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EXCLUSIVE: “No, I think you don’t know the rules because you are using VHF”

This recording was made from a ship heading to the Persian Gulf.

This is an exchange he recorded up at the top of the Gulf of Oman between Indian and Pakistani warships on a collision course at night earlier this week.

Oh dear. I hope they are cooperating up there on manoeuvres.

 

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The great con: easy New Zealand residence

International students have been left feeling ripped off after changes to immigration rules shattered their dreams of residence, according to an Indian graduate and an immigration lawyer.

Mostly Indian students then.

Applications meeting the criteria for residency under the skilled migrant category have halved since a higher points threshold was introduced five months ago.

A new overhaul of the residence rules is expected later, which might lower the bar for skilled migrants, but is likely to favour more experienced immigrants. That would leave younger graduates unable to qualify under the new criteria.

Excellent.   Looks like Winston Peters’ harping is having the right effect.  This was always a rort, and it started in India.

Immigration lawyer Alastair McClymont said he had thousands of clients who felt deceived by Immigration New Zealand’s continual references to a pathway to residence.

He said unlicensed agents in India had not slowed down their false promotion of overseas education as a route to residence since the change in the points system. Read more »

Knock me down with a feather, I agree with Rachel Smalley

Andrew Little chases another passing bus

It is rare that I agree with Rachel Smalley, but occasionally she gets something right.

Admittedly it isn’t often, but yesterday she was on the money.

The nine Indian students who are facing deportation for visa fraud and are living temporarily in a Church in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby.

What a position they’re in, and what a position Immigration New Zealand is in, too, writes Rachel Smalley.

The students signed their visa applications and in doing so, they signed fraudulent documents filled out by their agents. They paid those agents in India to help them to apply for a New Zealand visa, and it is the agents – they say – who are at fault here.

Not so. It is they who are at fault and whether it’s knowingly or unknowingly, the students have committed fraud.  

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The Future of Energy: Man-made Global Warming and the Great Policy Error

GUEST POST

Today’s guest post by Whaleoil reader Bruce Alan Forbes is the final part of an article he wrote called The Future of Energy with predictions for 2040. As it was an in-depth analysis I divided it into six posts so that we could discuss each part separately.

Man-made Global Warming and the Great Policy Error

The catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) – or dangerous man-made global warming/climate change – movement is the main reason why governments have implemented policies that every year cost consumers and taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. Although they are having little or no effect on CO2 emissions, these policies have in the meantime reduced millions of people in the developed world to fuel poverty, and are preventing hundreds of millions of people in developing countries from gaining access to cheap, reliable electricity from gas or coal-burning generators. This constitutes one of the greatest and most pervasive government policy errors in history.

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Key not angry enough for Audrey Young’s liking

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The Media party are annoyed that their trip to India has been delayed…in Townsville. Audrey Young thinks John Key should be angry.

There are times when Prime Minister John Key is just too relaxed for words and today was one of those times.

“We’re a little disappointed,” he said when the breakdown of an Air Force Boeing in Australia forced the cancellation of the Mumbai leg of his trip to India.

“It is a little bit sub-optimal.”

This sort of laconic understatement might work in ads about Southern men to sell Speights or utes.

But not today. Key should be seething. The break down was unforgivable.

It’s embarrassing for New Zealand’s reputation as a can-do country.
Can’t even arrive.

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Well this is embarrassing. A Prime Minister who can’t even get one working plane

It is pretty embarrassing that NZ can’t field a plane to get the PM to India.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 plane has aborted takeoff twice at Townsville Airport in Australia due to technical problems.

It’s carrying Prime Minister John Key, former Blackcap Brendon McCullum and a delegation of around 30 business leaders to Mumbai, India, to build trade ties.

A contingent of media, as well as the Defence Force cricket team, were also on board.

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Despite the howls of outrage he’s actually right

There are howls of outrage over comments by Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi about students with dodgy visas.

Indian students facing deportation claim they are being treated unfairly by the Government, and are planning to protest.

The students allege their India-based agents used fake documents to obtain their student visas.

Migrant Workers Association spokeswoman Anu Kaloti says National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi likened the students to faulty fridges from China during a radio interview.

“If New Zealand imports fridges from China for example, and those fridges are faulty, New Zealand sends them back to China. Hello, we are talking about real people here – we cannot compare them to items like fridges.”   Read more »

Machiavellian Fatwa against KFC

The fatwa that has been issued against KFC in India is Machiavellian in its intent. All KFC has to do to address the halal issues raised in the fatwa is to discriminate against its employees by firing all non-Muslim staff and replacing them with Muslims.

A Fatwa has been issued against KFC by a dargah in Bareilly as it says that the non-vegetarian items sold there was not halal.

It is compulsory for Muslims to eat only halal and the food which is not halaal is not fit for consumption as it is considered food obtained via sinful means.

The Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat has lashed out against the KFC outlet based in Bareilly and said that many in India are not following the Islamic tenets while serving the food.

As per The Indian Express, the Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat also had issues with the way the food was being processed at KFC. It said that if the meat is even processed ‘away from the eyes of Muslims’ then it is also haram!

He further said that if the meat is not prepared by a Muslim then also it makes it unfit for Muslim consumption.

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Winston blames National for the next wave of Indian overstayers

Winston Peters has never met a foreigner he likes, or one he’d not insult.

Thousands of Indian students are likely to go into hiding rather than return home, Winston Peters is warning.

The NZ First leader says the government’s 2013 decision to allow foreign students to work led to many of them taking out huge loans in their home countries, with repayments depending on wages earned in New Zealand.

“They can’t return home to repay loans and will go underground, providing more cheap black market labour for unscrupulous employers who are already exploiting foreign students,” he said on Friday.

“The Government created this human disaster in their rush to boost the international student industry.”    Read more »

Maori should adopt this idea quick smart

Bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges.

Bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges.

Maybe this is why Maori are making a play to control water?

The Indian government believes it has found a new revenue source: It will bottle and sell water from the holy, and filthy, Ganges River online.

For years the government has been racking its brains to save the national post office given email, mobile phones and courier services have almost killed letter delivery revenues.

The plan is to sell water from the holy river through a government portal to Hindus who can have a bottle of Gangajal (Hindus call the Ganges “Ganga” and “jal” is water) delivered to their homes by the postman.   Read more »

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