Lanka Briefly for 24/01/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • No Presidential commission to investigate Ranjan’s tapes-Govt. (Republic Next)
  • Forensic Audits incomplete without relevant Annexures – Speaker (The Island)
  • No CDs tabled by Ranjan – Kanchana (Daily Mirror)
  • Tourism triumph in the works for 2020 (Daily FT)
  • Thermal scanners at BIA to detect corona virus carriers (Daily Mirror)
  • Sriyani asks Hirunika to think before speaking (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Peace Prize or Oscar, Trump must decide! (The Island)
  • Time to promulgate non-aligned economic policy (Daily FT)
  • Benefit from our cultural history (The Island)
  • Quid pro quo: A study of sexual bribery in Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Two “Unconventional” politicians and “Crisis” exposed (Daily Mirror)
  • CHEC violates permit conditions for vehicles (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Work starts on new UNIDO Sri Lanka Country Program today (Daily FT)
  • CTC becomes lead contributor to CSE turnover; financial sector counters active (The Island)
  • Prez and PM walking two different paths as SL faces economic crisis – UNP (Republic Next)
  • SLTDA works with Korean Tourism Organization to develop a theme homestay village in Knuckles Mountain Range (The Island)
  • Ethical Extracts achieves CarbonNeutral Manufacturer status (Daily FT)
  • Jaffna International Trade Fair 2020 kicks off today (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Storm Gloria death toll in Spain hits 13, Prime Minister calls emergency meeting (ABC)
  • Mount Vesuvius eruption melted victim’s brain to glass (Deutsche Welle)
  • Democrats say Trump’s impeachment trial is like Alice in Wonderland — and it’s just getting curiouser (ABC)
  • US rejects Harry Dunn death extradition request (BBC News)
  • Poland: Lawmakers give green light to judge ‘muzzle law’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • China instigates ‘unprecedented’ lockdown of more cities as virus mutates (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Moody’s reaffirms its negative outlook on U.S. coal sector (IEEFA)
  • Vital Signs: climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn’t up to central banks (The Conversation)
  • Australian bushfires will cause jump in CO2 in atmosphere, say scientists (The Guardian)
  • Spain looks to boost solar capacity, speed coal phaseout in new energy plan (IEEFA)
  • The dramatic dismissal of a landmark youth climate lawsuit might not close the book on that case (The Conversation)
  • Rapid growth expected in Asian offshore wind market (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Lahiru Kumara breaks through Zimbabwe’s resistance to seal victory (Cricinfo)
  • Sam Kerr: Australian superstar was ‘nervous’ ahead of WSL debut (BBC Sport)
  • Wolves 1-2 Liverpool: Roberto Firmino scores late winner for leaders (BBC Sport)
  • Tranmere shock Watford in FA Cup to set up Man Utd fourth-round tie (BBC Sport)
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Could Sunday’s FA Cup tie be his last match as Manchester United boss? (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United: Marcus Rashford has ‘as long as he needs’ to get fit (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Ancient Bat Guano Reveals Thousands of Years of Human Impact on the Environment (Smithsonian)
  • Home (Dom) (Aeon)
  • How Comparative Religion Took Root in the 19th Century (Jstor)
  • Why John Baldessari Burned His Own Art (Jstor)
  • Before, now, and next (Aeon)
  • An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience – Issue 81: Maps (Nautilus)

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    Straya Briefly for 24/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Bowling club wants to know why it missed out on ‘modest’ $40,000 government sports grant (ABC)
  • Scott Morrison’s father John dies aged 84 (ABC)
  • PM will not pressure dept head ‘one way or the other’ on McKenzie (Sky News)
  • Bullying, abused and attacked: Pleas for civility as female MP quits after 16 years (ABC)
  • Australia Day controversy: What date could it be instead? (New Daily)
  • Hundreds of Australians caught up in global sting by tax agencies (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them (The Conversation)
  • I’m excited about my new job, but it’s cost me $700 before I’ve even started (ABC)
  • All hole and no plot: fixing Australia’s literary sector (Overland)
  • Stopping the pandemic: countries work together on coronavirus control (SMH)
  • Dear Australia, elegy for a summer of loss | Amy Coopes (The Guardian)
  • Grattan on Friday: Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck (The Conversation)
  • Business

  • Australian clients to get ‘scary’ letters in tax crackdown on multinational (The Guardian)
  • Hemp is an eco-friendly material, but here’s why Australia doesn’t grow more of it (ABC)
  • Bauer chief determined to proceed with $40m Pac Mags deal with Seven (SMH)
  • ‘More bullish than ever’: Loyalty focus as startups take on troubled retail sector (SMH)
  • ‘It’s just bad policy’: NT social services slam ‘mixed messages’ about controversial welfare proposal (ABC)
  • Westpac appoints banking veteran John McFarlane as new chairman (Sky News)
  • World

  • China locks more cities as coronavirus spreads to new countries (ABC)
  • Davos Debate: Tackling the digital tax dilemma (France 24)
  • World Holocaust Forum: Israelis want action on anti-Semitism not words (Deutsche Welle)
  • Banker in Angola money laundering scandal kills himself say police (Deutsche Welle)
  • Doomsday Clock nearest to apocalypse than ever (BBC News)
  • Netanyahu condemns ‘tyrants of Tehran’ in Holocaust speech (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Vital Signs: climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn’t up to central banks (The Conversation)
  • Victorian Liberals change tack and push for long-term federal emissions targets (Renew Economy)
  • The dramatic dismissal of a landmark youth climate lawsuit might not close the book on that case (The Conversation)
  • Malcolm Turnbull criticises Scott Morrison’s response to Australia’s bushfire crisis (ABC)
  • University forced to dump coal conference over planned climate blockade (ABC)
  • Downer earnings hit after more problems at wind and solar projects (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • FA Cup: Tranmere Rovers v Watford (BBC Sport)
  • Ashton Turner hopeful of turning his form around after horror run (Cricinfo)
  • Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus | Robert Kitson (The Guardian)
  • ‘I really don’t care’: Nadal dismisses Kyrgios impersonation (SMH)
  • BBL winning over cricket’s traditionalists even as crowd concerns begin (ABC)
  • Nick Kyrgios wins war with himself and Gilles Simon at Australian Open (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • NASA has now decided what it is going to send to the moon next year (MIT Tech Review)
  • Home (Dom) (Aeon)
  • Don’t Break Up Big Tech (Wired)
  • Ancient Bat Guano Reveals Thousands of Years of Human Impact on the Environment (Smithsonian)
  • These are the most detailed photos yet of the far side of the moon (MIT Tech Review)
  • Friday essay: this grandmother tree connects me to Country. I cried when I saw her burned (The Conversation)

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    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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