Straya Briefly for 22/10/2019


  • ‘Repetitive and disorderly’: British Speaker denies Boris Johnson a vote on new Brexit deal (ABC)
  • Chart topper Jeremy Marou says it’s time for him to speak up on climate impacts in Torres Strait (The Guardian)
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives up on forming government (ABC)
  • ‘Workers and consumers are the ultimate losers’: Consumer advocates back press freedom campaign (SMH)
  • MP urges ban on ‘enormously wasteful’ bunting outside polling booths (SMH)
  • Clive Palmer company re-applies for mine four times size of Adani’s Carmichael (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Stigma, work hours, and stale culture shutting women out of construction (ABC)
  • Huang Xiangmo given 21 days to declare all of his global assets to Australian court (The Guardian)
  • Italy’s biggest bank’s plan to revive its fortunes? Be less Italian (SMH)
  • Billion-dollar correction in Future Submarine budget blamed on ‘typo’ (ABC)
  • Leading Australian engineers turn their backs on new fossil fuel projects (The Guardian)
  • Young Australians need more clarity about jobs of the future (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • ‘The goose came first’: game development as a cultural project (Overland)
  • Canon salute (The Monthly)
  • Hard-pressed (The Monthly)
  • If you are in the market for a mortgage, you may already be too late. Here’s why (ABC)
  • I’m often labelled as an ‘Aboriginal writer’ but I’m more than a category | Raelee Lancaster (The Guardian)
  • George Johnston’s ‘majesties of nature and monstrosities of man’ is my Sydney | Paul Daley (The Guardian)
  • World

  • Israel’s Netanyahu gives up mandate to form government (Deutsche Welle)
  • What’s behind wealthy Chile’s deadly protests? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Israel’s Netanyahu says he can’t form a government (BBC News)
  • African women earn more than male migrants in Europe: UN study (Deutsche Welle)
  • US mulls leaving some troops in northeast Syria to guard oil (Al Jazeera English)
  • Botswana’s 2019 election: A baptism of fire for democracy (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Large-scale afforestation of African savannas will destroy valuable ecosystems (Science Daily)
  • To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II (The Conversation)
  • Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted (Science Daily)
  • IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Women’s Ballon d’Or: Lucy Bronze and Ellen White shortlisted for award (BBC Sport)
  • Ballon d’Or: Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane on shortlist for award (BBC Sport)
  • Warren Gatland urges Wales to seize their chance of Rugby World Cup glory (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi ruled out (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Madagascar: a treasured island (Aeon)
  • A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise (Smithsonian)
  • Houses of horror (Aeon)
  • Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role (Aeon)
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    Climate Briefly for 21/10/2019


    The latest atmospheric Co2 concentration at the Mauna Loa Observatory is 408.90ppm.

    This is an increase of 54.92ppm since 1990.

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Thoughts and prayers: miracles, Christianity and praying for rain (The Conversation)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s commuter and science critics are missing the point (The Conversation)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s car-free streets showcase the possibility of a beautiful, safe and green future (The Conversation)
  • Climate explained: the environmental footprint of electric versus fossil cars (The Conversation)
  • Both conservatives and liberals can agree on action on climate change (The Conversation)
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    Lanka Briefly for 21/10/2019


  • Northern Tamil political parties in dilemma as no candidate has replied to their demands (The Island)
  • Economy tipped to perform better after polls (Daily FT)
  • Bullying and intimidation tactics outdated: Iran envoy (The Island)
  • VoA seeks Rs. 1.4 t for Govt. expenses (Daily FT)
  • Hakeem admits meeting Zahran in the wake of Hizbullah unleashing violence (The Island)
  • Gnanasara Thera faces fresh contempt of court charge (Sunday Observer)
  • Finance

  • Sri Lanka to sponsor WTM London (Sunday Observer)
  • Sri Lanka FIU to obtain direct access to INTERPOL information system (The Island)
  • Aitken Spence consistently ranked among Top 10 Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Central Bank FIU and Interpol to fight money laundering (Sunday Observer)
  • Chennai-Jaffna air services to commence from November 01 (The Island)
  • Siddhalepa’s International Ayurveda Symposium breaks new ground for medical tourism in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Fixing Lending Rates & Waiving Farmer Loans: Two Policies That Do Not Augur Well For Borrowers (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Presidential Election 2019: A cruel dilemma (Sunday Observer)
  • Trek to Presidency Hurdling via ‘Galle Face Pitiya’ and Elpitiya: Why Sajith did not heed to Ranil’s advice? (Daily Mirror)
  • A Spooky Past, Haunts A Hero (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Political polarisation: Diversity of candidates (Daily FT)
  • Election Fever, Puzzles, Expectations and Brass Tacks (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • In Brazil photographer Sebastiao Salgado finds hope in reforestation (Deutsche Welle)
  • SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (Al Jazeera English)
  • Deadly Bangladesh riot over Facebook post about Islam (Deutsche Welle)
  • Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greens surge in Swiss general election (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes (Science Daily)
  • Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery’s links to BP (The Guardian)
  • UK urges World Bank to channel more money into tackling climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller (The Guardian)
  • The Hundred – full list of squads (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: The Hundred Draft – world’s best cricketers up for grabs (BBC Sport)
  • A super Saturday for England rugby, The Posh and Brexit | Brief letters (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything (Jstor)
  • How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts (Wired)
  • Rare, Centuries-Old Korean Buddhist Masterpiece Goes on View (Smithsonian)
  • The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks (Wired)
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