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Thursday, 21 September

01:16

Niacin: The Original Megavitamin Is More Important Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Food"

We have been discussing the importance of niacin with Dr. Andrew Saul. So far we have discussed niacins role in overcoming schizophrenia, arthritis, high blood cholesterol, as well as learning and behavior disorders. Now lets look at skin cancer and birth defect news and a general overview of Dr. Abram Hoffers research.

Dr. Andrew W. Saul has been an orthomolecular medical writer and lecturer for 41 years. Dr. Saul has taught clinical nutrition at New York Chiropractic College and postgraduate continuing education programs. He was also on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years. Two of those years were spent teaching for the university in both womens and mens penitentiaries.

Dr. Saul is editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. His bestselling book Doctor Yourself has been translated into eight languages. He has written a dozen other books, four of them as coauthor with Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Sauls educational website is www.DoctorYourself.com, the largest peer-reviewed, non-commercial natural healing resource on the Internet. He is a board member of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. Saul was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2013. He is featured in the documentaries FoodMatters and That Vitamin Movie.

New health benefits of niacin continue to be discovered. As we go to press, an Australian dermatologist, Dr. Gary Halliday, and his team have published a review in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine calling for clinical trials of niacinamide to prevent melanoma (1). Dr. Halliday, professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney, and his team see niacinamide (vitamin B3) as a low-cost way of preventing melanoma skin cancer. They point out that nicotinamide enhances DNA repair and reduces inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. The researchers point to the results from the clinical trial, which reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk individuals, and said it would be worthwhile to determine whether it would also be useful for high-risk melanoma patients.

Passwater: Dr. Saul, we have seen reports before this study about niacins protective effect against non-melanoma skin cancer. What is the most likely mechanism involved?

Saul: Niacin (or niacinamide, also called nicotinamide) reduces two key pathways to carcinogenesis: DNA damage and UV-induced
immunosuppression.

Passwater: Figure 1 graphically depicts this from the excellent article in Melanoma Letters (2) by Drs. Diona Damian, Andrew Martin and Gary Halliday, who are Australian researchers. By the way, this is an excellent article for researchers as...

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Wednesday, 20 September

13:01

Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

radical Islamic terrorists

radical Islamic terrorists

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

10:50

First Manus refugees to the US this weekend; now, stop the forced closure Refugee Action Coalition

Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later.

This is good news for these refugees who have been illegally held on Manus for four years, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, But uncertainty hangs over the future of the people on Manus. Even if the US deal is met in full, there are not enough places for all those who need protection. The government should immediately halt its moves to forcibly close the Manus detention centre until there is a safe solution for everyone on Manus Island.

The forced closue and forced transfers are pushing people into unsafe conditions in Port Moresby and East Lorengau, when there are no plans for ensuring they have a secure future.

The first appointments for Nauru refugees to receive US resettlement answers are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 21 September.

Above is a photo of Manus refugees checking the detention noticeboard yesterday.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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10:09

No full-scale biography of Carl Menger? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Interesting situation, given the number of books that have been written about second and third order intellectual figures, how come none about Carl Menger, one of the leaders of the marginal revolution and founder of the Austrian school of economics?

There is a monumental volume about Ludwig von Mises, his most influential follower and an equally wordy story about half the life of Karl Popper, another Austrian who spent a deal of time in New Zealand.

When von Mises was born the Austro-Hungarian empire encompassed Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, as well as parts of present-day Poland, Romania, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro. After World War I the empire was dismembered in the name of national self-determinism, and so the Balkans were balkanised, laying the foundations for further conflagrations up to the present day. The glory of the empire at its height can be seen from the number and size of the public buildings, monuments and museums in Old Vienna today.

Writers, scholars, administrators, entrepreneurs and revolutionaries moved backwards and forwards between the major centres of the empire. They created a rich tradition of culture and learning that was multicultural in a way that is scarcely comprehensible to Anglo-Saxons. With at least ten languages in the empire, they fed on the thoughts of Russians, Poles and Germans with the same facility that they absorbed ideas from England and France, thought their accents betrayed them when they fled to safety in the west during the 1930s.

Some of the most important threads of modern thought passed through Vienna, not necessarily through the university but also through the coffee shops and private seminars. The best known were the circles of Schoenberg (progressive music) and the Vienna Circle of logical positivists. Others included a Freud group and seminars convened by Ludwig von Mises, Karl Menger (son of the great economist) and Richard Mises (brother of Ludwig).

Karl Popper almost came to the University of Sydney in 1945. John Anderson invited him to join the staff in Philosophy but Popper delayed his decision in the hope of an offer from the London School of Economics. When that offer came Professor Anderson was spared the confrontation with a colleague as assertive and argumentative as himself.

Popper died in 1994 at the age of 92 and this is the first comprehensive book to appear on his life and work, although he detailed account stopped halfway through Poppers life....

08:26

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as

The post Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:04

Defendants With Disabilities Face Injustice At Every Level Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian inmate population is continuing its steep incline. In June this year, the number of adult inmates detained in the nations correctional facilities rose to 41,204, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. This marks a 7 percent increase over the previous 12 months. The rise is despite

The post Defendants With Disabilities Face Injustice At Every Level appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

00:41

Hells Kitchen James O'Brien

Theyre all very well dressed, Debra Lawrence said to the overlay, as we walked on to the set of Hells Kitchen, the celebrity cooking program thats screened on Australian television over the last few months. Even before the comment, she was our favourite, as we got down to the final four, ahead of the programs []

Tuesday, 19 September

23:47

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

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23:45

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.

This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.

We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.

Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.

But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.

This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.

And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.

The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

23:33

Octlantis is a Just-Discovered Underwater City Engineered by Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.

In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).

The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Octopus cities suck.


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21:06

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

Article below

NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017

 

20:27

Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

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17:11

Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

With certain publications, you know what you are getting.  You usually know well before you read them.  There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda.  That does not mean that they should not be read.  It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny.  Think the Sydney Morning Herald.  Think the Guardian.

Think also Front Page magazine which describes itself as a Project of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre:

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:

1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him

Writing last week on Hillary Clintons new book, What Happened, David Greenfield wrote some classics:

Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.

and

But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone.  Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.

If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield.  Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.

The same to you mate!  Shake your own sauce bottle!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glases as he speaks to...

13:40

MEET YOUR NEW COUNCILS

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Many new faces have been elected to local Councils as a major rebuff to the NSW Liberal Coalition State Government of Gladys Berejiklian. No Councils in TWT territory will be dominated by the out of favour Liberal Party and none will have a Liberal mayor unlike before the September 9 []

13:40

Students and mentors raise youth empowerment

Ryde MP Victor Dominello was the special guest at Marsden High School in West Ryde last Friday to congratulate students and mentors of the school based Raise Foundation Mentoring Program. This is the third year the program has run at Marsden High and is funded and supported by the NSW Government Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program. []

13:39

Diamond Anniversary for Margaret & Robert

LOCAL identities Margaret and Robert Malone chalk up a special milestone tomorrow when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary. The popular couple are pictured after their marriage on September 21, 1957 in St Josephs Catholic Church at Enfield and lived at Edgecliff, Cremorne and Epping before moving to Queensland in retirement. Margaret and Robert, who []

13:39

Mayor Mark Bennett heads new Hunters Hill Council

Hunters Hill residents will be given a direct say on how they want their council run and what they want it to do, new Mayor Clr Mark Bennett said. Mayor Bennett started work as Hunters Hills fulltime Mayor on Friday and told The Weekly Times he will honour every promise he made as an independent []

13:38

Older Person Day

Its not only red wine that improves with age HUNTERS Hill Lodge is a retirement community of serviced apartments, nestled beside the Hunters Hill Shopping Village with stunning waterfront views of Tarban Bay. Hunters Hill Lodge Village Manager Margaret Ploskodniak told The Weekly Times the Lodges hallmarks are its friendly and compassionate environment and the []

13:38

NEW LOOK RYDE CITY COUNCIL

Labors Jerome Laxale, the Liberals Sarkis Yedelian and Independent Roy Maggio have emerged as the front runners for City of Ryde Mayor. The Mayoral election will be held at the new Ryde Council Chambers, above the City of Ryde Library next Tuesday September 26 from 7pm with a vote among councillors. The Labor Party and []

13:37

Lane Cove voters punish chicken hearted Liberals

Lane Cove voters turned on Mayor Deborah Hutchens and her bed wetting Liberals who recently voted against joining Hunters Hill Councils legal action to save local democracy from Premier Gladys Berejiklians threat of abolishing the council in a forced merger. In a massive 10.6 per cent swing against the Liberals and an unprecedented 12.6 per []

13:37

HAPPY DIAMOND ANIVERSARY

CONGRATULATIONS to IRT Woolwich residents Margaret and Robert Malone who celebrate their Diamond Anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) September 21.  To mark the occasion, the couple enjoyed an anniversary lunch and game of barefoot bowls last Sunday at the Hunters Hill Club with 28 family and friends. Robert was the founding president of Ryde Eastwood []

13:36

Priorities for New Ryde Council

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN First Things First! Rydes new City Council will have several major items of urgent importance when it meets for the first time next Tuesday September 26 at 7pm. First on the agenda will be election of Mayor for the next two years with a possible three candidates for the top []

13:36

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

13:34

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting October 9 at The Eastwood Club, 6A Hillview Road, Eastwood from 6.15pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting []

13:31

All You Need Is Love with the Mamas and the Mamas

To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND THE MAMAS & the Mamas is a local Hunters Hill community choir based in Boronia Park, consisting of people who love to sing and enjoy performing. The choirs name is a playful nod to the 1960s band The Mamas and the Papas. The group started in 2009 when a []

13:30

Growing up in 1930s & 40s: The Best Years of Your Life

Five TWT readers can win copies of a new book The Best Years of Your Life by local author and international playwright George Hutchinson. George has written The Best Years of Your Life, a memoir that covers the first 15 years of his life from 1930 to 1945. In reading the book, youll learn that []

13:30

Cottage Crafts Exhibition/Sale

Epping Cottage Crafts will hold its 36th annual Christmas Exhibition & Sale from Thursday November 2 to Saturday November 4 in Eastwood Scout Hall, corner Marsden & Lawson streets, Eastwood (entry via Lawson Street). The Exhibition & Sale is open Thursday from 12 noon to 6pm; Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm. []

13:30

An experienced, impressive new Council in Hunters Hill

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT CONGRATULATIONS to the new councillors Ben Collins, Elizabeth Krassoi, Jim Sanderson and also welcome back Councillors Justine McLaughlin, Zac Miles and Former Mayor Councillor Ross Williams OAM. We are fortunate to have a mix of experienced councillors and new councillors who have an extensive and impressive range of []

12:58

Introduced Animals in Danger "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Australia is said to have the largest wild population of camels in the world after being introduced to Australian during the 19th century.

To put it into perspective, in 2008 Australias camel population was estimated at about one million and this was projected to double every 8 to 10 years.

However, camels werent the only introduced animal to Australia that are seen as pests and are at risk of possible eradication.

Dr Arian Wallach, ecologist with the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology in Sydney spoke to Kylie Sturgess on The Mag this morning to tell us more about megafauna and introduced species.

Play Dr Arian Wallach

12:51

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

10:20

Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydneys northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydneys northern beaches is being remembered as ethereal, funny, kind and gentle, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were speechless and heartbroken.

The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and Im sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly, one friend wrote.

What a loss my beautiful friend ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home, another wrote.

AAP

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10:05

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

08:17

Govt faces fresh calls for sugar tax "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

SYDNEY  [AAP]

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax as part of a plan drawn up by a coalition of health and community groups which want urgent action to tackle Australias obesity problem.

The eight-point plan includes a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, restrictions on TV junk food ads, the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, and mandatory health star ratings for food packaging by mid 2019.

The plan has been drawn up by a group of 34 leading health and community groups led by the Obesity Policy Coalition and includes the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, several universities and Nutrition Australia.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said while 63 per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of children were either overweight or obese, there is still no national strategy addressing the issue.

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

Without action, the costs of obesity and poor diet to society will only continue to spiral upwards.

The policies we have set out to tackle obesity therefore aim to not only reduce morbidity and mortality, but also improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

The OPC estimates that the annual cost of overweight and obesity in Australia between 2011 and 2012 was about $8.6 billion in direct and indirect costs including GP services, hospital care, absenteeism and government subsidies.

Ms Martin said kids were being bombarded with ads for junk food and high-sugar drinks that are cheaper than water.

Many so called healthy foods were also being laden with sugar and saturated fat.

Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult, she said.

Professor of epidemiology and equity in public health at Deakin University, Anna Peeters, said the government could no longer afford to do not...

07:36

Weve turned our unis into aimless money-grubbing exploiters of students "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Perhaps not everyone will agree with everything Ross Gittins (Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2017) has to say in this article about cuts to university funding in Australia. Nevertheless, he raises some very important points that should be noted by all of us.

Of the many stuff-ups during the now-finished era of economic reform, one of the worst is the unending backdoor privatisation of Australias universities, which began under the Hawke-Keating government and continues in the Senate as we speak.

This is not so much neoliberalism as a folly of the smaller-government brigade, since the ultimate goal for the past 30 years has been no more profound than to push university funding off the federal budget.

The first of the budget-relieving measures was the least objectionable: introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, requiring students  who gain significant private benefits from their degrees  to bear just some of the cost of those degrees, under a deferred loan-repayment scheme carefully designed to ensure it did nothing to deter students from poor families.

Likewise, allowing unis to admit suitably qualified overseas students provided they paid full freight was unobjectionable in principle.

The Howard governments scheme allowing less qualified local students to be admitted provided they paid a premium was problematic, as the academics say, and soon abandoned.

The problem is that continuing cuts in government grants to unis have kept a protracted squeeze on uni finances, prompting vice-chancellors to become obsessed with money-raising.

teaching staff to go easy on fee-paying overseas students who dont reach accepted standards of learning, form unhealthy relationships with business interests, and accept soft power grants from foreign governments and their nationals without asking awkward questions.

They pressure academics not so much to do more research as to win more research funding from the government. Interesting to compare the hours spent preparing grant applications with the hours actually doing research.

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

To motivate the researchers, those who bring in the big bucks are rewarded by being allowed to pay casuals to do their teaching for them. (This after the vice-chancellors have argued straight-faced what a crime it would be for students to be taught by someone who wasnt at the forefront of their sub-sub research speciality.)

The unis second greatest crime is the appalling way they treat those of their brightest students foolish enough to aspire to an academic career. Those who arent part-timers are kept on serial short-term contracts, leaving them open to exploitation by a...

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