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Wednesday, 20 September

05:11

Strong Earthquake Strikes New Zealand Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Heba-574M M 6.1 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude: 6.1 mww Location: 50.371S, 162.550E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Depth: 10km Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC Other Earthquakes in NZ: Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait Magnitude: 5.1 Location: 41.48S, []

02:39

Canadian court to hear case about alleged money laundering by relatives of Malaysian politician "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada has ruled that a financial disclosure case related to alleged money-laundering by relatives of the former chief minister and current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be held in public.

The case, brought by the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), targets the multinational real estate corporation  Sakto, which was incorporated in 1983 by Taibs daughter, Jamilah, and his brother, Onn Mahmud, and soon became one of the largest players in the Ottawa real estate sector.

A first hearing took place in Toronto on August 21 this year under...

Tuesday, 19 September

20:49

Orphaned Chimp Was So Scared Until He Met This Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A chimpanzee now known as Rudy was one of the youngest to ever come into the care of a sanctuary in Liberia.

Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue

Rudy arrived at Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue (LCR) after he was confiscated by Liberia Forestry Development Authority and taken in by a man named Rudolph, who runs a wildlife sanctuary for other animals in Liberia.

When Jenny and Jimmy Desmond, founders of LCR, took the baby chimp in, it seemed only fitting to name him Rudolph, "after his rescuer and Rudolph the Reindeer as he arrived at Christmastime," Jenny told The Dodo. They call him Rudy for short.

Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue

Rudy was obviously scared and confused. His family had been killed for bushmeat and he was being traded as a pet when authorities found him.

He was only a few months old, and was very pale and weak.

But before long, little Rudy was smiling again.

Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue

That's because he got the food and shelter he needed at the sanctuary but he also found someone special who helped him feel safe. 

Princess, the rescue dog the Desmonds adopted from a shelter, has become an extremely important part of the sanctuary. 

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20:34

Govt removes critical powers from proposed corruption watchdog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The government has amended draft legislation for an Independent Commission Against Corruption to remove some of its most critical powers and open the doors to political interference. This watering down of the powers of the ICAC means the government will be creating exactly the kind of 'toothless monster' the Secretary for Justice warned about in his letter to the media published on the 18th of September.

The governments changes were announced at a UPNG Seminar last week, by the Minister for Justice, Davis Stevens. He said, the government has removed the ICACs powers of arrest and prosecution and placed the Prime Minister in charge of the appointments process for the Commissioners.

ACT NOW! has been leading the campaign for the ICAC to be established with the governments first 100 days, and has collected more than 2,000 signatures on its petition, but is dismayed at the governments changes.

Denying the ICAC full powers of arrest and prosecution means it will not be able to act independently and effectively to investigate, prosecute and ensure those guilty of corruption are punished.

Instead the ICAC investigators will be dependent on other agencies like the police and public prosecutor to ensure their findings are acted upon. This has been one of the weaknesses in the existing anti-corruption bodies as police and public prosecutor are already overwhelmed, under funded and subject to political interference.

Over the past twenty years there have been numerous Commissions of Inquiry that have recommended dozens of people be prosecuted for misusing and stealing public funds, but time and again the police and public prosector have failed to follow up. The new ICAC should not be adopting this failed system.

The governments proposed ICAC will be as toothless as the Commissions of Inquiry it is supposed to improve on!

It is essential the ICAC is fully independent of other government agencies and full funded to investigate, charge and prosecute those accused of corruption.

ACT NOW! is also critical of the governments failure to publish a full copy of the draft legislation and its intention to put the Prime Minister in charge of the panel appointing the Commissioners.

The peopl...

15:23

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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04:08

8 Japan Nuclear Reactors At High Risk Of Volcano Damage, NRA Confirms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

We outlined concerns about this back in 2014. It started with the Sendai nuclear reactors and their risk for damage

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01:58

Coal plant proposal for PNG city a poor option NGO "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Lae, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZI/ Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand | 19 September, 2017 

A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in Papua New Guinea.

The proposal by Mayur Resources to build a plant on the Lae Tidal Basin has lingered for a couple of years, but failed to get a purchase agreement from PNG Power.

However Mayur had approval from PNG Ports through its re-development of Laes important port area.

But Chris Lahberger from Nogat Coal PNG said the government knew that a coal plant was not an efficient way to generate energy.

But it just looks awful as well, as PNG is a signatory to the Paris (Climate) Agreement to go one hundred percent renewable, and a coal mine with a forty year life span, Mr Lahberger said.

Mayur are now suggesting that the life span of this coal plant to be fifteen years. But the economics of that just doesnt stack up. Like you would not make your money back from your investment if you r...

01:47

Random Dog Interrupts Soccer Game Then Insists On Playing Fetch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A professional soccer game was brought to an adorable halt over the weekend in Argentina after a random dog stormed the field to have a little fun of her own.

Evidently, the pup decided that ball the players had been kicking around was hers now and she proved it by showing off some pretty impressive dribbling skills.

Credit: TyC Sports

The canine interruption began about 30 minutes into a match between San Lorenzo and Arsenal de Sarand

It's unclear exactly where the dog had come from, but she clearly arrived with purpose. After an out-of-bounds hit, a player from San Lorenzo was supposed to make a corner kick. Before the ball could be retrieved, however, the rambunctious pup leapt into action, claiming it as her own. Even as officials tried to restore order, the very happy dog persisted. She apparently wanted to goad them into playing fetch.

No one seemed to mind much, though. In fact, everyone seemed to be thoroughly charmed by the dog as revealed by TyC Sports' video of the incident and subsequent interviews with some of the players.

A reporter actually tried to interview the dog about what took place but it didn't go so well.

She decided that the microphone belonged to her now, too.

Credit: TyC Sports

San Lorenzo went on to win the match, 1-0. Did this pup have something do with that? Probably.

Either way, the team was so impressed by the presumably stray dog that they've actually given her a job. According to news outlet Ol, the stadium's groundskeeper has adopted her. She'll work on site with a few oth...

00:56

Canadian First Nations reject mining proposal after conducting their own intensive review "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The proposed location at Ppsell is a sacred, culturally and historically important site to the First Nations. Photo: Wilderness Committee

Could this be a model for communities in Papua New Guinea? 

Rather than relying on mining company propaganda, lets do our own independent assessments of mining proposals

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. wants to build the Ajax open-pit copper and gold mine near the city of Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.

The Stkemlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) representing the First Nation communities in the area conducted their own thorough 18-month review of the project and have said NO to the Ajax mine project.

The SSN reviewed 20,000 pages of information and over 300 reports. They held a public comment period and heard from over 80 experts at an oral panel hearing.

From what they le...

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