Lanka Briefly for 23/01/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • DNA samples of Sara don’t match, CID tells court (The Island)
  • South Asia’s first all-electric supercar leaves for Geneva Motor Show (Daily FT)
  • Lawmakers say parts of CB forensic audit missing (Daily FT)
  • Ranjan challenges govt. to appoint a Commission of Inquiry (Republic Next)
  • Prez GR won’t accommodate defeated candidates on NL (The Island)
  • Ranjan tables audio clips in Parliament (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • MCC grant: project options for govt. (The Island)
  • Art widens our understanding of society – Rajitha Dissanayake (Daily Mirror)
  • On The So-Called “Bonanza” I Made (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Ranjan Ramanayake Campaigner or attention seeker (Daily Mirror)
  • The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses (Daily FT)
  • Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka? (Daily FT)
  • Business

  • Indira Malwatte joins Cargills Board (Daily FT)
  • Corporate tax cuts seen as boosting bourse (The Island)
  • Ban on civil helicopter flights from Colombo lifted (Republic Next)
  • New chairman for SEC (The Island)
  • ICCSL calls on Central Bank Governor (Daily FT)
  • Cabinet nod to purchase paddy at Rs. 50 through PMB (Daily FT)
  • World

  • What we know so far about the mysterious new Chinese virus (SBS)
  • South Korean transgender soldier to sue army over dismissal for gender confirmation surgery (ABC)
  • Matildas’ Olympic qualifiers relocated due to coronavirus outbreak in China (ABC)
  • Women imprisoned in eastern Ukraine describe ‘inhumane conditions’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Pandemic fears grow as new coronavirus spreads (Deutsche Welle)
  • Why is ‘pettifogging’ suddenly in the news? (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Collapsing permafrost is transforming Arctic lakes, ponds and streams (The Conversation)
  • New BlackRock coal policy seen as a milestone in divestment movement (IEEFA)
  • Pasha 50: The threat of climate change to South Africa’s agriculture (The Conversation)
  • Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023 (IEEFA)
  • How new meltwater lakes are accelerating shrinkage of glaciers in the Himalaya (The Conversation)
  • UK climate scientist corrects Australian MP Craig Kelly’s ‘blatant misrepresentation’ (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Angelo Mathews’ maiden double-century puts Sri Lanka in a near-unassailable position (Cricinfo)
  • Eli Manning: New York Giants quarterback announces retirement (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United 0-2 Burnley: Clarets shock United at Old Trafford (BBC Sport)
  • Juventus 3-1 Roma: Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juve reach Coppa Italia semi-finals (BBC Sport)
  • Leicester 4-1 West Ham: Routine win for Foxes despite Jamie Vardy blow (BBC Sport)
  • Tottenham 2-1 Norwich: Dele Alli and Son Heung-min secure Spurs’ first league win of the year (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Ray Bradbury on War, Recycling, and Artificial Intelligence (Jstor)
  • A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters (Smithsonian)
  • Highbrows and self-helpers (Aeon)
  • The Transformation of Namibia’s Etosha Pan, From Parched to Soaked (Atlas Obscura)
  • Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost? (Aeon)
  • Vodafone is the eighth company to quit Facebook’s digital currency project (MIT Tech Review)

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    Straya Briefly for 23/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Govt agencies have not honoured their commitment to fuel reduction: Barilaro (Sky News)
  • Threat of pension poverty forcing more pensioners into part-time work to make ends meet (ABC)
  • Older Australians’ increasing wait before nursing home care: report (SMH)
  • Labor backs govt plan to scrap surplus for bushfire recovery (Sky News)
  • Michael Pascoe: Morrison announces massive carbon emissions cuts – but he doesn’t mean it (New Daily)
  • Frustration over face masks as coronavirus cases in China climb to 440, nine dead as virus adapts and mutates (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • Scott Morrison orders probe into whether Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial code (The Conversation)
  • What a feeling! The eroticism of Flashdance (Overland)
  • How good is Matt Kean? (Inside Story)
  • Our plan is to stop the fires by chopping down everything flammable BEFORE it burns. Marketing genius! | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • Morrison just adding mirrors to the smoke, with no real action (SMH)
  • No one job is worth saving at the expense of climate catastrophe. Not even Scott Morrison’s | Richard Denniss (The Guardian)
  • Business

  • Crown Resorts: shareholders’ lawyers lose bid to overturn secrecy provisions (The Guardian)
  • Australians are throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of a home deposit (ABC)
  • Great Barrier Reef group severs ties with Greyhound over Adani contract (The Guardian)
  • Can I chime in on my co-worker’s dress code? (SMH)
  • Controversial Old Mate tourism ad was deemed ‘not child friendly’ before release (ABC)
  • Unprecedented bushfires knock consumer confidence for six (New Daily)
  • World

  • ‘The Last Ones’ : Listening to survivors of the concentration camp (France 24)
  • Hollywood ‘titan’ Weinstein also ‘a rapist’, prosecutors say as trial begins (ABC)
  • Report indicates Saudi Crown Prince had ‘possible involvement’ in Bezos phone hack (ABC)
  • Pandemic fears grow as new coronavirus spreads (Deutsche Welle)
  • Saudi prince may be involved in Bezos phone hacking: UN (Al Jazeera English)
  • Italy: Populist 5-Star leader Di Maio quits amid party discord (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • I lived in the Sahara for 18 years. What I learnt could help solve our bushfire crisis (ABC)
  • Infigen tapped as retailer for Tesla Australia EV supercharger network (Renew Economy)
  • Collapsing permafrost is transforming Arctic lakes, ponds and streams (The Conversation)
  • New BlackRock coal policy seen as a milestone in divestment movement (IEEFA)
  • 23 solar farms added to grid in 2019 as PV costs fall to record lows (Renew Economy)
  • Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023 (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Australian Open: Federer beats Krajinovic, Madison Keys through – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Jonathan Wells, Peter Siddle take Strikers closer to playoffs (Cricinfo)
  • Saracens keen to see publication of long-awaited salary-cap report (The Guardian)
  • Nick Kyrgios tells AOC he wants to stay in athletes’ village in Tokyo (SMH)
  • Jordan Thompson suffers heartbreaking five-set loss to Fabio Fognini (SMH)
  • Williams, Federer show off championship class on blockbuster night at Aus Open (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Vodafone is the eighth company to quit Facebook’s digital currency project (MIT Tech Review)
  • Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here’s how Australian owners could cash in (The Conversation)
  • Ray Bradbury on War, Recycling, and Artificial Intelligence (Jstor)
  • UN calls for investigation of Saudis allegedly hacking Jeff Bezos (MIT Tech Review)
  • Highbrows and self-helpers (Aeon)
  • The Diplomatic Intrigue That Gave Morocco a Cameo Appearance in the U.S. Civil War (Smithsonian)

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    Lanka Briefly for 22/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Leadership crisis, phone scandal et al proved why UNP should be discarded at the general election- Prof. Peiris (The Island)
  • New SEC Chairman appointed, but appointment bad in law, claim analysts (Daily FT)
  • Hirunika lodges complaint at CID over leaked phone calls (Republic Next)
  • Speaker approves release of forensic audit reports (Daily FT)
  • Man sentenced to prison in Germany for Minister Kadiragamar murder (The Island)
  • Speaker orders bond scam forensic audit report be tabled in parliament (Republic Next)
  • Opinion

  • Time is ripe to send political professionals to Parliament (Daily FT)
  • When political journeys turn tumultuous A tale of two leaders (Daily Mirror)
  • Project Scope Options If The Government Wishes To Accept The MCC Grant (Colombo Telegraph)
  • When A Rose Is Not A Rose: The Change Of The Normative Framework (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Project scope options if the Government wishes to accept the MCC Grant (Daily FT)
  • Sustaining State Legitimacy Also Requires Ethics (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • SL’s participation for 1st time at ‘Indusfood – Tech 2020’ witnesses positive responses for SMEs (Daily FT)
  • Cabinet gives approval to amend Tax Acts inclusive of new tax relief measures (The Island)
  • UltraTech Cement cuts prices (Daily FT)
  • ​Shyamalie Wijegunawardena of Spring & Summer ‘No. 1 Female Entrepreneur in Large Business Category’ (Daily FT)
  • CSE positive following PM-CSBA talks (The Island)
  • December inflation rises to 6.2% (Daily FT)
  • World

  • With the Matildas heading to the heart of coronavirus, the FFA is on high alert (ABC)
  • New country, same harassment: Harry and Meghan threaten legal action against British press (ABC)
  • Having impeachment déjà vu? There’s a reason for that (ABC)
  • US deports Iranian student despite court order (Al Jazeera English)
  • Russia: Putin announces new Cabinet after prime minister resigns (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran lashes out against Albania after Soleimani killing (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned (The Conversation)
  • Renewable sector handily tops oil and gas index in 2019 U.S. stock market results (IEEFA)
  • S&P: Enel’s shift from coal to renewables a ‘key credit strength’ for Italy-based company (IEEFA)
  • Oceans, biodiversity, deforestation: what’s on the climate agenda for 2020? (The Guardian)
  • India’s Azure Power to invest $3.7 billion building 4GW of renewable capacity by 2024 (IEEFA)
  • Warm winter, low gas prices put squeeze on U.S. coal-fired electric output (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • West Indies to tour Sri Lanka in February for three ODIs, two T20Is (Cricinfo)
  • Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis lead Sri Lanka’s strong reply (Cricinfo)
  • Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Hector Bellerin earns Arsenal point in London derby (BBC Sport)
  • Everton 2-2 Newcastle United: Magpies rescue late point at Goodison Park (BBC Sport)
  • Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero comes off bench to score winner (BBC Sport)
  • Miami Grand Prix: Formula 1 makes further changes to plans for Florida race (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Coyotes Poised to Infiltrate South America (Smithsonian)
  • The drill (Aeon)
  • Got Milk? You Probably Got Fire Retardants, Too (Jstor)
  • Nine Years Later, Furry Friends—and Foes—Are Returning to Fukushima (Atlas Obscura)
  • The Diplomatic Intrigue That Gave Morocco a Cameo Appearance in the U.S. Civil War (Smithsonian)
  • The meaning of Margaret Mead (Aeon)

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    Straya Briefly for 22/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • McKenzie approved $36,000 for shooting club without saying she was a member (SMH)
  • ‘Please take back your trash from Indonesia’: Pre-teen activist sends letter to Scott Morrison (ABC)
  • Fire At Sydney School Hall Blankets Suburb In Thick Smoke (Ten)
  • Christensen misused domestic travel that linked up with month-long holiday (SMH)
  • PM flags national hazard reduction register (Sky News)
  • ‘I am horrified’: Scientist who linked climate change with bushfires in 1987 says it’s not too late (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • ‘Spreadsheet towers’ populate every major city — and they’re becoming a major problem (ABC)
  • Against the Storm: workers’ resistance in wartime Japan (Overland)
  • Juries need to be told how they’re allowed to use the internet to ensure fair trials (The Conversation)
  • Our first peoples already have a blueprint to remake the fire-ravaged land, it’s in our country’s bones | Jack Pascoe (The Guardian)
  • Cabinet spots up for grabs, as Gutwein settles in (ABC)
  • The annual property Hunger Games begin in the city with Australia’s highest rent (ABC)
  • Business

  • If your home was destroyed, could you afford to rebuild? (ABC)
  • NAB faces class action lawsuit for delaying moving $6.3bn of super to low-fee accounts (The Guardian)
  • The science backs Harry and Meghan turning in their royal privilege. Fame and fortune aren’t the keys to happiness (The Conversation)
  • Soft business investment is the key to understanding weak economy: ANZ (New Daily)
  • NAB faces class action from 330,000 super members (SMH)
  • Coronavirus: shares in Asia Pacific fall sharply as fears mount (The Guardian)
  • World

  • New country, same harassment: Harry and Meghan threaten legal action against British press (ABC)
  • Planting trees? That’s your plan? The house is on fire! Thunberg blasts Trump at Davos (ABC)
  • LIVE: President Trump’s impeachment trial opens in the US Senate (France 24)
  • Pakistan delays release of film after far-right protest threat (Al Jazeera English)
  • UN rights body: Climate change could be grounds for asylum (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump attacks environmental ‘prophets of doom’ at Davos 2020 (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Tiny crystals in WA desert reveal world’s oldest known meteorite strike site (ABC)
  • Green Swans: Central banks may have to foot bill for stranded fossil fuel assets (Renew Economy)
  • Oceans, biodiversity, deforestation: what’s on the climate agenda for 2020? (The Guardian)
  • Australia to add 3.6GW of new solar and wind to grid in 2020 (Renew Economy)
  • Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned (The Conversation)
  • Landmark decision from UN Human Rights Committee paves way for climate refugees (ABC)
  • Sport

  • Premier League: Six games, including Chelsea v Arsenal (BBC Sport)
  • Clubs fear retribution through new $150m sport fund if they criticise Government over grants (ABC)
  • Nick Kyrgios’ brilliance lights up Australian Open despite power cut (The Guardian)
  • Kyrgios feud ‘water under the bridge’ for former AOC nemesis Chiller (SMH)
  • Manchester United charged by FA for player conduct in Liverpool defeat (BBC Sport)
  • Maria Sharapova unsure if she will return to Australian Open after early exit (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • The drill (Aeon)
  • Copycats, Demon Drink, and the Power of a Color (Jstor)
  • The rise of the ‘porntropreneur’: even hustlers need side hustles in the gig economy (The Conversation)
  • IBM’s debating AI just got a lot closer to being a useful tool (MIT Tech Review)
  • Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date (The Conversation)
  • Maps Are Biased Against Animals (Wired)

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    Lanka Briefly for 21/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Retired judge Padmini questioned over Ranjan’s leaked phone recordings (The Island)
  • Chained ‘prince’ suffers at place of prestige (Daily Mirror)
  • Prez urged to ensure estate workers get wage increase (The Island)
  • PM assures boost for stock market (Daily FT)
  • CC to meet Thursday on Kodagoda’s SC appointment (Daily Mirror)
  • Task force appointed to take tourism to $ 10 b target (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • India’s diplomatic relations with US and China – Aligning with the far to balance the near (Daily FT)
  • Leak of Ranjan’s phone recordings – some queries (The Island)
  • Lahore High Court’s ruling in Musharraf case stemmed army-judiciary clash in Pakistan (Daily Mirror)
  • Eventually, an outspoken President for Sri Lanka! (Daily Mirror)
  • The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions: Wijeyadasa’s ‘21st & 22nd Amendments’ (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Appeasement Politics (The Island)
  • Business

  • BOC sponsors five Sri Lankan students who excelled at International Junior Science Olympiad held in Qatar (The Island)
  • International exposure for Sri Lankan boat manufacturers at ‘Boot Show’ – Dusseldorf, Germany (Daily FT)
  • ‘fromSriLanka.com’: New era for Sri Lankan products in the global market (Daily FT)
  • Main CSE indices dip; crossings dominate (The Island)
  • CIMA president rings Market Opening Bell to celebrate centenary year (The Island)
  • Seylan Bank enables multicurrency transactions for LEADS (The Island)
  • World

  • Norway’s Government collapses over decision to bring IS bride home (ABC)
  • Macron Trump agree to hold off on digital tax for tech giants (Deutsche Welle)
  • Folk singer says ‘I’m sorry’ and dies on stage (ABC)
  • Thousands of gun rights activists, many armed, rally in Virginia (Al Jazeera English)
  • US Colombia vow to support effort to oust Venezuela’s Maduro (Deutsche Welle)
  • Child stowaway’s death triggers eviction of 200,000 people living near Ivory Coast airport (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Why is climate scepticism so successful in the United States? (The Conversation)
  • Is the environmental movement ageist? | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Greenpeace hits out at Davos banks for $1.4tn climate hypocrisy (The Guardian)
  • How we made Captain Planet and the Planeteers (The Guardian)
  • Warming oceans force leatherback turtles on longer journeys to feed (The Guardian)
  • BlackRock now needs to use its voting clout to fuel sustainable investing (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Lasith Embuldeniya takes five but Zimbabwe in control (Cricinfo)
  • Australian Open: Konta v Jabeur – radio & text (BBC Sport)
  • West Brom 0-1 Stoke: Tyrese Campbell winner sees Potters stun out-of-form Albion (BBC Sport)
  • Marcus Rashford: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has to take some blame’, says Ian Wright (BBC Sport)
  • Chandler Parsons: Atlanta Hawks star’s career in doubt after ‘traumatic brain injury’ (BBC Sport)
  • Iain Carter: Slow play rule change inspires players to hit the accelerator (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech (Wired)
  • Your kid’s phone probably isn’t making them depressed (MIT Tech Review)
  • Crispus Attucks Needs No Introduction. Or Does He? (Jstor)
  • An Open Source Effort to Encrypt the Internet of Things (Wired)
  • When Sports Have “Death Waivers” (Jstor)
  • La Planta (Power Plant) in San Agustín Etla, Mexico (Atlas Obscura)

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