Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattles Darwin, Australia after striking 600 km away in Banda Sea


An earthquake that struck this morning in the Banda Sea has rattled parts of Darwin but is unlikely to have caused any damage.

The magnitude 5.3 quake hit in the Banda Sea at a depth of 96 kilometres, about 600 kilometres north of Darwin.

Many people were asleep when it rattled parts of the city at 4:44am (ACST), but several people contacted ABC Radio Darwin to say they felt it.

Australia was a long way from the zone where damage was expected from the quake, according to information from Geoscience Australia.

Geoscience Australia seismologist Eddie Leask said quakes in the Banda Sea were often felt in Darwin.

“We had about 50 in that area over the last year and about 15 of those were felt in Darwin,” Mr Leask told ABC Radio Darwin.

Deep quakes more likely to be felt in Darwin

He said that the quakes that were deep were more likely to be felt in Darwin, whereas more shallow earthquakes in the area were more likely to be felt in Indonesia.

“That area of the Banda Sea is where the Indonesian plate, which is joined to the rest of Asia and Europe, is connecting with the Australian plate, so we are pushing together, causing these earthquakes,” Mr Leask said.

“What is happening is that the Australian plate is dipping underneath the Indonesian plate, and so when the earthquakes are quite deep, they are actually happening on the Australian plate, and so that allows the energy to be directed up towards Darwin and be felt more easily,” he said.

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Parental rejection: Being rejected by your father does more damage to a child’s long-term development


Both parents affect your personality, but rejection by one parent could be more critical for long-term development. Being rejected by your father can do greater, long-lasting emotional damage than being rejected by your mother, research finds.

While rejection by either parent is traumatising for children, fathers often have higher prestige and/or power. Therefore, children can take their father’s rejection harder.

Professor Ronald Rohner, co-author of the study, said:

“In our half-century of international research, we’ve not found any other class of experience that has as strong and consistent effect on personality and personality development as does the experience of rejection, especially by parents in childhood.

Children and adults everywhere — regardless of differences in race, culture, and gender — tend to respond in exactly the same way when they perceived themselves to be rejected by their caregivers and other attachment figures.”

Rejection by either parent, or both, has a huge effect on children’s personality.

They tend to become more anxious and insecure. They may also become more hostile and aggressive towards others. The pain of rejection often lingers into adulthood, preventing people making strong, trusting relationships with other adults.

The emotional pain can be considerable. The same parts of the brain are activated for emotional pain as for physical pain, other research has found.

Professor Rohner said:

“Unlike physical pain, however, people can psychologically re-live the emotional pain of rejection over and over for years.”

The results come from a review of over 500 studies. The studies help to emphasise how inaccurate it is to simply ‘blame the mother’ for children’s behaviour problems.

Professor Rohner said:

“The great emphasis on mothers and mothering in America has led to an inappropriate tendency to blame mothers for children’s behavior problems and maladjustment when, in fact, fathers are often more implicated than mothers in the development of problems such as these.”

The study was published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review (Khaleque & Rohner, 2012).

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[3/27/17]  Television broadcasts of Nicolás Maduro are increasingly sinking him in Venezuelan public opinion. This is because the president has made it impossible to hide the humanitarian crisis facing the country even on his own television program.

First there was a student at a state school that asked to Maduro to improve the school’s infrastructure because the “ceiling was falling down”; at the same time, the girl took the opportunity to tell the president that the children in her school faint because they have no food in their homes or in the school cafeteria.

Then during another television broadcast, a single mother told Maduro that she has no way to feed her children, which the head of state decided to ignore, and then changed the subject by joking about the peculiar name of the woman in need.

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Christopher Jon Bjerknes

My new book Einstein’s Plagiarism of the General Theory of Relativity is now in print and can be purchased at A thorough documentation of Albert Einstein’s plagiarism of the general theory of relativity. Republishes the relevant papers of Einstein’s predecessors, captures the history of the major priority disputes and exposes how Einstein manipulated credit for the work of others.

Here is a copy of the Table of Contents:

1 Hilbert’s Proofs Prove Hilbert’s Priority 5

1.1 Introduction 5

1.2 Corry, Renn and Stachel’s Baseless Historical Revisionism 6

1.3 Historical Background and the Correspondence 9

1.4 Hilbert’s Proofs Prove Hilbert’s Priority 17

1.5 A Question of Character 20

1.6 The Priority Myth 23

1.7 A Question of Ability 95

1.8 Conclusion 102

2 Gerber’s Formula 103

2.1 Introduction 103

2.2 How Fast Does Gravity 104

2.3 Gerber’s Formula was Well-Known 108

2.4 Einstein’s Fudge 126

2.5 Who Was Paul Gerber? 135

2.6 Conclusion 136

3 Soldner’s Prediction 141

3.1 Introduction 141

3.2 Soldner’s Hypothesis and Solution 142

3.3 Einstein Knew the Newtonian Prediction 144

3.4 Soldner’s Formulation 148

3.5 Conclusion 150

4 The Principle of Equivalence, Etc. 153

4.1 Introduction 153

4.2 Eötvös’ Experimental Fact and Planck’s Proposition 153

4.3 Kinertia’s Elevator is Einstein’s Happiest Thought 156

4.4 Dynamism 177

4.5 Mach’s Principle 204

4.6 The Rubber Sheet Analogy 229

4.7 Reference Frames and Covariance 230

4.8 Conclusion 240

Appendix A : Soldner’s Paper on Light 254

Appendix B : Hilbert’s Field Equations Paper 266

Appendix C : Hilbert’s Proofs 282

Appendix D : Einstein’s Paper Plagiarizing Hilbert’s Field Equations 302

Appendix E : Gerber’s Paper on Mercury 308

Appendix F : Einstein’s Paper Plagiarizing
Gerber’s Formula 324

Appendix G : Metaphysical Foundations 335

Æsop 335

Sully 335

Locke 335

Leibnitz 396

Berkeley 398

Hume 401

Ueberweg 424

Reid 430

Hamilton 438

Ueberweg 453

Poe 454

Stallo 455

Grove 471

Carpenter 471

Kelvin & Tait 472

Riemann 473

FitzGerald 486

Clifford 494

Tyndall 495

Maxwell 496

Everett 499

Bowser 505

Van Dyke 505

James 505

Abbott 545

Wells 548

Conrad & Hueffer 551

Mach 557

Dühring 578

Lange 583

Newcomb 632

Mendeléeff 634

Anderssohn 635

Dolbear 637

Rowland 643

Barr 651

Bölsche 652

Notes 655

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Is a Deadpool Wolverine movie on the horizon?

Ryan Reynolds’ latest film, Deadpool, is set to become the highest grossing R-rated movie in history.

Screenwriters for the long-awaited Deadpool sequel have given fans an update.

FEW people anticipated how well the original Deadpool was going to do.

The movie was stuck in development hell for over a decade and it wasn’t until footage was accidentally leaked that Deadpool received its long-awaited green light.

Despite the difficulty leading up to its release, Deadpool would go on to be one of the biggest success stories of 2016 and is still the highest-grossing R-Rated film of all time.

Deadpool became the highest grossing R-Rated film of all time.

Deadpool became the highest grossing R-Rated film of all time.Source:Supplied

Its popularity obviously meant the near-inevitability of a sequel which meant the movie’s screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick knuckled down and got to work.

Fans of the first Deadpool have been eagerly awaiting some form of an update and thankfully, the writers did a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter to spill secrets on the sequel.

Rhett Reese (L) and Paul Wernick addressed Deadpool sequel rumours.

Rhett Reese (L) and Paul Wernick addressed Deadpool sequel rumours.Source:Getty Images

When asked how close the writers were to starting filming they said, “We’re very close to a draft that we’ll go off and shoot in a couple of months and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The writing duo have also written hit movies like Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation with their most recent creation Life in cinemas now.

Despite a stream of box office successes under their belt, Reese and Wernick realise the stakes for Deadpool 2 are higher than ever, which means they’re definitely not going to be rushed.

“We don’t want to put the cart before the horse, and often times with release dates that happens. You end up racing and you end up being forced to do something you’re not happy with.”

And, while Reese and Wernick understand the pressure behind writing perhaps one of the world’s most anticipated sequels, they’re still pretty confident.

“People are going to have to duck us. Fox is probably going to be able to drop [Deadpool 2] on a date and everyone else is going to scatter, because no one will want to come out the same weekend.”

The screenwriters for Deadpool are confident in their sequel.

The screenwriters for Deadpool are confident in their sequel.Source:Supplied

Fans of Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds would also probably know that the two actors, who met on X-Men in 2009, are actually really great friends.

And, that friendship has evolved into Reynolds begging his friend, and the world, for a Deadpool and Wolverine collaboration.

“I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together,” Reynolds said to EW.

“What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line.”

Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Hugh Jackman are great friends.

Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Hugh Jackman are great friends.Source:Getty Images

The Hollywood Reporter decided to bring up the sought-after collab with the publication’s reporter suggesting Deadpool meet the real Hugh Jackman in the movie, rather than as Wolverine.

“That’s not a bad idea. I like that,” Reese said.

“Deadpool lives in a world where Hugh Jackman is out there. He’s got the People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover that he staples to his forehead in the first movie, so maybe he could meet Hugh as Hugh. That would be really funny.”

Whether or not the two actors will actually appear together in a movie remains to be seen but at least Deadpool’s writers are still sticking to their 2018 release date.

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Myer surges amid takeover speculation

Shares in Myer rose nearly 20 per cent during late trading on the Australian share market on Monday on speculation that someone may be considering a takeover play for the department store operator.

Myer shares close 19.5 cents, or 18.31 per cent, higher at $1.26.

About 82 million Myer shares changed hands at a price around $1.15, trading as a parcel worth $94 million, after a single order was placed in the market just before 1530 AEDT.

Prior to the order, Myer shares had been trading around the $1.08 mark.

The stock fell below $1.07 last week – its lowest level since November.

Billionaire Solomon Lew, a former chairman of the Coles Myer group, and now the chairman of retail brands house Premier Investments, which owns Smiggle, is among those reported to be interested in Myer.

Mr Lew has previously been reluctant to comment when asked about his potential interest.

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SECOS profitable in Malaysia

SECOS Group has achieved consistent profitability at its Malaysian production facility at Port Klang near Kuala Lumpur.

Sales have grown to more than $880,000 per month, with plant utilisation of 60% offering significant scope for this growth to continue.

The unit’s run rate of EBITDA has expanded by 49% since the company acquired the Malaysian business in April 2015.

Managing director Stephen Walters said, “In Malaysia we are achieving consistent supply of resin and experiencing rising demand for our film products, as the hygiene market continues to grow strongly in Asia.

“This has driven solid expansion in both sales and margins, and implementing tight cost controls has helped our Malaysian operations to generate increasingly healthy earnings.”

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Funtastic wants to be removed from ASX

Struggling toy and confectionery wholesaler Funtastic is taking steps to delist from the Australian Securities Exchange after a decade of sliding earnings and shares.

Funtastic, which distributes Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears and Star Wars branded toys and merchandise, has seen its share price fall markedly since a profit warning in 2007.

Its shares were trading around $1.57 in December 2006 but had fallen to 16.6 cents by December 2008.

At their peak in 2003, they were at $2.13.

They started Monday’s session at 1.5 cents but after the company announced that it intends to delist, Funtastic shares finished the day at 0.8 cents – down almost 47 per cent.

Funtastic said that, consistently over the past six months, less than two per cent of its shares have traded in any one month.

“This low liquidity has created significant share price volatility,” Funtastic said in a statement.

“The costs of the company remaining listed outweigh any benefits.”

The company’s once enviable list of investors included Gerry Harvey, listed in the 2016 annual report as a shareholder, and Lachlan Murdoch.

Funtastic – which suffered a $23.85 million annual net loss in 2015/16 – said it expects its ability to raise capital, to grow the business and restructure debt will improve after it is removed from the ASX.

The 2016 result was an improvement on its $56.48 million loss in 2014/15.

Its 2016 revenue fell 14 per cent to $90.9 million.

The company has previously blamed its profit downgrades on major retailers importing more products directly from China, retailers’ focus on reducing stock, and a downturn in consumer spending.

If Funtastic gains shareholder approval to delist – at an extraordinary general meeting on May 4 – it expects to be removed in early June.

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Red Mountain ready for Red Valley

Red Mountain Mining (ASX: RMX) is mobilising a drilling rig with a view to commencement of exploration at its Red Valley lithium brines project in the next 7 to 10 days.

The Red Valley project is located in Western Utah, USA. RMX is conducting a three x 1,000 foot well program to test for commercial levels of lithium enriched brine.

This news comes only a week after the group advised that it was entering into a binding exclusivity and earn-in agreement with CoCu Metals which controls 100% of the Mokabe-Kasiri cobalt-copper project in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

The project comprises 350 square kilometres of the prolific Central African copperbelt, and lies only 50 kilometres to the north of one of the world’s largest copper-cobalt mines, Tenke Fungurume, which is currently owned by a consortium including Toronto-based Lundin Mining and Phoenix-based Freeport McMoRan.

Following the announcement of this transaction RMX’s shares surged more than 20% to hit an intraday high of 4.1 cents on March 21, but in the wake of last week’s substantial market downturn, the company’s share price has retraced.

The Red Valley project already provided RMX with strong exposure to the new energy metal thematic, but this has been strengthened further by its interest in the Mokabe cobalt-copper project.

As drilling recommences at Red Valley there is the potential for multiple share price catalysts to emerge given laboratory results from grab samples at Mokabe have registered average cobalt grades of between 1.6% and 2.9%, as well as copper grading between 1.3% and 9.2%. Trevor Hoey

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