Lanka Briefly for 10/05/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:


  • Ministers prepared to go to jail if … (The Island)
  • Those serving humans are true followers of Lord Buddha: Modi (Daily Mirror)
  • Govt. must ensure welfare of all employees: Sajith (Daily Mirror)
  • Strict guidelines proposed for tourism sector (Daily Mirror)
  • Labour Department reopens Monday with only essential staff (The Island)
  • Sufficient fertilizer released for Yala cultivation, says NFS (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Much longer delay unlikely regarding conducting elections (Daily Mirror)
  • Flattening The Curve & COVIDSafe App: Australia’s Corona Experiment (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Lesson to learn (The Island)
  • NAM takes initiative to bring order into post-Covid disorder (Daily Mirror)
  • ‘Weaponizing’ COVID-19 (The Island)
  • Truth: Accurate, Approximate (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • DFCC Bank offers Special Deposit Account (The Island)
  • Luxury properties from Hong Kong to New York are getting cheaper (The Island)
  • Stafford Motors with Inventive Polymers donates face shields to PHI Union & IDH (The Island)
  • SampathCards reaffirms status as the ‘Responsible Choice,’ during times of hardship (The Island)
  • Hemas’ Dolphin Hotel successfully completes fifth week as a fully dedicated quarantine centre (The Island)
  • ADB supports medical supplies to combat pandemic in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • World

  • Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June (Deutsche Welle)
  • Brazil’s Amazon sees surge in deforestation (BBC News)
  • Covid-19: Daily death toll up in France as hospitalisations continue to fall (France 24)
  • WFP head warns Covid-19 pandemic could provoke ‘famines of biblical proportions’ (France 24)
  • UK ‘to bring in 14-day air passenger quarantine’ (BBC News)
  • How does Coronavirus affect children? (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Post-pandemic energy investments could give green hydrogen a big boost (IEEFA)
  • Transport after coronavirus: how will we fly, drive, commute and ride? (The Guardian)
  • Once again a battle-scarred Britain must find a new role in the world (The Guardian)
  • How did Michael Moore become a hero to climate deniers and the far right? | George Monbiot (The Guardian)
  • Why it doesn’t make economic sense to ignore climate change in our recovery from the pandemic (The Conversation)
  • Benthos in the Antarctic Weddell Sea in decline (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Mark Wood: England cricketers willing to isolate to ensure cricket is played (BBC Sport)
  • Martyn Williams: Wales games behind closed doors would be ‘surreal’ (BBC Sport)
  • Super Rugby mini-series planned as New Zealand set for sport behind closed doors decision (BBC Sport)
  • Migrant stories, a multi-millionaire and the Tinder date – the rise of German cricket (BBC Sport)
  • Coronavirus and sport: LMA chief warns clubs need to back neutral venues (BBC Sport)
  • La Liga aiming for June restart as clubs return to training this week (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • For a child, being carefree is intrinsic to a well-lived life (Aeon)
  • Why People Feel Misinformed, Confused, and Terrified About the Pandemic – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • How Do American Indians Celebrate Mother’s Day? (Smithsonian)
  • A Window on Africa’s Resilience – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • Social Distancing Has Become the Norm. What Have We Learned? (Wired)
  • Why Does Meatpacking Have Such Bad Working Conditions? (Jstor)

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    Selfie #1

    Inspired by Austin Kleon I’m going to try scribble a self portrait per day. Except without mirrors or selfies or anything. Sort of imagining what I look like.

    Might take a bit to work up courage to try my face.

    Straya Briefly for 10/05/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:


  • We’re looking to ease restrictions, so what happens when the next outbreak hits? (ABC)
  • Indigenous Players Alliance sport program best corrective services Commissioner has seen (NIT)
  • Gyms To Reopen In A Few Weeks If Stage One Works (Ten)
  • Kristina Keneally’s immigration call adds fuel to an old fire (SMH)
  • Surprising Supermarket Items We Can’t Get Enough Of (Ten)
  • Scott Morrison details Australia’s three-step path out of coronavirus lockdown (The Guardian)
  • Opinion

  • Teen sensation (The Monthly)
  • This professor thinks Australia is a ‘stand-out loser’ of the coronavirus crisis (ABC)
  • Keneally has picked the wrong fight for this pink-collar recession (SMH)
  • VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the rapid developments in Eden-Monaro, the national cabinet, and next week’s ‘normal’ parliamentary sitting (The Conversation)
  • ‘Three decisions and a two-point plan’: How Australia got on top of COVID-19 (SMH)
  • Trust is back – and it’s governments we’re putting our faith in (SMH)
  • Business

  • ME Bank responds to customer outcry over missing cash (ABC)
  • Rupert Murdoch gives up his bonus as News Corp loses US$1bn in three months (The Guardian)
  • CBA-backed Klarna ready for relaunch after COVID-19 setback (SMH)
  • Latest numbers reveal how super funds are faring during coronavirus crisis (New Daily)
  • Small businesses face uphill battle as COVID-19 restrictions ease (New Daily)
  • Economic managers bank on us being as smart as the average bear (SMH)
  • World

  • Tanzania gets Madagascar’s anti-coronavirus drink disputed by WHO (Al Jazeera English)
  • Pair filmed shooting dead unarmed black jogger in the US charged with murder (ABC)
  • Pandemic disarmament: Why France was ready for Covid-19 a decade too soon (France 24)
  • Donald Trump appears to no longer care about stopping coronavirus deaths (ABC)
  • Taiwan’s vice president says ‘possibility’ that Covid-19 came from Chinese laboratory (France 24)
  • Brazil on verge of economic collapse and food shortages, leaders warn (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Prediction tool shows how forest thinning may increase Sierra Nevada snowpack (Science Daily)
  • Government advisory group pushing quicker renewable transition for South Korea (IEEFA)
  • Queensland’s Yurika to install 15MW of solar on shopping centres (Renew Economy)
  • Unable to manage fire on foot, Indigenous rangers are ‘burning hard from the air’ (ABC)
  • Allianz tightens coal policies, will no longer insure projects starting in 2023 (IEEFA)
  • Benthos in the Antarctic Weddell Sea in decline (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Korea’s K-League: Jeonbuk Motors 1-0 Suwon Bluewings – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Adelaide Crows avoid police sanction over social distancing ‘mistake’ (ABC)
  • More substitutes and option to stop VAR when football season resumes (BBC Sport)
  • Man Utd: Odion Ighalo wants to extend loan and finish season (BBC Sport)
  • Longley’s deafening silence on Jordan and Bulls documentary (SMH)
  • BCCI says India ready for two-week quarantine to make Australia tour happen (Cricinfo)
  • Further reading

  • For a child, being carefree is intrinsic to a well-lived life (Aeon)
  • Why Does Meatpacking Have Such Bad Working Conditions? (Jstor)
  • Social Distancing Has Become the Norm. What Have We Learned? (Wired)
  • Friday essay: coughs on film and the fine but deadly art of foreshadowing (The Conversation)
  • Female husbands (Aeon)
  • Preprints, Science, and the News Cycle (Jstor)

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