By Candace Sutton
PUBLISHED: 00:06 GMT, 6 March 2014
Hallucinating, suicidal and sometimes unable to speak with her family, Schapelle Corby appears to be spinning out of control as her parole term derails under serious threats she be returned to Indonesian prison.
The 36-year-old’s joy at being freed from Kerobokan prison appears to have turned to despair, with one episode of self harm with a knife and a whole day spent locked in the toilet, her brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha told The Age.
Indonesian authorities are expected to decide ‘within days’ as to whether they will revoke Corby’s parole and place her back in jail.
Mr Widyartha, who is Corby’s parole guarantor, has begged journalists camped outside his house to ease up as grim-faced Indonesian officials – backed by a strident national media – appear set on cutting short the drug smuggler’s hard won freedom.
An Indonesian newspaper and TV station are demanding she be immediately returned to custody for affronting the nation with sister Mercedes’ claims the 4.2kg of cannabis Corby was caught with had been planted by Indonesian officials.
By Adam Bennett
5:30 AM Saturday Mar 8, 2014
households will be socked with power bill increases of as much as 24 per cent next month and power companies and network operators are pointing the finger at each other over who is responsible.
Households around the country have been receiving notification of increases from major retailers including Meridian and Genesis in recent days. In many cases, daily fixed charges are rising by more than 80 per cent offset somewhat by small decreases in per unit costs.
The net effect means individual customers will see their bills increase by varying amounts, depending on their plan but in a letter from Meridian to one Wellington user sighted by the Herald, the annual increase is estimated at 24 per cent.
A Meridian spokeswoman said lines company Wellington Electricity had restructured its charges. “Once you add GST into the equation this amounts to an increase of around $300 per year, which relates solely to the changes to the way network charges have been restructured.”
By Natalie Dixon
7:00 AM Wednesday Mar 5, 2014
Proposed legislation to manage earthquake-prone buildings could cost Tauranga ratepayers “tens of millions of dollars”, mayor Stuart Crosby says.
The Buildings (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill 2013, which is halfway through its first reading, would give councils five years to do seismic reviews of all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings.
Building owners would then need to strengthen or demolish earthquake-prone structures within 15 years.
The amendments would create a national standard for managing earthquake-prone buildings following recommendations by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and a review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Paul Craig Roberts
March 6, 2014
According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.
Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.
The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.
Ruffles & Truffles
Today’s DIY project is one from our very own garden. We constructed it last weekend. It was only a matter of time before my vertical planter garden dream became a reality. I think Justin helped me make it partly because he was sick of me talking about it so much.
“Honey, we should totally make a vertical planter for the fall when we want to grow greens and such – the rabbits won’t be able to get into it that way!”
“Yeah, that would be cool.”
“Justin, look! Look at this awesome DIY planter I saw someone post on Pinterest. Isn’t it awesome? We could definitely do this.”
Repeat this scenario about 5 or more times with different planter box ideas, and I finally ended up wearing him down. Or, maybe it just took him a little while to realize how much he LOVED the idea…and LOVED the idea of constructing it for us.
Fast forward to Saturday morning. We spent some time cleaning up our garden; removing some dead plants, weeding, etc. I kept inquiring what new vegetables he’d like us to plant in the open spaces. I was rattling off the options for fall gardens when Justin suggested we head over to Lowe’s/Home Depot to gather supplies for that planter garden I said I’d been wanting. Yes! Grab the keys! Let’s go RIGHT NOW!