Lanka Briefly for 04/07/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Sybil Nenda bids adieu (Daily Mirror)
  • PM condemns Karuna’s statement as ‘wrong and unacceptable’ (The Island)
  • Tough actions needed against officials linked to narcotics trafficking: SLPP (Daily FT)
  • Match-fixing allegations baseless so probe stopped (Daily Mirror)
  • DIG transferred to Police Welfare Division (The Island)
  • Match-fixing allegations Aluthgamage risks court action if proved wrong (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Monocultures & Monoculturalism: A Cause Of Pandemics & Social Disharmony (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Neville D Jayaweera – The Vicissitudes (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Two movies and a lesson (Daily Mirror)
  • Recognition of Unsung Heroes (Daily Mirror)
  • Renewing America’s Commitment to the Indo-Pacific (Daily Mirror)
  • Covid-19 Through The Perspectives Of Children & Youth (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • Midas Safety Sri Lanka donate dry rations to deserving families (The Island)
  • Facebook launches ‘We Think Digital’ with Sarvodaya-Fusion to build digital literacy skills (Daily FT)
  • Mobitel unveils best ‘eLearning Data Plans’ for MS Teams, Office 365 and Zoom platforms (Daily FT)
  • Ocean Lanka trials all-natural anti-bacterial face mask (Daily FT)
  • Ceybank’s equity funds outperform ASPI in 2019 (The Island)
  • Faster dividends from listed companies (The Island)
  • World

  • Turkey fireworks factory explosion kills several injures nearly 100 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Armed man charged with crashing through gate of Trudeau residence (ABC)
  • Trump to host Mount Rushmore event amid criticism (BBC News)
  • Bolsonaro waters down law requiring face masks (BBC News)
  • Philippine president Duterte signs controversial anti-terror law (Deutsche Welle)
  • A controversial name in the NFL could soon be dropped after years of pressure (ABC)
  • Climate

  • The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come (The Conversation)
  • Climate change threat to tropical plants (Science Daily)
  • UK should prioritise green projects to kickstart economy, says IMF (The Guardian)
  • E-scooters go on trial in Middlesbrough to aid UK’s green recovery (The Guardian)
  • Climate change: 40°C summer temperatures could be common in UK by 2100 (The Conversation)
  • A post-pandemic world is unlikely to focus on meeting need over human greed (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • 2011 WC final: Sri Lanka police drop corruption probe (Cricinfo)
  • Transfer rumours: Aubameyang, Sancho, Partey, Thiago, Havertz (BBC Sport)
  • Lionel Messi: Why Barcelona captain is becoming increasingly fed up at the Nou Camp (BBC Sport)
  • Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will not give out appearances like ‘Christmas presents’ (BBC Sport)
  • Transfer rumours: Digne, Bailey, Arrizabalaga, Grealish, Henderson (BBC Sport)
  • Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham: Blades end losing run to strengthen top six bid (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The face of the fish (Aeon)
  • How Black Americans Co-opted the Fourth of July (Jstor)
  • Italia Viaduct in Mormanno, Italy (Atlas Obscura)
  • The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far (Wired)
  • The Madness of John Roberts (Jstor)
  • ‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 04/07/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • It’s by-election day in Eden-Monaro. Here’s what you need to know (ABC)
  • Why does the Government get to decide if a journalist is prosecuted? (ABC)
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School staff member stood down after racist remarks (NIT)
  • What is the ‘dangerous misinformation’ that is stopping Melburnians getting tested for COVID-19? (SBS)
  • Hong Kong man who drove motorbike into police becomes first person charged under new security law (SBS)
  • Backbench MPs support modest increase in JobSeeker base rate (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on Melbourne cluster outbreaks, Australia’s defence spending, and the Eden-Monaro byelection (The Conversation)
  • Hong Kong activists now face a choice: stay silent, or flee the city. The world must give them a path to safety (The Conversation)
  • Australia’s hour of reckoning is closing in (ABC)
  • Statement: Artists and Academics Against Annexation (Overland)
  • Today’s good news: they found a new prehistoric wombat! Can’t have too many | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • Grey zone (The Monthly)
  • Business

  • These new laws threaten to unstick the big banks’ customer base (ABC)
  • The story of David Copperfield has been around since 1849. Why a new film now? (ABC)
  • Increasing JobSeeker payments is ‘sustainable’, new study reveals (New Daily)
  • What Ken Henry really thinks about tax reform (SMH)
  • Australia risks squandering a lucrative export – and a diplomatic opportunity (SMH)
  • CDPP drops 42 charges against ATO whistleblower Richard Boyle, but he could still face life in prison (ABC)
  • World

  • This woman was tortured for days before she died. Now, PNG women are rising up (ABC)
  • Hong Kong man accused of ‘terrorism’ under new Chinese law (Al Jazeera English)
  • Philippine president Duterte signs controversial anti-terror law (Deutsche Welle)
  • Prince Andrew’s lawyers ‘bewildered’ by claims he’s evading US authorities (ABC)
  • England lockdown easing ‘biggest step yet’ – PM (BBC News)
  • Macron replaces popular PM with little-known Castex after ‘rivalry over who leads’ (France 24)
  • Climate

  • The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come (The Conversation)
  • Australia’s secretive defence operations HQ to get 1.9MW solar farm (Renew Economy)
  • Japan considering plan to close 100 older, inefficient coal plants by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • German renewables surge to 55.8% of net generation for first half 2020 (Renew Economy)
  • UPC gets federal approval for $350 million wind and solar hub in Tasmania (Renew Economy)
  • E-scooters go on trial in Middlesbrough to aid UK’s green recovery (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • England intra-squad match: Ollie Pope top-scores for Team Buttler in draw (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Go and dominate’: Origin glory and Roosters tempt Caslick into code-switch bid (SMH)
  • Lionel Messi: Why Barcelona captain is becoming increasingly fed up at the Nou Camp (BBC Sport)
  • Essendon sees off Collingwood challenge to post 15-point victory (ABC)
  • Sam Curran: England all-rounder awaits coronavirus test result (BBC Sport)
  • The kings of the Dukes ball and how it wasn’t all bad for spin (Cricinfo)
  • Further reading

  • The face of the fish (Aeon)
  • How Black Americans Co-opted the Fourth of July (Jstor)
  • Italia Viaduct in Mormanno, Italy (Atlas Obscura)
  • ‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing (Wired)
  • The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far (Wired)
  • Friday essay: need a sitter? Revisiting girlhood, feminism and diversity in The Baby-Sitters Club (The Conversation)

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    Lanka Briefly for 03/07/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • MCC report presented to Cabinet (Daily FT)
  • Beware of a possible second wave – Ranil (Daily Mirror)
  • Now, President wants all ministers to state their opinion on MCC (The Island)
  • Pitipana raids lead to more recoveries, arrests (The Island)
  • This madness has to stop: Harin (Daily Mirror)
  • Australian mineral exploration company responds No impact on marine environment; Mannar community will be benefited (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Another election to repeat the same blunder (Daily Mirror)
  • Elucidation Wanted: On Tamil Issues & Solutions – Part I (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Cricket and 2020 Parliament (The Island)
  • Fighting in polls for a Fighting Chance (The Island)
  • School Of Hard Knocks (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Neutrality is not silence: Lanka must speak out for Palestine (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • EDB steps up efforts to preserve Ceylon Cinnamon (Daily FT)
  • ‘People’s Bank celebrates 59 years of devotion to the people of Sri Lanka’ (The Island)
  • World Economic Forum nominates Talal Rafi as Young Global Leader 2021 (Daily FT)
  • ‘ITUKAMA’ fund tops Rs. 1423 million (The Island)
  • FT Columnist at UN high-level roundtable series (Daily FT)
  • Texworld, Apparel Sourcing, Home Textile Sourcing Summer Edition 2020 goes virtual (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Sebastian Vettel ‘surprised’ over Ferrari exit (ABC)
  • ‘Wave of mud’: Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people (ABC)
  • Protest, rally or eating out – Where is riskier? (BBC News)
  • Germany takes helm of EU presidency Merkel urges resolve on virus recovery plan (Deutsche Welle)
  • Brazil’s favelas forced to fight coronavirus alone (Deutsche Welle)
  • UN staff suspended over sex-act in car (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Arctic plants may not provide predicted carbon sequestration potential (Science Daily)
  • Rising water temperatures could endanger the mating of many fish species (Science Daily)
  • Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather (The Conversation)
  • Arizona utility APS to rely on battery storage, solar to enable 2031 exit from coal generation (IEEFA)
  • Japan considering plan to close 100 older, inefficient coal plants by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • In the Arctic, spring snowmelt triggers fresh CO2 production (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • SLC optimistic over Lanka Premier League launch in August (Cricinfo)
  • ‘Man City want the title back – and Phil Foden could prove key’ (BBC Sport)
  • Garth Crooks’ team of the week: De Gea, Maguire, Fernandez, Ings, Aubameyang (BBC Sport)
  • Man City 4-0 Liverpool: Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling & Ben Foden score (BBC Sport)
  • Real Madrid 1-0 Getafe: Sergio Ramos penalty sends Real four clear (BBC Sport)
  • Sam Curran: England all-rounder awaits coronavirus test result (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The Accidental Invention of the Slip ‘N Slide (Smithsonian)
  • Shelter in place (Aeon)
  • What Drove Buster Keaton to Try a Civil War Comedy? (Jstor)
  • Ashoka’s moral empire (Aeon)
  • Recreating a Suffragist’s Barnstorming Tour Through the American West (Smithsonian)
  • Shirley Chisholm: Sisterhood Is Complicated (Jstor)

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    Straya Briefly for 03/07/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Gang fatal puts spotlight on Pacific youth (SBS)
  • Sutton expects more Vic COVID-19 deaths (SBS)
  • ‘I’m terrified’: What it’s like as a woman locked up in a men’s prison (ABC)
  • Benson Saulo Australia’s first Indigenous Consul-General to US (NIT)
  • Bikies setting up chapters in south-east Asia to send drugs into Australia (SMH)
  • Unspoken danger in buying more missiles to defend Australia (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Jackie Trad school fiasco raises serious questions about public service independence (ABC)
  • Shelf pity: ‘Rise & Shine’ (The Monthly)
  • Five things to know about Russia’s Constitutional amendments (Pursuit)
  • Australia’s soft-power gap (Inside Story)
  • ‘Flung out of space’: displacement in contemporary queer cinema (Overland)
  • Facebook and Google must move away from the zero-sum game (SMH)
  • Business

  • Unions say Coalition’s ‘demonising’ of unemployed is groundwork for Covid-19 welfare cuts (The Guardian)
  • ‘We will use the full force of the law’, ATO warns JobKeeper rorters as it rejects 6,500 applications (ABC)
  • Politics with Michelle Grattan: two leading economists on Australia’s post-COVID economy (The Conversation)
  • Mayfair 101 faces legal action by former Nationals MP over $1m investment (The Guardian)
  • Jeff Bezos’s fortune soars to an all-time high, even after the most expensive divorce in history (SMH)
  • $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN (The Guardian)
  • World

  • Germany takes helm of EU presidency Merkel urges resolve on virus recovery plan (Deutsche Welle)
  • A new H1N1 swine flu with ‘pandemic potential’ has been found in China. Here’s what we know (ABC)
  • They broke India’s curfew by 15 minutes. Then police allegedly tortured them to death (ABC)
  • Venezuela reverses decision to expel EU ambassador (France 24)
  • Coronavirus: Wealthy nations compete for remdesivir supplies (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus: Testing sewage an ‘easy win’ (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Rising water temperatures could endanger the mating of many fish species (Science Daily)
  • Push for net zero emissions by 2050 is on, whether government follows or not (ABC)
  • Solar households may soon be charged network fee for exports to grid (Renew Economy)
  • Arctic plants may not provide predicted carbon sequestration potential (Science Daily)
  • In the Arctic, spring snowmelt triggers fresh CO2 production (Science Daily)
  • Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Manu Tuilagi can make claim against Leicester for compensation, says lawyer (The Guardian)
  • The Breakdown | Six Nations may decide to take the pay-TV money and run (The Guardian)
  • Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham: Blades end losing run to strengthen top six bid (BBC Sport)
  • Everest prize pool set to have four horses win over $1 million in 2020 (SMH)
  • The Indigenous hole at Australian cricket’s heart (Cricinfo)
  • Manchester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live! (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Shelter in place (Aeon)
  • Fort Nelson Heritage Museum in Fort Nelson, British Columbia (Atlas Obscura)
  • Joy Hester – a body of work, remembered at last (The Conversation)
  • Shirley Chisholm: Sisterhood Is Complicated (Jstor)
  • Ashoka’s moral empire (Aeon)
  • What Drove Buster Keaton to Try a Civil War Comedy? (Jstor)

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    Lanka Briefly for 02/07/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Three teams of 25 investigators probe rogue PNB officers (Daily FT)
  • August 5 Election Counting not on the same day (Daily Mirror)
  • Lanka’s internationally acclaimed children’s book writer no more (The Island)
  • New office hours from Aug. (Daily Mirror)
  • list of selected countries to be revised fortnightly : EC (Daily Mirror)
  • Dehiwala suicide bomber had been under military surveillance (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • The Seetha Arambepola Syndrome: A Sinhala-Buddhist-Feminist Rebuke (Colombo Telegraph)
  • CMC brings confusion in vehicle parking (The Island)
  • expansion of Pallekandal Church within Wilpattu (Daily Mirror)
  • Oh! What games some politicians play (Daily Mirror)
  • Freedom To Demand Unfreedom (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Post-Covid global economy: Threat of Capitalism (The Island)
  • Business

  • President instructs to expedite e-land registration (The Island)
  • CIC Feeds first Lankan company to receive ‘COVID-19 Control Environment’ certification (Daily FT)
  • MasterCard CEO  Ajay Banga new Chair of ICC (Daily FT)
  • IFC exits investment in Cargills Food Company (The Island)
  • ‘SLIIT online exams, a resounding success’ (The Island)
  • Online platform for consultancy needs (Daily FT)
  • World

  • ‘The loss of an icon’: West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies aged 95 (ABC)
  • California closes bars and indoor dining across state as Covid-19 cases surge – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Montenegro: Parliament legalizes same-sex civil partnerships (Deutsche Welle)
  • Bulked-up Ben Simmons ‘good to go’ ahead of NBA restart (ABC)
  • Seattle police move in to clear ‘occupied’ area after Mayor orders BLM protesters to leave (ABC)
  • CIA ‘did not verbally brief Trump’ on Russia report (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Knowledge of severe storm patterns may improve tornado warnings (Science Daily)
  • Ukraine floods: Why climate change and logging are blamed (BBC News)
  • Moody’s: Decline of coal in U.S. electric generating sector ‘seems to be accelerating’ (IEEFA)
  • UniSuper take note: there’s no retirement on a dead planet (The Conversation)
  • Germany’s RWE, E.ON complete asset swap, RWE Renewables now a leading global green energy firm (IEEFA)
  • Transport slump during lockdown reduced Australia’s carbon pollution by 7% in April, but experts warn of rebound (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Sangakkara, Jayawardene called up in investigation into 2011 World Cup final (Cricinfo)
  • Transfer rumours: Griezmann, Silva, Partey, Aurier, Koeman, Salah (BBC Sport)
  • West Ham 3-2 Chelsea: Yarmolenko hits injury-time winner (BBC Sport)
  • Obituary: Sir Everton Weekes – a West Indies legend (BBC Sport)
  • Sir Everton Weekes: West Indies legend dies at 95 (BBC Sport)
  • Inter Milan 6-0 Brescia: Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen score (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Uncovering the Spark of Life – Issue 86: Energy (Nautilus)
  • How Do Native Americans Observe the Fourth of July? (Smithsonian)
  • Virtual Criminal Justice May Make the System More Equitable (Wired)
  • Diorama, qu’est-ce que c’est? (Jstor)
  • How to Make Smoked Foods From Around the World on Your Stove (Atlas Obscura)
  • New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears (Wired)

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