Straya Briefly for 14/05/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • New laws could see Border Force officers given extra search and seize powers in immigration detention centres (ABC)
  • Social enterprise restaurant provides ready-made meals to communities (NIT)
  • Half of Australia’s coronavirus-related youth suicides can be prevented, modelling shows (ABC)
  • HECS-style loans for businesses could help transition from JobKeeper (SMH)
  • Coldest Mornings Of The Year Predicted For Parts Of Australia (Ten)
  • ‘Deeply shocking’: Here’s what you told us about COVID-19 racism in Australia (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • China’s latest move against Australian imports is straight from Beijing’s punishment playbook (ABC)
  • Conspiracy theories used to be fun! Now everyone is freaking out about everything all at once | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • Holding corporations to account (Pursuit)
  • Vale Jack Mundey (Overland)
  • A model for fearless leadership in a crisis? Hint: he steers two major sports (SMH)
  • Flying blind (The Monthly)
  • Business

  • We need to plan for life after JobKeeper now. We need to make it portable (The Conversation)
  • Investors set to miss out on $10b in dividends as big banks ride out the COVID-19 storm (ABC)
  • George Street skyscraper to replace last major cinema in Sydney’s CBD if approved (ABC)
  • ‘Biggest shock in modern times’: Wall Street dives as Fed chair warns of long, painful downturn for US (SMH)
  • Scape seals $2b Urbanest student digs deal (SMH)
  • How to tweak JobKeeper, if we must (The Conversation)
  • World

  • Emerging from lockdown, France’s cherished bookshops battle to avoid shutdown (France 24)
  • ‘This virus may never go away,’ WHO says (Al Jazeera English)
  • Yemen: Nobel Peace Prize winner smeared in online campaign (Deutsche Welle)
  • Train union threatens strike as Londoners pack tubes and buses after lockdown eases (ABC)
  • Coronavirus latest: WHO says ‘Every country should still be at the highest level of alert’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Owners tie dogs to poles and walk away as coronavirus rumours swirl in India (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Cold War nuke tests changed rainfall (Science Daily)
  • Norway’s investment fund withdraws coal-related holdings, puts others on notice (IEEFA)
  • France’s Engie planning substantial investments in U.S. renewable energy, no new gas plants (IEEFA)
  • Experts warn of growing fossil fuel influence in Morrison’s Covid-19 response (Renew Economy)
  • Seeds of hope: on a mission to protect Tasmania’s ancient pencil pines (The Guardian)
  • Youth activists challenge Clive Palmer coal mine saying it impacts their human rights (ABC)
  • Sport

  • English youth rugby’s obsession with size stunts the progress of talent | Robert Kitson (The Guardian)
  • Adam Zampa: Australia’s T20I focus rewarded by top ranking (Cricinfo)
  • NRL to revert to one referee, agrees to new rules for the rest of the 2020 NRL season (ABC)
  • Golfers travelling to play in US will have to quarantine (BBC Sport)
  • Sydney Football Stadium completion date raises fears for 2022 NRL grand final (SMH)
  • Newcastle United fans urged to resist Saudi Arabia fund takeover (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Literary magazines are often the first place new authors are published. We can’t lose them (The Conversation)
  • Ming (Aeon)
  • Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice (Aeon)
  • Here’s How to Stream 11 Free Smithsonian Associates Programs (Smithsonian)
  • Why coronavirus must not stop Australia creating denser cities (The Conversation)
  • As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density (The Conversation)

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    Lanka Briefly for 13/05/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Defunct PCs seek more funding from cash-strapped Govt. (The Island)
  • Country’s Covid-19 count reaches 872; 366 have already recovered (The Island)
  • Several political parties say time not right for elections (The Island)
  • Indian HC designate to Sri Lanka offers prayers to the Buddha via video calls to chief prelates (The Island)
  • Shooting at pet dog Retired SP arrested (Daily Mirror)
  • Passports, NICs should be issued at district level: President (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Is The EU Encouraging Money Laundering In Sri Lanka? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Easing of the Lockdown: Dipping a toe in risky waters (Daily Mirror)
  • Scapegoating The Muslims: From Aluthgama To Post-Easter Sunday To Covid-19 (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Port fairy…it’s no fairly tale (The Island)
  • Beer Without Alcohol Or Love Without Life? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Post- lockdown Sri Lanka: Whither Economy? (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Delisting of Sri Lanka by European Commission from its List of High Risk 3rd Countries (The Island)
  • SriLankan Airlines offers travel passage for travelers supporting global lockdown ease (The Island)
  • CSE trading turnover crosses Rs. 3.65 bn mark; boosted by Watawala Palantations crossing (The Island)
  • DFCC Bank offers higher interest rates for fixed deposits as a relief measure for COVID-19 (The Island)
  • ComBank launches CyberSource IPG Solutions in partnership with Visa Inc. (The Island)
  • Mitra Innovation announces partnership with Creatio (The Island)
  • World

  • Putin’s spokesman is latest Russian senior official hospitalised with coronavirus (ABC)
  • At odds with Trump, US virus expert Fauci warns of the risks of reopening too soon (France 24)
  • US condemns attack on Afghan maternity ward (BBC News)
  • Coronavirus Special Podcast #12 | Economic impact of COVID-19 in Africa (Deutsche Welle)
  • No deaths, pubs open: How has Vietnam beat coronavirus? (ABC)
  • Fauci warns of ‘needless suffering and death’ before Republican senator launches attack (ABC)
  • Climate

  • The butterfly effect: Climate change could cause decline of some alpine butterfly species (Science Daily)
  • Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core? (Science Daily)
  • EIA: U.S. coal-fired electricity generation fell to 43-year low in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • It’s official: expert review rejects NSW plan to let seawater flow into the Murray River (The Conversation)
  • Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say (The Guardian)
  • Federal regulators approve 690MW, $1 billion Gemini Solar Project, largest in U.S. (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Transfer rumours: Bale, Ndombele, Sancho, Ighalo, Pogba, Messi (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Restrictions in place for team training under ‘Project Restart’ (BBC Sport)
  • World Rugby outlaws tries scored against posts (BBC Sport)
  • Amiens start legal case after French Ligue 1 relegation (BBC Sport)
  • Celtic ‘satisfied’ no wrongdoing at SPFL after vote against inquiry (BBC Sport)
  • Women’s World Cup 2021: Qualifier postponed because of coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Some Like Them Hot! (Jstor)
  • The Book That Invented the World – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • The US Could Deliver Stimulus Checks Faster—With Tech’s Help (Wired)
  • California floater mussels take fish for a joyride (Aeon)
  • A Notorious 17th-Century Pirate, the Many Lives of the Louvre and Other New Books to Read (Smithsonian)
  • The Slippery Problem of Measuring Enormous Hunks of Hail (Atlas Obscura)

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    Straya Briefly for 13/05/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Experts call for urgent research on coronavirus-linked child disease (SMH)
  • Australian Brothels, Strip Clubs Indefinitely Closed Under Restrictions Roadmap (Ten)
  • US woman wanted over fatal crash asks for release after coronavirus halts extradition (ABC)
  • 16 Adelaide Crows And Assistant Coach Sanctioned Over Breaching COVID Restrictions (Ten)
  • Government gives $150m to aid wildlife recovery after bushfires (SMH)
  • Why Nurses Are Volunteering To Be On The COVID Front Line (Ten)
  • Opinion

  • A lot to be desired: ‘Normal People’ (The Monthly)
  • Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery committee looks fixed on a gas-fired rebound (ABC)
  • Regional Australians are just as deserving of support as those suffering the consequences of Covid-19 | Pete Mailler (The Guardian)
  • The glamour of being ‘high-risk’ (Overland)
  • India’s local governments tackling COVID-19 (Pursuit)
  • The hashtag that shook the foundations of Alan Jones’ power (SMH)
  • Business

  • The women making your clothes could be worse off due to the COVID-19 crisis (ABC)
  • Zali Steggall increasingly concerned about Morrison government’s Covid Commission (The Guardian)
  • Virgin Australia administrators move to re-offer credits for cancelled flights (The Guardian)
  • Labor and the Greens push to extend eligibility for jobkeeper scheme (The Guardian)
  • The pandemic budget: moving New Zealand from critical care to long-term recovery (The Conversation)
  • Bupa fined millions for offering extras to aged care residents it never provided (ABC)
  • World

  • Fauci warns of ‘needless suffering and death’ before Republican Senator launches attack (ABC)
  • Russia investigates ventilators after hospital fire kills coronavirus patients (ABC)
  • Trump seeks Supreme Court’s help to keep tax records hidden (Al Jazeera English)
  • Exclusive: Madagascar’s president defends controversial homegrown Covid-19 cure (France 24)
  • Coronavirus: UK rail worker dies after ‘carrier’ spat on her (Deutsche Welle)
  • Spain: 113-year-old woman beats coronavirus (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Growing mountains or shifting ground: What is going on in Earth’s inner core? (Science Daily)
  • It’s official: expert review rejects NSW plan to let seawater flow into the Murray River (The Conversation)
  • Ancient rocks show high oxygen levels on Earth 2 billion years ago (Science Daily)
  • EIA: U.S. coal-fired electricity generation fell to 43-year low in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • Queensland urged to unlock $36bn renewable investment boom in lead-up to election (Renew Economy)
  • Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Premier League: Restrictions in place for team training under ‘Project Restart’ (BBC Sport)
  • Addo-Carr to fight NRL, police fines for social-distancing breach (SMH)
  • Amiens start legal case after French Ligue 1 relegation (BBC Sport)
  • Adam Zampa wants to be more than a white-ball specialist (Cricinfo)
  • SPFL clubs vote against independent investigation into April vote (BBC Sport)
  • AFL home and away format plans dealt major blow by SA health authorities (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Book review: Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson mixes real stories with romance (The Conversation)
  • Some Like Them Hot! (Jstor)
  • California floater mussels take fish for a joyride (Aeon)
  • The Book That Invented the World – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • Coronavirus lays bare 5 big housing system flaws to be fixed (The Conversation)
  • So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums? (The Conversation)

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