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Friday, 16 February

00:42

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

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Thursday, 15 February

23:05

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670 "Dingo 13" Pops into Gladstone Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Monday 12 February, a nice surprise visitor to Gladstone Airport was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-670.  It arrived from Townsville.

A32-670 at Gladstone Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After taking on fuel, A32-670 departed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

A32-670 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dingo 13".

Photo taken by 'Mick' 

23:04

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-671 "Dingo 27" Pops into Bundaberg Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Thursday 15 February, another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft was noted visiting Central Queensland with A32-671 completing airwork around the Fraser Coast before landing at Bundaberg Airport.

File photo
Flying as "Dingo 27", A32-671 was heard to initially complete airwork including a missed approach at Gayndah Aerodrome before landing at Bundaberg Airport.  After a short while on the ground, A32-671 departed Bundy for RAAF Base Amberley.

During the late afternoon / early evening, A32-671 "Dingo 27" was heard to be flying North from Amberley to Townsville.

21:57

Sweet 16, as Queensland jobs growth surges "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

16 on the bounce

Yet another month of employment growth, this time up a seasonally adjusted +16,000 to 12,453,500, to make it 16 gains in a row, which is a record for the Australian economy. 


Annual employment growth remained very strong at +403,000 or +3.35 per cent, but this month there was a wild swing towards part-time work, which stripped the positive sheen off the result. 

By far and away the most jobs were added in Queensland in the month at +19,700, although this month's gains were of the part-time vintage. 

Queensland's economy added +118,000 jobs over the past year, which represents a huge rate of statewide employment growth at +5 per cent, with +91,600 of those being full-time positions.


The participation rate was down a notch in January, but the trend has been up to around the highest level in 7 years, with Queensland being one of the states to see a marked lift in recent times. 


Unemployment rate flattening...

18:11

MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "GroovUs Feed Anews"

MACKAY February 15, 2018 at 06:15AM ,

Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction

February 15, 2018 at 06:15AM ,

A WOMAN hospitalised with a broken rib and a punctured lungs after a domestic dispute with her former partner told police she suffered the injuries in an unfortunate fall. The womans former boyfriend, a 30-year-old Mackay welder, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to

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11:56

Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:

LUCA BRASI THE LET IT SLIP TOUR

with special guests
A.SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS & ISLA KA

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne lucabrasi.com.au

Tickets via lucabrasi.com.au

11:45

Screamfeeder "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SCREAMFEEDER

With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon

 

Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.

 

2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  

 

Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.

 

Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space

 

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11:12

MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 15, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts

February 15, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison. Brown wore a face mask to protect against a mumps outbreak in Capricornia Correctional Centre. He pleaded guilty to 10 new charges, including five counts of car theft, two petrol drive-offs and one count each of

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09:08

Battery boom backing Australias power "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australians are in love with batteries and the bond of storage is only expected to grow stronger over coming years.

A new report from the Climate Council finds the market for household batteries tripled in 2017, with more than 20,000 new installations.

The year before, just 6750 households put in batteries.

As well, South Australia installed the high-profile Tesla mega battery and now Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory are following suit, while the federal, Queensland and Tasmanian governments are considering developing pumped hydro storage projects.

The council expects the storage boom to continue as prices drop.

The cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 80 per cent over the past seven years and is predicted to at least halve again by 2025.

This makes batteries and other forms of storage increasingly competitive with peaking gas plants especially with gas prices soaring for underpinning renewable energy generation.

Australias renewables and battery storage boom will keep the nations power grid fully charged, especially during extreme weather events, such as summer heatwaves, climate councillor Andrew Stock said on Wednesday.

We live in one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world, so pairing affordable renewables with energy storage like batteries, pumped hydro and heat storage just makes economic sense.

Polling in the report finds three-quarters of Australians expect household batteries to become commonplace during the next decade.

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08:00

February 15 On This Day In Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but shhhhh....it wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...

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Wednesday, 14 February

14:11

MACKAY Local News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, 14th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 14, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Local News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, 14th of February, 2018

February 14, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

The 29 year old faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Thursday after missing a court appearance in January. The court issued a warrant for her arrest and she was later found on the top of a cupboard in a house used by squatters. She has been charged with breaking into a home and stealing a

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08:59

End Joyce saga today or tomorrow: Nats MP "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Dan Peled

At least one Nationals MP wants the future of leader Barnaby Joyce settled in the next 24 hours.

The deputy prime minister is hanging on to his job despite some of his colleagues pushing him to resign following the public exposure of his extra marital affair.

The relationship with his now pregnant partner and former staffer Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds and has somewhat undermined his authority as party leader.

I hope this doesnt go on too much longer, Nationals backbencher Ken ODowd told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Id hope to have it resolved today or tomorrow.

Mr ODowd does not think any his colleagues will move against Mr Joyce, 50, preferring instead to have a talk to him about his future.

Someone needs to tell him where the party stands at this stage and it will be a cordial meeting.

Mr Joyce told a meeting of coalition MPs meeting on Tuesday he was determined to get through this time of trial.

Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack, who has twice missed out on becoming deputy leader, denied having conversations with colleagues to replace Mr Joyce.

No I havent, he told reporters on Tuesday night.

Cabinet minister and Queensland MP David Littleproud told ABC radio that of course Mr Joyce had the support of most Nationals MPs.Backbencher Michelle Landry believes the party should give Mr Joyce a bit of personal time to sort this out.

As far as Im concerned everything is above board with the offices and hes there to stay, she told reporters.

I believe that Barnaby will remain our leader I think we need to give him a fair go with it.

AAP understands a group of about four or five Nationals MPs was trying to get Mr Joyce to resign, but didnt have the numbers in the 21-member party room to force a change.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relative...

07:11

MACKAY Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear

February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

Colin James Walters case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, before Magistrate Mark Nolan. Walters has been charged with 12 counts of unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus between February 20, 2017 and September 11, 2017. The charges are linked to the waters of Nebo

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Tuesday, 13 February

21:49

Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.

21:23

Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and Continued

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16:57

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,....

15:44

Violent Soho, Illy & Dune Rats lead an awesome Big Pineapple Fest lineup "GroovUs Feed Anews"

If theres one thing we should be used to now, its Queenslands Big Pineapple Music Festival delivering an awesome lineup of stunning artists. Of course, proving that 2018 is no different, festival organisers have just let slip the wide array of killer bands theyve scored for this years festivities.

Following a huge fest in 2017 which saw the likes of Birds Of Tokyo and Peking Duk descend upon the Sunshine Coast town of Woombye, the Big Pineapple Music Festival clearly had some big shoes to fill this year. But of course, theyve knocked it out of the park.

Leading this years lineup is the ever-popular Violent Soho, who join Illy, Dune Rats, and The Preatures in a stunning celebration of Aussie rock. Allday, Hayden James, Cub Sport, and Cog also join the bill, proving that punters are definitely going to be spoilt for choice this year.

But of course, it doesnt stop there, with reformed hip-hop legends Butterfingers coming along for the ride, joining Crooked Colours, E^ST, Tired Lion, Kim Churchill, Northeast Party House, and triple j Unearthed High winner Arno Faraji for what is set to be a huge year for music festival fans.

With this year featuring the addition of an extra stage (bringing the total to five), punters also have the option of turning this one day festival into a camping weekend, with tickets available to let you camp on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Its all set to kick off on Saturday, May 26th in Woombye, Queensland, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Thursday, February 15th.

Check out Violent Sohos Viceroy:

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Violent Soho
Illy
Dune Rats
The Preatures
Allday
Hayden James
Cub Sport
Cog

Plus in alphabetical order..

Butterfingers
Crooked Colours
E^ST
Kilter
Kim Churchill
Luke Million
Northeast Party House
Shockone
Tired Lion

Arno Faraji
Carmouflage Rose
Clews
Doolie
Greta Stanley
Hobo Magic
Imbi The Girl
Kira Puru
Maddy Jane
Moody Beach
Mookh....

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