Lanka Briefly for 20/01/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Govt. goes full throttle on Strategic Development Projects Act (Daily FT)
  • PM expresses surprise at UNP about-turn on MCC (The Island)
  • Monk killed by misfire during brawl (The Island)
  • EU reassures continuity of GSP+ to SL till 2023 (Daily FT)
  • President’s unannounced visit to BIA triggers industry recommendations (Daily FT)
  • Foreign correspondent caught on Ranjan’s tape advising UNP (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others (Daily FT)
  • Pre-Election Words Of Wisdom: ‘Dictatorship By Any Name Is Disastrous’! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Ranja, Wad of Bubble Gum Spit Away by Leadership? Or a ‘Cow Boy’ who Herded Cattle? (Daily Mirror)
  • Sri Lankan leader’s first visit to Gulf country (The Island)
  • 2020 – What will the decade ahead hold for aviation? (Daily FT)
  • Political Triumph and Economic Morass (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Jagath Perera appointed Chairman of Lanka Transformers (Daily FT)
  • Sri Lanka’s services sector offers the biggest support to economic activity (The Island)
  • Trade deficit contraction continues (Daily FT)
  • New ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa assumes office (The Island)
  • CIPM panel discussion on ‘Promising Prospects for HR in the Public Sector’ (The Island)
  • Key regulations on fisheries industry to be debated in P’ment tomorrow (Daily FT)
  • World

  • World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya’s war (France 24)
  • SpaceX blows up own rocket in final test before astronauts can again launch from US (ABC)
  • First goal of many? Sam Kerr off and running in a Chelsea shirt (ABC)
  • What’s Ukraine got to do with Trump’s impeachment? (BBC News)
  • Cruise company blames ‘reckless’ grandfather over toddler’s fatal fall (ABC)
  • ‘Pirate state’: Cyprus slams illegal Turkish drilling (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Put the needs of the planet before Flybe | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Oil firms risk public backlash if profits put before climate, says IEA (The Guardian)
  • Solar Energy Corporation of India moving forward with plans for 1.2GW of wind, solar hybrid projects (IEEFA)
  • Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean (The Conversation)
  • Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030 (The Guardian)
  • Dutch insurer Aegon tightens restrictions on coal power plants, thermal coal mining (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza grind Sri Lanka attack (Cricinfo)
  • Super Bowl 2020: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans 35-24 in AFC Championship game (BBC Sport)
  • Barcelona 1-0 Granada: Lionel Messi’s second-half strike strike gives Quique Setien win on debut (BBC Sport)
  • Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Van Dijk, Aguero, Salah, Traore, Pope (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Liverpool celebrations after beating Man Utd symbolic & moment of release’ (BBC Sport)
  • NFL play-offs – AFC & NFC Championship games (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Asimov’s Empire, Asimov’s Wall (Jstor)
  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon abort system works—now it’s ready to send astronauts into space (MIT Tech Review)
  • Don’t Ignore Chrome’s New Password Checkup Feature (Wired)
  • Rare Chance in 2020 to See This Classic Danish Masterwork (Smithsonian)
  • Do We Share DNA with ET? – Issue 80: Aliens (Nautilus)
  • In the absence (Aeon)

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    Straya Briefly for 20/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Millennials fear World War III, with almost half believing global conflict is inevitable (ABC)
  • Huge dust storms smother Central West of NSW (SBS)
  • Iranian Australians hold memorial for victims of downed Ukrainian passenger jet (SBS)
  • Albanese brands Labor’s election emissions target a ‘mistake’ (Sky News)
  • Bourke Street tragedy remembered on three-year anniversary of attack (New Daily)
  • WATCH: Huge Dust Storm Turns Day Into Night In Dubbo (Ten)
  • Opinion

  • Mike Baird: The value of authenticity (Pursuit)
  • Australia has escaped property bubbles without a crash twice, is it third time unlucky? (ABC)
  • Precedent is set: will fire funding allocation be fair? (SMH)
  • The last thing we need is another bushfire royal commission (SMH)
  • When should your glasses be listed on your driver’s licence? (ABC)
  • Religious persecution a growing global problem (SMH)
  • Business

  • Celebrity concern about bushfires could do more harm than good. To help they need to put boots on the ground (The Conversation)
  • Emergency funds on offer for small businesses belted by fires (ABC)
  • Unprecedented number of store closures could hit landlords and other retailers (SMH)
  • Australia’s push for Chinese export concessions (Sky News)
  • Why a third of Australian workers are considering starting their own business (New Daily)
  • Lakes Entrance hopes for tourist revival post bushfires (ABC)
  • World

  • China’s dams along the Mekong generate renewable energy, but it’s costing locals their livelihoods (ABC)
  • Lebanon security forces fire water canons at protesters in second day of violent clashes (France 24)
  • SpaceX successful in final test before manned flight (Deutsche Welle)
  • Africa’s richest woman ‘ripped off her country’ (BBC News)
  • In images: Lebanon’s ‘week of rage’ spills onto Beirut streets (France 24)
  • Mystery over how 75 prisoners escaped from jail (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Should we stop people living in highly dangerous fire-prone areas? (ABC)
  • Put the needs of the planet before Flybe | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Treat coastal erosion as a natural catastrophe, UK ministers urged (The Guardian)
  • U.S. renewable sector investments topped $55 billion in 2019, a new record (IEEFA)
  • The two climate change conversations we need to have at the same time (ABC)
  • Behind the smokescreen, the Coalition’s stance on climate change hasn’t changed at all (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Masters final: Bingham leads Carter (BBC Sport)
  • Will their feats ever be eclipsed? Tennis still wandering who could surpass Big Three’s dominance (ABC)
  • India overcome Steve Smith masterclass to seal ODI series win against Australia (The Guardian)
  • Rohit Sharma’s century trumps Steven Smith’s as India take series (Cricinfo)
  • ‘Punishment is not proportionate’ – Saracens fans lick their wounds | Ian Malin (The Guardian)
  • Relegated Saracens edge out Racing 92 to reach Champions Cup quarter-finals (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Asimov’s Empire, Asimov’s Wall (Jstor)
  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon abort system works—now it’s ready to send astronauts into space (MIT Tech Review)
  • The Olympics have always been a platform for protest. Banning hand gestures and kneeling ignores their history (The Conversation)
  • Don’t Ignore Chrome’s New Password Checkup Feature (Wired)
  • FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records (Wired)
  • The EU might ban facial recognition in public for five years (MIT Tech Review)

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    Lanka Briefly for 19/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • UNP to contest General Election under ‘Elephant’ symbol (The Island)
  • Court orders AG to probe how Ranjan’s tapes were leaked (Republic Next)
  • 22-hour Water cut tomorrow (Sunday Observer)
  • Proposed estate workers’ wage increase will lead to collapse of the industry (The Island)
  • Girl rescued after 18 hours buried in snow (Sunday Observer)
  • Parliament likely to be dissolved on March 2 (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Two-Faced Government Waiting For Two-Thirds Majority, Courtesy Ranil & Sirisena (Colombo Telegraph)
  • St. John’s College – New Principal: Unity Only In Diversity (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Mirusuvil Murderer Of Tamil Children Let Loose By President (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Dire warning to the warming world (Daily Mirror)
  • Tea and Empire (Daily FT)
  • Why influence of Buddhism is vital in politics (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Sri Lanka ban on incorporating foreign firms over security concern (Republic Next)
  • ‘Recovery seen in tourism industry’ (The Island)
  • NDB Wealth promotes golden returns (Daily FT)
  • Colourful Thai Pongal celebrations at Seylan Bank (The Island)
  • CBL Samaposha inspires scouts to inculcate healthy breakfast habits (The Island)
  • Jaffna International Trade Fair 2020 opens on 24 January (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Facebook forced to apologise over offensive translation of Xi Jinping’s name (SBS)
  • Harry and Meghan shedding royal highnesses signifies we’ve entered a new era (ABC)
  • UK: Prince Harry and Meghan to lose ‘royal highness’ titles give up public funds (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump impeachment: lawyers and House Democrats lay out positions (The Guardian)
  • Iran to send downed plane’s black boxes to Ukraine, aviation official says (ABC)
  • Hundreds wounded as Lebanese protesters clash with security forces (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Behind the smokescreen, the Coalition’s stance on climate change hasn’t changed at all (The Guardian)
  • Reporting on the Australian fires: ‘It has been heartbreaking’ (The Guardian)
  • Beetles and fire kill dozens of ‘indestructible’ giant sequoia trees (The Guardian)
  • Sadiq Khan vows to make London carbon-neutral by 2030 if re-elected (The Guardian)
  • Poland looks to add 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2027 (IEEFA)
  • The devil is in the detail when it comes to responsible investing (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Angelo Mathews and Sean Williams in focus as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka resume a strange rivalry (Cricinfo)
  • Liverpool v Manchester United: Liverpool could dominate like United did – Jermaine Jenas (BBC Sport)
  • Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches (BBC Sport)
  • Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea: Isaac Hayden’s injury-time winner stuns Blues (BBC Sport)
  • FC Augsburg 3-5 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Braut Haaland scores hat-trick on debut (BBC Sport)
  • What happened in the Premier League on Saturday? (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The Linguistic Anatomy of a Political Firestorm (Jstor)
  • Selling Hedonism in Postwar America (Jstor)
  • A Windows 10 Vulnerability Was Used to Rickroll the NSA and Github (Wired)
  • As the World Faces One of the Worst Flu Outbreaks in Decades, Scientists Eye a Universal Vaccine (Smithsonian)
  • Australia’s Secret Rescue of Ancient Trees Offers an Insight Into Evolution – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 19/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • ‘That’s not us’: Victorian town of Beulah rallies together after local couple’s flying of Nazi flag (SBS)
  • Dairy farmers want shoppers to give them a fair go – here’s how you can help (SBS)
  • Nationals leader backs Bridget McKenzie as resignation pressure mounts (ABC)
  • Labor vows not to take the same franking credits policy to the next election (Sky News)
  • From fire to floods: Roads, theme parks closed as deluge hits Queensland and NSW (SBS)
  • ‘Dangerous conclusions’: Super research denounces rise to 12 per cent (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Open your hearts and wallets for bushfire victims (SMH)
  • Who are Tasmanian premiership candidates Peter Gutwein and Michael Ferguson? (ABC)
  • Why it’s shocking to feel ’embarrassed to be Australian’ (SMH)
  • Forget Port Botany for cruise ships, even the Red Cross supports Garden Island (SMH)
  • Let’s stop being a fossil on climate change (SMH)
  • Eight big hurdles Will Hodgman’s replacement is facing (ABC)
  • Business

  • Coronavirus: Australia’s top health official says there is ‘no current need’ to enhance airport screening (The Guardian)
  • $76 million funding package aimed at tackling Australian tourism’s ‘biggest challenge in living memory’ (ABC)
  • First home buyers squeezed out of the market as prices soar (New Daily)
  • BlackRock’s immense clout a boost for ‘green investment’ (SMH)
  • Head of the IMF warns of another potential ‘Great Depression’ (Sky News)
  • ‘Canberra, come back’: Any kind of fool could see Batemans Bay just can’t live without tourists (ABC)
  • World

  • The Amazon’s lost tribes are inspiring Colombia’s cocaine farmers to become conservationists (ABC)
  • Iran to send black boxes to Ukraine from downed jet (Deutsche Welle)
  • Paris Opera musicians serenade public in pension reform protest (France 24)
  • Libya: Haftar loyalists block oil exports amid ceasefire (Deutsche Welle)
  • UK will not align with EU rules after Brexit says finance minister (Deutsche Welle)
  • Harry and Meghan to give up HRH titles – palace (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Fossil Fuel Companies Are Grappling with Climate Change (IEEFA)
  • Canada the latest to harness Australian Indigenous fire knowledge to fight wildfire (ABC)
  • Youth activists lose appeal in landmark lawsuit against US over climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • A 24-year-old council worker is taking on fossil fuels and his super fund in a world-first court case (ABC)
  • How much does smoke haze affect rooftop solar production? (Renew Economy)
  • German thermal coal imports fell 17.4% in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Nyeem Young, Jayden Seales take West Indies past Australia in tense finish (Cricinfo)
  • Eddie Jones’ England rebuild complicated by future of his Saracens | Paul Rees (The Guardian)
  • FC Augsburg 3-5 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Braut Haaland scores hat-trick on debut (BBC Sport)
  • Real Madrid 2-1 Sevilla: Casemiro double sends Zinedine Zidane’s side top (BBC Sport)
  • Australia eye strongest bowling attack for ODI decider against India (The Guardian)
  • I joined a cheer team on assignment — and accidentally fell in love with it (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Australia’s Secret Rescue of Ancient Trees Offers an Insight Into Evolution – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • The Linguistic Anatomy of a Political Firestorm (Jstor)
  • The Mexica Didn’t Believe the Conquistadors Were Gods (Jstor)
  • The Leech’s Journey, From Welsh Lab to American Hospitals (Atlas Obscura)
  • Selling Hedonism in Postwar America (Jstor)
  • How Confucius loses face in China’s new surveillance regime (Aeon)

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