Lanka Briefly for 15/12/2019

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Why Sajith got heavily defeated at the Presidential polls: Pampering the minorities at the expense of the majority (Sunday Observer)
  • An efficient country free from corruption: A pledge from the uppermost (Sunday Observer)
  • CID arrests duo claiming to be ‘white van’ drivers (Sunday Observer)
  • Moragahakanda: Farmers yet to reap full benefit (Sunday Observer)
  • Govt will review MCC, SOFA & ACSA, AG tells SC (Republic Next)
  • Govt predicts 4-4.5% growth in 2020 – Treasury Sec (Sunday Observer)
  • Opinion

  • Addressing Challenges Democracy Will Encounter In Coming Years (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Work, cults and pushback: The politics of the unusual (Sunday Observer)
  • The flooring of ideologies and ideologues (Sunday Observer)
  • A Journey of Winning Hearts and Minds of a Nation! (Sunday Observer)
  • MCC Debate II : From Mahaweli Diversion To Transport & Land Projects (Colombo Telegraph)
  • How Do You Expect Tamils To March Together With Other Communities? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • Colombo Port City project : ‘Laws and investments in place soon’ (Sunday Observer)
  • e-Commerce era drives rethink on logistics and packaging (Sunday Observer)
  • Tourism industry hopeful of winter revival (Sunday Observer)
  • Rs. 810 m technical assistance for modernisation program : EU support for sustainable and productive agriculture (Sunday Observer)
  • Vallibel Finance to build 16-storey financial landmark (The Island)
  • Sanasa Insurance partners with GIZ to launch insurance app for local farmers (The Island)
  • World

  • Anger erupts at UN climate summit as major economies resist bold action (ABC)
  • France: Winds flooding leave thousands of homes without power (Deutsche Welle)
  • Scotland’s campaign for a new independence referendum begins (France 24)
  • UK tourist ‘shot dead’ in robbery in Argentina (BBC News)
  • UN climate conference talks deadlocked in Madrid (Deutsche Welle)
  • Sudan’s former president sentenced to two years’ detention for corruption (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Can kitchen gardens combat climate change? (BBC News)
  • Rupert Murdoch says ‘no climate change deniers around’ – but his writers prove him wrong (The Guardian)
  • UK election shows centre-left can’t win by ‘preaching’ to base, Labor’s Jim Chalmers says (The Guardian)
  • India’s Azure Power wins contract for 2GW of solar from SECI (IEEFA)
  • Record-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW (IEEFA)
  • Australia’s democracy has faceplanted and Labor is staring down some disturbing truths | Katharine Murphy (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Overnight rain washes out play on day four (Cricinfo)
  • Eliud Kipchoge wins World Sport Star of the Year 2019 (BBC Sport)
  • Monterrey 3-2 Al-Sadd: Liverpool to face Monterrey in Club World Cup semi-finals (BBC Sport)
  • Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss rejects Champions League expansion claims (BBC Sport)
  • Mainz 0-4 Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho scores for sixth game in row (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League results: Liverpool’s lead extended at top (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Tidal forces carry the mathematical signature of gravitational waves (MIT Tech Review)
  • There’s No Template for Emotional Intelligence (Jstor)
  • 15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached (Wired)
  • Memories Can Be Injected and Survive Amputation and Metamorphosis – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments – Issue 79: Catalysts (Nautilus)
  • Is the Law of Conservation of Energy Cancelled? – Issue 79: Catalysts (Nautilus)

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    Straya Briefly for 15/12/2019

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Meet the people who live like the 1970s never ended (ABC)
  • SA sticks to plastic straw ban despite opposition from disability sector (ABC)
  • Immigration Minister to take indefinite leave of absence (Sky News)
  • Australia’s military history is full of myths. Here are four (ABC)
  • Morrison government starts $100m recycling fund after ‘delay’ (SMH)
  • Digger donations: Billionaire Chau Chak Wing donating millions to Australian veterans (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • Conservative landslide at UK’s Brexit election; Trump’s ratings rise on strong US economy (The Conversation)
  • Johnson’s thumping win an electoral lesson in not just having policies, but knowing how to sell them (The Conversation)
  • I am 21 and lonely. This is why so many of my generation are feeling the same (ABC)
  • Is fragile masculinity the biggest obstacle to climate action? (ABC)
  • Faith column Dec 15 (SMH)
  • My country community wants practical talk not debates about climate (SMH)
  • Business

  • E-scooters — fast, cheap, more convenient than bike riding and illegal in most Australian states (ABC)
  • Two big tipping points in 2019 went largely unnoticed (SMH)
  • Why the Holden Commodore ran out of road (SMH)
  • Myer cash registers crash during peak Christmas shopping (ABC)
  • Sydney ‘front and centre’ of burgeoning co-living trend (SMH)
  • Sydney Light Rail ‘fail’ as trams come to a halt just hours after official opening (ABC)
  • World

  • Romania’s Klaus Iohannis wins 2020 Charlemagne Prize (Deutsche Welle)
  • Arsenal distances itself from Ozil comments on Uighurs’ treatment (Al Jazeera English)
  • In England’s north, UK’s Johnson visits ex-Labour strongholds that voted Tory (France 24)
  • Thousands of Thanathorn backers rally against Thai establishment (Al Jazeera English)
  • Thousands of pulsing ‘penis fish’ wash up on California beach (ABC)
  • ‘Sardines’ stage biggest anti-Salvini rally yet in Rome (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Can kitchen gardens combat climate change? (BBC News)
  • Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline (IEEFA)
  • If only saving the planet was as easy as planting a tree before speeding off in our SUVs | Catherine Bennett (The Guardian)
  • Energy major Iberdrola aiming for ‘virtually zero emissions’ in Europe by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Australia’s biggest steel city targets net zero emissions by 2050 (Renew Economy)
  • Record-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • European champions Saracens keep their quarter-final hopes alive (The Guardian)
  • Australia build huge lead in first Test against New Zealand (The Guardian)
  • Old habits die hard as Australia fail to ram home the advantage (SMH)
  • Robin Copeland’s late try gives Connacht dramatic win over Gloucester (The Guardian)
  • ‘They can execute it for a long period’ – Burns on New Zealand’s short-ball tactic (Cricinfo)
  • Mainz 0-4 Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho scores for sixth game in row (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Tidal forces carry the mathematical signature of gravitational waves (MIT Tech Review)
  • 15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached (Wired)
  • There’s No Template for Emotional Intelligence (Jstor)
  • Torrance High School in Torrance, California (Atlas Obscura)
  • Borj Adoumoue in Salé, Morocco (Atlas Obscura)
  • Antarctica Is Stark, Beautiful, and Will Shrink Your Brain (Atlas Obscura)

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    Lanka Briefly for 14/12/2019

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Army’s SAG winners felicitated (Daily Mirror)
  • FR against MCC, SOFA & ACSA fixed for Mar. 25 Govt. will revisit and review them: AG (Daily Mirror)
  • Waruna Liyanage to fill vacant seat in parliament (The Island)
  • PM recalls public humiliation Lankan armed forces were put through by previous regime (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka, Japan eye development cooperation in variety of sectors (Daily FT)
  • Swiss embassy employee No evidence of an abduction: CID (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • US and ‘like-minded’ partners will keep security in Asia (Daily FT)
  • Switzerland connection in LTTE fundraising activity (Daily Mirror)
  • Sri Lanka awaits winter tourists to revive terror-hit sector (Daily FT)
  • Don’t throw the baby with the bathtub (Daily Mirror)
  • Citizens opt for simple and productive electoral reforms (Daily FT)
  • Roots of the crisis (Daily FT)
  • Business

  • Purchasing any device from Mobitel with a Seylan Credit Card entitles to 0% instalment plans for up to 36 months (The Island)
  • Mobitel to play critical role as connectivity partner for Hatton National Bank (Daily FT)
  • Senani Products Pandura becomes the Best Woman Entrepreneur in Western Province (Daily FT)
  • Pannipitiya Private Hospital expands residential treatment with new luxury room complex (Daily FT)
  • Leading businesses pledge support to tackle Sri Lanka’s high malnutrition (Daily FT)
  • ASPI ends lower amid lackluster turnover levels (The Island)
  • World

  • UK Labour’s ‘red wall’ turned blue as voters fear more Brexit delays (ABC)
  • Donald Trump and Chinese officials announce ‘phase one’ deal to roll back tariffs (ABC)
  • John Lennon’s sunglasses sell at auction for almost $200000 (Deutsche Welle)
  • The rise of Boris Johnson: from bumbling journalist to landslide election winner (France 24)
  • Anti-Boris Johnson protesters clash with police (Deutsche Welle)
  • The remote, impoverished island sitting on a multi-billion-dollar gold mine (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline (IEEFA)
  • The Earth needs multiple methods for removing CO2 from the air to avert worst of climate change (The Conversation)
  • Energy major Iberdrola aiming for ‘virtually zero emissions’ in Europe by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter (The Conversation)
  • Richer nations accused of stalling progress on climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Your Christmas shopping could harm or help the planet. Which will it be? (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Dhanajaya de Silva inches towards ton as rain ruins third day (Cricinfo)
  • Doddie Weir wins Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality 2019 (BBC Sport)
  • Wayne Rooney: Derby player-coach on veganism, Everton and analysing with Ryan Giggs (BBC Sport)
  • Francesca Schiavone reveals she has overcome cancer (BBC Sport)
  • James Milner signs new Liverpool contract extension until 2022 (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United: Marcus Rashford on helping academy reach landmark (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Carlotta’s face (Aeon)
  • Who Was Alexander von Humboldt? (Jstor)
  • World-Famous Waterfalls May Slow to a Trickle, But Tourism Doesn’t Have To (Atlas Obscura)
  • Miniature Brains Recently Sent Out Brain Waves for the First Time (Smithsonian)
  • Europe has unveiled a plan to eliminate climate emissions by 2050 (MIT Tech Review)
  • How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp (Aeon)

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