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    New Zealand's Whanganui River granted legal status as a person after 170-year battle

    Updated about 4 hours ago
    PHOTO: The Whanganui river is sacred to New Zealand's Maori people. (Supplied: Wikimedia)
    MAP: New Zealand
    A river in New Zealand has become the first landmark in the world to be recognised as a living entity, after a 170-year battle.
    The Whanganui River, which flows 145 kilometres from the central North Island to the sea, was given legal personhood by the country's parliament on Wednesday.
    The river is a sacred and revered waterway to New Zealand's Maori Iwi people and its interests will now be represented by an Indigenous group.











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    MAP: Whanganui River


    It will be jointly represented by a member appointed by the Maori community, and one appointed by the government.
    The country's Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said the passing of the Te Awa Tupua Bill was a battle hard fought for.
    "Whanganui Iwi has fought for recognition of its relationship with the Whanganui River since the 1870s," he said.
    "Today brings the longest running litigation in New Zealand's history to an end."
    Negotiations between New Zealand's government and Whanganui Iwi formally began in 2009.
    A legal revolution


    How the Te Awa Tupua Bill recognises the Maori connection to the environment and shifting assumptions about human control of the natural world.


    The Whanganui River Deed of Settlement was signed in 2014 and legislation was introduced in 2016.
    Mr Finlayson said the approach to granting a river legal personality was unique.
    "It responds to the view of the Iwi of the Whanganui River which has long recognised Te Awa Tupua through its traditions, customs and practise.
    "This legislation recognises the deep spiritual connection between the Whanganui Iwi and its ancestral river and creates a strong platform for the future of Whanganui River."
    Gerrard Albert, a spokesperson for the local Maori people, told the Telegraph the community had long been concerned about the government's impact on the "health and wellbeing" of the river.
    "We have always believed that the Whanganui River is an indivisible and living whole — Te Awa Tupua — which includes all its physical and spiritual elements from the mountains of the central North Island to the sea," he said.
    "It has been a long, hard battle ... While today we close the book on this part of our history, tomorrow we start writing a new one."


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    Watch SA Premier Jay Weatherill shirtfront Josh Frydenberg over energy policy

    By political reporter Jane Norman
    Updated 52 minutes ago
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    VIDEO: Watch South Australia's Premier shirtfront the Federal Energy Minister on live TV (ABC News)

    RELATED STORY: 'World's largest virtual power plant' switched on in Adelaide
    RELATED STORY: PM announces $2b scheme to supercharge Snowy Hydro
    MAP: SA

    Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have clashed during a bizarre press conference that descended into a slanging match over energy policy.
    The Federal Government has been relentlessly attacking South Australia's approach to energy and its over-reliance on renewable sources, since last year's state-wide black out.


    Mr Weatherill this week announced a half-a-billion dollar plan to shore up the state's fragile power supply, which was dismissed as a "$550 million admission of failure" by Mr Frydenberg, who accused the state of trying to "go it alone".
    In Adelaide to launch a federally funded "virtual power plant", Mr Frydenberg found himself seated awkwardly between Mr Weatherill and South Australia's Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, and then conducting a joint press conference with the Premier.
    PHOTO: Jay Weatherill, Josh Frydenberg and SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis. (ABC News: Nick Harmsen)

    Mr Frydenberg laughed when asked if "it was all a bit awkward", but Mr Weatherill told reporters "it's about to be" before laying into the Federal Government.
    Play (4.3 MB)
    GIF: The moment Jay Weatherill decides to take the press conference off the rails.


    The Premier said it was "galling" to be standing beside Mr Frydenberg after he and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had spent the past six months "bagging South Australia at every step of the way".
    "It's a disgrace the way in which your Government has treated our state," he said.
    "It is the most anti-South Australian Commonwealth government in living history."


    Maintaining a straight face as Mr Weatherill unloaded, Mr Frydenberg accused a "desperate" Premier of "crash tackling" his announcement.
    Mr Frydenberg later described Mr Weatherill's actions as "unbecoming, childish and unacceptable".
    The 20-minute press conference, which was broadcast live on ABC TV, highlighted the fractious relationship between South Australia and the Commonwealth.
    South Australia this week announced plans to build a new gas-fired power plant and develop Australia's largest battery to help secure its energy supplies.
    The 250-megawatt gas-fired plant would provide power grid stability and service emergency power needs.
    The state has been plagued by power loss and energy shortages over the past six months.
    Rolling blackouts were ordered last month as Adelaide sweltered through a heatwave.
    Last week, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said he could solve South Australia's energy woes.
    The boss of Tesla and Space X claimed his company could install a battery farm capable of "fixing" the system within 100 days, or else do it for free.
    Watch SA Premier Jay Weatherill shirtfront Josh Frydenberg over energy policy

    By political reporter Jane Norman
    Updated 52 minutes ago
    Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.





























    VIDEO: Watch South Australia's Premier shirtfront the Federal Energy Minister on live TV (ABC News)

    RELATED STORY: 'World's largest virtual power plant' switched on in Adelaide
    RELATED STORY: PM announces $2b scheme to supercharge Snowy Hydro
    MAP: SA

    Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have clashed during a bizarre press conference that descended into a slanging match over energy policy.
    The Federal Government has been relentlessly attacking South Australia's approach to energy and its over-reliance on renewable sources, since last year's state-wide black out.


    Mr Weatherill this week announced a half-a-billion dollar plan to shore up the state's fragile power supply, which was dismissed as a "$550 million admission of failure" by Mr Frydenberg, who accused the state of trying to "go it alone".
    In Adelaide to launch a federally funded "virtual power plant", Mr Frydenberg found himself seated awkwardly between Mr Weatherill and South Australia's Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, and then conducting a joint press conference with the Premier.
    PHOTO: Jay Weatherill, Josh Frydenberg and SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis. (ABC News: Nick Harmsen)

    Mr Frydenberg laughed when asked if "it was all a bit awkward", but Mr Weatherill told reporters "it's about to be" before laying into the Federal Government.
    Play (4.3 MB)
    GIF: The moment Jay Weatherill decides to take the press conference off the rails.


    The Premier said it was "galling" to be standing beside Mr Frydenberg after he and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had spent the past six months "bagging South Australia at every step of the way".
    "It's a disgrace the way in which your Government has treated our state," he said.
    "It is the most anti-South Australian Commonwealth government in living history."


    Maintaining a straight face as Mr Weatherill unloaded, Mr Frydenberg accused a "desperate" Premier of "crash tackling" his announcement.
    Mr Frydenberg later described Mr Weatherill's actions as "unbecoming, childish and unacceptable".
    The 20-minute press conference, which was broadcast live on ABC TV, highlighted the fractious relationship between South Australia and the Commonwealth.
    South Australia this week announced plans to build a new gas-fired power plant and develop Australia's largest battery to help secure its energy supplies.
    The 250-megawatt gas-fired plant would provide power grid stability and service emergency power needs.
    The state has been plagued by power loss and energy shortages over the past six months.
    Rolling blackouts were ordered last month as Adelaide sweltered through a heatwave.
    Last week, billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said he could solve South Australia's energy woes.
    The boss of Tesla and Space X claimed his company could install a battery farm capable of "fixing" the system within 100 days, or else do it for free.

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    • #3
      Ganga is now legally a person! Uttarakhand HC recognizes River Ganga as first living entity of India

      24. MARCH 2017 BY PRABHUPADA NEWS1 COMMENT
      “Thus I went to Bengal, and I was very happy to see My mother, the River Ganges and the devotees.” (CC Madhya 17.72)
      Ganga is now legally a person!
      Uttarakhand HC recognizes River Ganga as first living entity of India

      By Rashmi Mishra | Published: March 20, 2017
      Most of the millennial grown up in the Hindu Indian households have seen River Ganga as goddess like figure in mythological serials. Well, on March 20, Uttarakhand High Court legally recognized Ganga River as a person. The Ganges has been recognized as India’s first living entity, in a landmark ruling by the Uttarakhand High Court. One of the largest rivers in India, River Ganges is considered to be the holiest and holds a high place in the mythology of India.
      High Court has directed the Centre to recognize River Ganga and River Yamuna as living entities of India. The court also ruled the government to form a Ganga Administration Board for cleaning and better maintenance of the most important and scared river of the country.
      Earlier in the month, the Uttarakhand high court came heavily down upon the Union and Uttarakhand state government for doing “nothing concrete” to clean the Ganga River. The HC slammed them for wasting efforts on reviving a lost River Saraswati but not taking efforts on maintaining the River Ganga which if given proper attention will once again flow in its full glory. They noticed a lot of effort was going into tracing the “invisible” Sarawasti River but the visible river was getting no attention. “The Ganga should be saved for the generations to come,” the court added.
      A similar ruling was passed out in New Zealand when their parliament passed a bill declaring 145km long Whanganui River as a living entity. The river became the first in the world to be legally recognised as a living entity and was granted the same rights as a human being. Well, River Ganga of India joins the coveted list of rivers given the same rights as of a human.

      Ganga is now legally a person! Uttarakhand HC recognizes River Ganga as first living entity of India

      24. MARCH 2017 BY PRABHUPADA NEWS1 COMMENT
      “Thus I went to Bengal, and I was very happy to see My mother, the River Ganges and the devotees.” (CC Madhya 17.72)
      Ganga is now legally a person!
      Uttarakhand HC recognizes River Ganga as first living entity of India

      By Rashmi Mishra | Published: March 20, 2017
      Most of the millennial grown up in the Hindu Indian households have seen River Ganga as goddess like figure in mythological serials. Well, on March 20, Uttarakhand High Court legally recognized Ganga River as a person. The Ganges has been recognized as India’s first living entity, in a landmark ruling by the Uttarakhand High Court. One of the largest rivers in India, River Ganges is considered to be the holiest and holds a high place in the mythology of India.
      High Court has directed the Centre to recognize River Ganga and River Yamuna as living entities of India. The court also ruled the government to form a Ganga Administration Board for cleaning and better maintenance of the most important and scared river of the country.
      Earlier in the month, the Uttarakhand high court came heavily down upon the Union and Uttarakhand state government for doing “nothing concrete” to clean the Ganga River. The HC slammed them for wasting efforts on reviving a lost River Saraswati but not taking efforts on maintaining the River Ganga which if given proper attention will once again flow in its full glory. They noticed a lot of effort was going into tracing the “invisible” Sarawasti River but the visible river was getting no attention. “The Ganga should be saved for the generations to come,” the court added.
      A similar ruling was passed out in New Zealand when their parliament passed a bill declaring 145km long Whanganui River as a living entity. The river became the first in the world to be legally recognised as a living entity and was granted the same rights as a human being. Well, River Ganga of India joins the coveted list of rivers given the same rights as of a human.





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      • #4
        Something is definitely going on here and now on earth. Two sacred rivers are given legal status as living beings. Are rivers or springs alive and capable of delivering healing to human physicality? Myth, superstition or science? 164th. KSW.

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        • #5
          Is it thus correct ethos to implant huge mechanical structures like dams and turbines into the living veins and arteries of Mother Earth simply to prove incorrect assumptions about power generation? To gouge huge wounds into her skin to extract minerals for building roads, cities or military weapons? Is it correct ethos to do the same implanting and gouging in our own bodies based on incorrect medical assumptions and lack of knowledge or understanding of totality?

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          • #6
            Water, it seems, is truly the life blood of our planet. Now scientifically proven. 164th. KSW.

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            • #7
              164th. KSW. A REAL AND LOUD WAKE UP CALL.

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              • #8
                There is an old saying,"It is better to give than receive". By giving we receive more. 164th. KSW.

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                • #9
                  [INDENT=2]How a Melbourne VR project is helping NASA astronauts go to space[/INDENT]
                  [INDENT=2] POSTED SAT 25 MAR 2017, 1:32PM

                  Updated Sat 25 Mar 2017, 1:39pm





                  By Jo Lauder, Ange McCormack


                  • How a Melbourne VR project is helping NASA astronauts go to space
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                  [INDENT=2] When Melbourne game developer Emre Deniz posted some screenshots of his Virtual Reality project Earthlight to Reddit, he was just hoping to get some feedback from fellow space and gaming nerds.
                  He didn’t expect the post would totally blow the community away, and have engineers at NASA come knocking.
                  “In the morning I had contact from three different NASA laboratories,” Emre told Hack.
                  I was basically shaking with anxiety. It’s not everyday that you get private messages from NASA.
                  “They were really eager to find out about the work we were doing.”
                  Earthlight is an incredibly lifelike and immersive simulation of space, created by Emre’s gaming company Opaque Media. It’s a game that’s played in virtual reality, using a headset like this one that Hack space cadet / reporter Jo Lauder tried out.
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                  The interest the project received on Reddit has led the team to collaborating with NASA on the game; Opaque has been conducting tests at NASA’s Hybrid Reality Lab to develop Earthlight as a training tool for the next generation of NASA astronauts and engineers.
                  In other words: a Melbourne-based project built on a whim is preparing real-life astronauts for their journeys in space.
                  “As a team we sat down and said, what could we build?" Emre says.
                  We built the International Space Station in VR because that’s apparently what you do when you get bored. That’s how Earthlight started.
                  “I wouldn’t describe it as some sort of grand vision, it started off as a tech demo, and everybody freaked out. We then realised we had the opportunity to take people to space in VR.”
                  Emre says NASA does have its own simulation training systems for astronauts, but Earthlight will provide an easier, more accessible alternative for training.

                  Emre Deniz playing Earthlight on a gravity offload system at NASA.

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                  “It takes several hours for a NASA astronaut candidate to have a dive. It’s an undertaking that involves about 40 to 50 people at least.
                  “All they’re trying to do at this point is to get the astronaut to gain a level of familiarity. In vr you end up developing some skills and a sense of navigation in this environment that doesn’t involve a 40 person team.”
                  Aside from helping space cadets find their feet, part of Earthlight's goal is to bring an authentic, accessible space experience to the people - providing the most authentic outer-space experience while keeping two feet on planet earth.
                  It’s difficult to describe how immersive, lifelike and breathtaking Earthlight is on paper; even the epic pictures don’t really do any VR experience justice.
                  But listening to how it works gives you a better idea. Hear Jo Lauder's first space walk experience below.

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                  • #10
                    Listen and feel the change.

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                    • #11
                      The Nonna effect. I love it.
                      Solar panel installations 'skyrocket' in Australia

                      By consumer affairs reporter Amy Bainbridge
                      Updated Fri at 12:38pm
                      PHOTO: Warwick and Lola Neilly have saved hundreds of dollars by installing solar panels on their roof. (ABC News: Chris Le Page)
                      RELATED STORY: Power 'gradually' returning after SA plunged into darkness
                      RELATED STORY: SA has already reached its 2025 renewable energy target
                      RELATED STORY: Solar power boom helps Queenslanders slash bills
                      MAP: Australia


                      There has been a big surge in the number of households installing solar panels, with March installations reaching their highest level in almost five years.
                      Key points:
                      • Solar panels were installed on about 15,000 homes and businesses in March 2017
                      • Installations have hit their highest level in almost five years
                      • Experts say rising electricity bills and recent blackouts in SA are turning people to solar

                      Warwick Johnston from energy consultancy firm Sunwiz crunched the numbers and said 91 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems were installed during the month.
                      "March has been a very impressive month for 2017," he said.
                      "We already saw a surge starting to build up in 2016, and we were wondering if that was going to continue into 2017 and it really has just continued to skyrocket."
                      Queensland led the way, installing 25 megawatts of capacity, which is enough to power about 5,500 homes and businesses.
                      Installations were also up in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
                      Mr Johnston said the recent blackouts in South Australia were a factor in the rising demand.
                      "People are certainly aware of the benefits of solar power and storage to offset or protect against grid blackouts, and that has been a driving factor in the uptake of solar," he said.
                      "We're seeing the uptake occur in states which weren't affected by those blackouts as well, so it really is people being aware that solar panels are a great way to beat rising electricity bills."
                      Installation figures in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT were flat.
                      Do you know more about this story? Email investigations@abc.net.au

                      'Nonna effect' sees word spread

                      PHOTO: Warwick and Lola Neilly say their solar panels mean they are now spending about $2 a month for electricity. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)
                      Warwick and Lola Neilley recently installed a four-kilowatt system on the roof of their home in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
                      "We are paying basically $2 dollars per month in electricity," Lola Neilley said.
                      "It's an incredible saving, and [there is] the peace of mind that we are not at the mercy of the commercial interest of the privatised distribution of electricity."
                      Mrs Neilley said a lot of people in her neighbourhood had installed solar panels.
                      "The council have what they called the 'nonna effect' where one grandmother installs the solar panels and tells the others," she said.
                      Sarah McNamara from the Australian Energy Council said it was not surprising consumers wanted more control over their power bills.
                      But she said it added a layer of complexity to the energy market.
                      "It gives retailers opportunities to provide attractive options for their solar PV customers in terms of the feed-in tariffs they're offering and perhaps other services as part of a retail package," she said.
                      "For the national energy market (NEM) it means there is more intermittent generation in the market.
                      "It's a good thing that there's more generation but a challenge for the NEM, because when the sun isn't shining in the area you live in then you are not able to generate electricity for your own home or to put back into the electricity market."
                      She said batteries were potentially an important part of the solution going forward.
                      "The difficulty at the moment is that batteries are still extremely expensive, around $10,000 for your average domestic-sized battery unit," she said.
                      "Overall, what we would say is what we need is good policy settings that are bipartisan at a federal and a state level, because then investors might consider investing in firm generation."
                      Topics: solar-energy, electricity-energy-and-utilities, alternative-energy, energy, environment, australia
                      Last edited by Doug MacDonald; 04-15-2017, 08:49 AM.

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                      • #12
                        This trend is led by the people. The governments must embrace Mr.Keshe's gift of collaboration or they become completely irrelevant. The health breakthroughs about to explode into the mainstream will be followed by many other breakthroughs in rapid succession and the world will change forever.

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                        • #13
                          When people can see the truth they will change.



                          1. Clarke and Dawe: The energy market explained

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                          • #14
                            John Clarke passed away last week and this was his parting gift.

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                            • #15
                              He was bush walking on Mount Abrupt. How ironic, Many amazing people, who tell the truth, have left us, or, continue here. Not only scientists and children, but also, intelligent satirists and musicians.
                              Last edited by Doug MacDonald; 04-15-2017, 01:30 PM.

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