps across crypto exchanges in Apr of this year. The Australia Taxation Office has also been seeking public opinions on how exactly should best tax gains made from cryptocurrency trading. Bank of Queenslands decision comes as many other creditors in Australia are discouraging borrowers from using real estate mortgages to create high risk investments. Citing an anonymous broker in the market, the report stated lenders within the country are monitoring borrowers accounts for signals funds are being used to trade or buy cryptocurrencies.

Theyre concerned since the Australian Tax Office, the Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Austrac are running all over it, the agent was quoted as stating. More broadly, major banks internationally like JP Morgan Chase, Citi and Bank of America have lately moved to prohibit users from using credit lines to buy cryptocurrency over worries that a volatile marketplace could depart borrowers struggling to repay their debts. Contract signing picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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22:00

Bank of Queensland Rules Out Crypto Purchases With Mortgage Funds "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The Australian retail bank has revised its loan agreements to prohibit borrowers from using mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency.

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