Straya Briefly for 08/04/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • MP accused of sexual misconduct reappears in Parliament amid COVID-19 debate (ABC)
  • ‘Lack of care, attention and support’: coroner blasts department after veteran’s suicide (ABC)
  • All Year 12 Students Will Finish High School This Year, Education Minister Says (Ten)
  • Pope Francis decries ‘unjust sentences’ after cardinal George Pell acquitted (The Guardian)
  • ‘We must lock in these gains’: Scott Morrison issues warning while releasing coronavirus modelling (ABC)
  • JobKeeper ‘flexibilities’ give employers power to alter hours, ask staff to take leave (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • George Pell’s successful appeal hinged on a tricky legal question (ABC)
  • Scott Morrison indicates ‘eliminating’ COVID-19 would come at too high a cost (The Conversation)
  • So you want to wear a mask in public? (Inside Story)
  • In these scary times a hug would help, but it’s the one thing I cannot have | Rebecca Shaw (The Guardian)
  • The meaning of strange: why we can’t look away from Tiger King (Overland)
  • Knight to rook 3 (The Monthly)
  • Business

  • Australia coronavirus live news: Western Australia records two new deaths – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Coronavirus crisis has had staggering impact on Australian businesses, data reveals (The Guardian)
  • SA’s coronavirus restrictions explained: The dos, the don’ts and the try-not-tos (ABC)
  • JobKeeper is quick, dirty and effective: there was no time to make it perfect (The Conversation)
  • ‘Mind your manners’: New South Wales pharmacist spat on and punched in COVID-19 stress (ABC)
  • Bill Gates’ prophecy fell on deaf ears, and we are paying a big price (SMH)
  • World

  • France’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000 after steep rise at nursing homes (France 24)
  • ‘Fighter’ Johnson stable but remains in intensive care, deputy confirms (ABC)
  • Coronavirus latest: Wuhan lockdown lifted Lufthansa shutters Germanwings (Deutsche Welle)
  • UN condemns rocket attack on Tripoli hospital (Al Jazeera English)
  • Taliban walk out of ‘fruitless’ peace talks with Afghan Government (ABC)
  • NY records 731 new coronavirus deaths in its deadliest day yet (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Homeschooling during coronavirus: five ways to teach children about climate change (The Conversation)
  • Energy Insiders Podcast: Australia’s rapid and low cost path to zero emissions (Renew Economy)
  • Saudi solar solicitation attracts ultra-low bids, with prices at $0.016/kWh (IEEFA)
  • Protecting the high seas: Identify biodiversity hotspots (Science Daily)
  • Egypt postpones $4.4 billion, 6GW coal plant, pushes renewables instead (IEEFA)
  • Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Test Match Special to replay Ben Stokes’ Ashes Test at Headingley (BBC Sport)
  • Australia ‘too scared’ to sledge Virat Kohli’s India because of IPL deals – Michael Clarke (Cricinfo)
  • Premiership set for extended break before resuming behind closed doors (The Guardian)
  • The Open cancelled as golf’s other majors are rescheduled (ABC)
  • Canadian Grand Prix ninth race to be called off amid coronavirus crisis (BBC Sport)
  • ACCC orders $5m refund for basketball fans angered by poor views and lack of stars (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Why the coronavirus lockdown is making the internet better than ever (MIT Tech Review)
  • How America Brought the 1957 Influenza Pandemic to a Halt (Jstor)
  • Prayer in the Time of COVID-19 – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • The swimmer (Aeon)
  • Why coronavirus impacts are devastating for international students in private rental housing (The Conversation)
  • Coronavirus: as culture moves online, regional organisations need help bridging the digital divide (The Conversation)

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    Lanka Briefly for 07/04/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Patients wait for their turn outside SPC (Daily Mirror)
  • Sajith pledges support to fight Covid-19 menace during meeting with President, PM (The Island)
  • Navy receives Lankan chef aboard ‘MSC Magnifica’ (Daily Mirror)
  • Lankan crew member aboard Italy-bound cruise ship brought ashore (The Island)
  • President tells SJB: Will grant relief without discrimination (Daily Mirror)
  • Docs catch cop at Covid-19 treatment centre (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Presidential Pardon For Sunil Ratnayake: Another Perspective (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Curfew Pass puzzles (The Island)
  • Need for Best Testing from all models on Covid-19 (The Island)
  • Effects of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans (Daily Mirror)
  • Covid-19: Is It A White Swan Or A Black Swan? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Into the Great Economic Abyss (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • JDC to launch new age printing technology at Sri Lanka Print 2020 (Daily FT)
  • AIA inspires students to study insurance (The Island)
  • ECCSL launches scheme to encourage female entrepreneurship (Daily FT)
  • Subway Sri Lanka announces launch of National Re-Franchise Program (The Island)
  • Ambeon Holdings named ‘Most Innovative Company’ in Sri Lanka for 2019 (The Island)
  • Enhancing role of women in agri vital for empowerment: Hayleys Agri MD (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Bad news expected after category five Cyclone Harold batters Vanuatu (ABC)
  • Meet Quibi: It’s like Netflix but made especially for your phone (ABC)
  • World Health Day: What does the WHO do? (Deutsche Welle)
  • UK PM Boris Johnson taken to intensive care after health worsens (France 24)
  • How sick is Boris Johnson? (ABC)
  • Virus fears linked to US couple’s murder-suicide (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Upper ocean water masses shrinking in changing climate: Less efficient CO2 sink (Science Daily)
  • IRENA: Renewable energy resources totaled almost 75% of new generation capacity in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • We just spent two weeks surveying the Great Barrier Reef. What we saw was an utter tragedy (The Conversation)
  • PRB coal production falls to 54.6 million tons in first quarter, a 20-year low (IEEFA)
  • Great Barrier Reef’s third mass bleaching in five years is the most widespread ever (The Guardian)
  • VW installed ‘defeat devices’ to subvert emissions tests, high court finds (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Coronavirus: F1 teams agree to explore budget cap further after crisis meeting (BBC Sport)
  • Liverpool: Premier League leaders apologise and reverse furlough decision (BBC Sport)
  • Radomir Antic: Ex-Barcelona, Atletico Madrid & Real Madrid boss dies, aged 71 (BBC Sport)
  • Summer transfer window set to move & player contracts ending 30 June set to be extended (BBC Sport)
  • Jos Buttler: Two England teams could play at same time (BBC Sport)
  • Pep Guardiola’s mother dies after contracting coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Heavily Trafficked Songbirds a Victim of Venezuelan Collapse (Smithsonian)
  • Jennifer Nuzzo: “We’re Definitely Not Overreacting” to COVID-19 (Jstor)
  • The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage (Wired)
  • We are wayfinders (Aeon)
  • This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques (Wired)
  • Deep-Sea Squids Glow to Communicate in the Dark (Smithsonian)

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    Straya Briefly for 07/04/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Proposed COVID-19 laws to protect SA renters and hand authorities more power (ABC)
  • Union deal clears way for $130 billion wage subsidy (SMH)
  • Australia’s coronavirus death toll passes 40 as major Gold Coast beaches set to close (SBS)
  • Nick Kyrgios Offers To Help Struggling Aussies Put Food On The Table (Ten)
  • Lack of PPE forces Aboriginal health groups to stop testing for coronavirus (The Guardian)
  • NSW Police Launch Criminal Investigation Into Ruby Princess Cruise Ship Docking (Ten)
  • Opinion

  • Morrison sees massive ratings surge in Newspoll over coronavirus crisis; Trump also improves (The Conversation)
  • The transparent labyrinth: offshore detention and surplus life (Overland)
  • We are the world (Inside Story)
  • If coronavirus (which we all hate now) is spread through the air why aren’t we all wearing masks? | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • House of brief (The Monthly)
  • I spent two weeks in quarantine with my in-laws in a house full of puppets | Aleksandra Bliszczyk (The Guardian)
  • Business

  • Asic sues investment fund Mayfair 101 for allegedly misleading advertising (The Guardian)
  • More than 360,000 Australians apply for early release of super (ABC)
  • Returning Qantas crew members tested positive for coronavirus but were exempt from quarantine (The Guardian)
  • ‘Out-of-towners’ not welcome as Gold Coast beaches close, Brisbane’s Ekka show cancelled (ABC)
  • Beware the rescue trap for small shareholders (SMH)
  • Coronavirus support packages will reshape the future economy, and that presents an opportunity (The Conversation)
  • World

  • Trump’s favourite campaign tactic has been banned — but he may have found a new one (ABC)
  • Fire in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone creates large spike in radiation levels (ABC)
  • US coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 (Al Jazeera English)
  • France records deadliest 24 hours as coronavirus death toll nears 9,000 (France 24)
  • Subscribe to Corona Compact — DW’s newsletter tracking coronavirus in Asia (Deutsche Welle)
  • Opinion: Coronavirus: A timeline of Turkey’s missteps (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Vasilii Petrenko in Antarctica (ABC)
  • Upper ocean water masses shrinking in changing climate: Less efficient CO2 sink (Science Daily)
  • PRB coal production falls to 54.6 million tons in first quarter, a 20-year low (IEEFA)
  • Germany averages more than 50% renewables over March quarter (Renew Economy)
  • IRENA: Renewable energy resources totaled almost 75% of new generation capacity in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • Northern Territory offers $6,000 grant for home batteries, cuts solar tariff (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • British Open Championship cancelled due to coronavirus (SMH)
  • Liverpool: Premier League leaders apologise and reverse furlough decision (BBC Sport)
  • Virtual sport takes off as athletes move online to get their competitive fix (ABC)
  • A return to suburban grounds would offer a chance to reawaken the AFL’s soul | Adam Collins (The Guardian)
  • Club World Cup to be put forward as radical new rugby union competition (The Guardian)
  • Steve O’Keefe demands more help for Australian spin bowling (Cricinfo)
  • Further reading

  • Guide to the Classics: Albert Camus’ The Plague (The Conversation)
  • Dating on the rebound – when looking for love can be a lifesaver (Aeon)
  • Jennifer Nuzzo: “We’re Definitely Not Overreacting” to COVID-19 (Jstor)
  • Gustav Mahler Statue in Dobbiaco, Italy (Atlas Obscura)
  • Heavily Trafficked Songbirds a Victim of Venezuelan Collapse (Smithsonian)
  • Great time to try: 5½ ways to make movie masterpieces at home (The Conversation)

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    Lanka Briefly for 06/04/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Chance of lowering restrictions in low risk districts after New Year season? (The Island)
  • Aloe Vera nursery in Wilpattu buffer zone only tip of the iceberg – environmentalists (The Island)
  • ASMET chief hopeful SL tourism industry will bounce back (The Island)
  • 172 returnees released from SLAF Quarantine Centre at Iranamadu (The Island)
  • Forex controls suspended as Rupee  fall  continues (The Island)
  • One more COVID-19 patient recovered (Sunday Observer)
  • Opinion

  • The need to keep others at arm’s length (The Island)
  • When Crisis Becomes Critical (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Have proper guidelines for curfew passes (The Island)
  • COVID-19: An alternate perspective in uncharted waters (Daily Mirror)
  • Curfew pass confusion (The Island)
  • We must abandon the idea of elections anytime soon (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Singer Fashion Academy initiates student intake for the Certificate in Fashion Designing in 2020 (The Island)
  • Singer organises island-wide service workshops for John Deere tractor users (Daily FT)
  • Two records for New Vithanakande Teas (Daily FT)
  • SriLankan Airlines temporarily suspends flights to China (The Island)
  • ACCLIVITY conducts business forum on ‘Understand Your Numbers for Non-Finance Leaders’ (Daily FT)
  • Can education be the great equalizer this decade? (The Island)
  • World

  • Priests take to rooftops, bell towers to deliver Palm Sunday mass (ABC)
  • Jacinda Ardern has been giving a masterclass in crisis leadership (ABC)
  • Millions across India light lamps in solidarity amid coronavirus lockdown (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s daily toll of coronavirus hospital deaths falls for second straight day (France 24)
  • Quarantined village turned into human laboratory (BBC News)
  • UK PM Johnson admitted to hospital due to ‘persistent symptoms’ of coronavirus (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent (The Conversation)
  • Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push through the Keystone XL pipeline | Bill McKibben (The Guardian)
  • Our oceans are suffering, but we can rebuild marine life (Science Daily)
  • ‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda (The Guardian)
  • Six decades of change in plankton communities (Science Daily)
  • Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Tom Dempsey: New Orleans great dies after contracting coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Zak Brown: McLaren boss says F1 needs big changes to survive (BBC Sport)
  • Kubrat Pulev: Anthony Joshua’s challenger pledges estimated £2m to coronavirus fight (BBC Sport)
  • Champions League and Europa League could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain in September, says Uefa president (BBC Sport)
  • Virtual Tour of Flanders: Greg van Avermaet wins online ‘race’ (BBC Sport)
  • Kyle Walker: Manchester City defender faces investigation over lockdown breach (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • How you could get your covid-19 test results faster (MIT Tech Review)
  • Don’t Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers (Wired)
  • Dogs and Cancer (Jstor)
  • How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure (Wired)
  • To Beat the Coronavirus, Raise an Army of the Recovered (Wired)
  • My Phone Keeps Me Sane During This Crisis … and Insane, Too (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 06/04/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Donald Trump tells US to expect ‘a lot of death’ as global coronavirus toll tops 60,000 (SBS)
  • NSW Police to launch criminal investigation into Ruby Princess saga as deaths linked to ship grow (SBS)
  • The critical decisions about who will live or die during the coronavirus peak may be left to NSW doctors (ABC)
  • Australians urged to forgo Easter festivities as signs coronavirus curve is flattening continue (SBS)
  • Queensland to raise hotel detention coronavirus concerns with Federal Government (SBS)
  • Bailout plan helps Scott Morrison’s personal approval rating as PM rebound (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • The cost to freedom in the war against COVID-19 (Pursuit)
  • Women are juggling more than ever — and we need radical flexibility to get through this pandemic (ABC)
  • If you get coronavirus, could you sue? A test case is about to find out (ABC)
  • Is capitalism dying or just in isolation? (ABC)
  • Coronavirus is a human crisis beyond most of our scariest dreams – we will need to restart our society | Sam Mostyn and Travers McLeod (The Guardian)
  • Dad has always sent care packages from China. Now it’s face masks instead of snacks | Yang Tian (The Guardian)
  • Business

  • Big business bastardry continues with payment squeeze (New Daily)
  • Auction markets continue to struggle after recording worst result since 2008 (New Daily)
  • Surviving the storm: One of the cruellest parts of coronavirus is its unequal impact on business (ABC)
  • Virgin Australia is running out of cash — and it’s got less than six months to find a solution (ABC)
  • ATO defers its collection of super to let funds keep liquid cash in hand (New Daily)
  • How to get your hands on some quick coronavirus crisis cash (New Daily)
  • World

  • Live: Queen Elizabeth delivers rare speech to address coronavirus crisis (France 24)
  • Taliban accuses US of violating Doha peace agreement (Deutsche Welle)
  • France terror probe expands after deadly knife attack (Deutsche Welle)
  • Category five Cyclone Harold bears down on Vanuatu (ABC)
  • New York new virus cases ‘dropping for first time’ (BBC News)
  • ‘There’s going to be a lot of death’ in US from coronavirus next week, Trump says (ABC)
  • Climate

  • West Australia puts community batteries at top of new energy roadmap (Renew Economy)
  • Deep-sea worms and bacteria team up to harvest methane (Science Daily)
  • Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push through the Keystone XL pipeline | Bill McKibben (The Guardian)
  • NextEra outlines plans to convert two Gulf Power coal units to gas (IEEFA)
  • Experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise (Science Daily)
  • New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to abandon 847MW San Juan coal plant (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Zak Brown: McLaren boss says F1 needs big changes to survive (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Disappointed’ Steve O’Keefe ends Shield career after NSW contract snub (Cricinfo)
  • Kubrat Pulev: Anthony Joshua’s challenger pledges estimated £2m to coronavirus fight (BBC Sport)
  • Footy in a state of limbo as SANFL, WAFL cope with season shutdowns (ABC)
  • My favourite game: Australia v Israel, World Cup qualifier 1989 | Richard Parkin (The Guardian)
  • RFU hopes to avoid using autumn international proceeds to help others (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Dogs and Cancer (Jstor)
  • How you could get your covid-19 test results faster (MIT Tech Review)
  • How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure (Wired)
  • Don’t Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers (Wired)
  • Google taught this robotic dog to learn new tricks by imitating a real one (MIT Tech Review)
  • St Peter and St Paul’s Wagon-Roof in Stephon Mallet, England (Atlas Obscura)

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