Lanka Briefly for 26/03/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Measures taken by SL to combat COVID-19 in line with WHO pillars (Daily Mirror)
  • Pakistan ready to hold SAARC Health Ministers’s Conference (The Island)
  • Only 100 out of about 300, who attended COVID-19 infected Swiss pastor’s service traced (The Island)
  • CAA closes all entry points till March 25 (Daily Mirror)
  • Authorities identify about 100 persons who had contacts with COVID-19 victim (The Island)
  • CSE closed today as well (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • Before The Pandemic (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Suppression to mitigate Covid-19: Govt’s approach is right It should stick to it to the end (Daily Mirror)
  • Humbling Realities & Bitter Lessons From The Corona Pandemic (Colombo Telegraph)
  • ROI On Education To The Government: Is The Present System An Economic Disaster? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Need To Show Tangible Appreciation To Those In ‘Corona’ Service (Colombo Telegraph)
  • To Fight Covid-19 Is To Fight Its Lightning Transmission (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • ‘RPCs commit to increase monthly earnings to Rs. 25,000 with productivity link, unions yet to agree’ (The Island)
  • eMarketingEye wins top awards, including “Overall Best Digital Media Agency” (The Island)
  • Women building businesses from home with Daraz (The Island)
  • oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance member airlines call on governments and stakeholders for extraordinary support (The Island)
  • Germany to shield companies from bankruptcy in virus crisis (Daily FT)
  • Coronavirus puts German economy on ‘red alert’ (Daily FT)
  • World

  • America is in the calm before a storm that could kill millions and reshape the world order (ABC)
  • Christchurch shooter changes plea to guilty on all charges of dual mosque attack (France 24)
  • How the coronavirus challenges open democracies (Deutsche Welle)
  • Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus, displaying ‘mild symptoms’ (ABC)
  • Death toll in Sikh temple attack in Afghanistan rises to 25 (ABC)
  • Christchurch mosque attacks: Shooter changes plea to guilty (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems (The Conversation)
  • A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say (Science Daily)
  • Heat takes its toll on mental health (Science Daily)
  • International ozone treaty stops changes in Southern Hemisphere winds (Science Daily)
  • U.S. fracking giants prepare for repeat of 2016 collapse, expect little help from Wall Street (IEEFA)
  • Why it’s healthy to be afraid in a crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Ben Stokes still preparing for Indian Premier League despite lockdown (BBC Sport)
  • Wimbledon 2020: All England Club to make decision on event next week (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby Football Union estimates £45-50m lost revenue over next 18 months (BBC Sport)
  • Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Third fight possible for October – Frank Warren (BBC Sport)
  • Dubai World Cup: One of the world’s richest horse races is postponed over the coronavirus pandemic (BBC Sport)
  • Conor McGregor pledges 1m euros of protective equipment for Irish hospitals (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Education During the Coronavirus Crisis (Smithsonian)
  • A new app might help researchers monitor the spread of coronavirus (MIT Tech Review)
  • Soft awareness (Aeon)
  • The Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise (Wired)
  • How a French Midwife Solved a Public Health Crisis (Jstor)
  • Radio Corona: so what about climate change? (MIT Tech Review)

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    Straya Briefly for 26/03/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Australia’s coronavirus testing criteria expanded (SBS)
  • A Queensland man becomes Australia’s ninth COVID-19 death (SBS)
  • Grants available to remote communities to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks (NIT)
  • ‘You feel very isolated’: International students warn livelihoods at risk without welfare safety net (SBS)
  • Childcare centres on brink of collapse as one in three families flee over gap fee (New Daily)
  • Greens and SA Best MPs enter self-isolation but vote on bills via text (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • I’ve lived here for 9 years and 9 months, but now I can’t get the help I need (ABC)
  • Capitalism’s coronavirus crisis and its impact on workers’ bargaining power (Overland)
  • A month of plague (The Monthly)
  • The Australian welfare system has always been needlessly cruel. Now it’s punishing half the country | Tom Hawking (The Guardian)
  • We need to consider granting bail to unsentenced prisoners to stop the spread of coronavirus (The Conversation)
  • ‘With this ring, I thee and (your proxy) wed’: a new form of marriage in the time of coronavirus? (The Conversation)
  • Business

  • Five principles to follow if your job is to lead your staff through the coronavirus crisis (The Conversation)
  • Hundreds of Australians are on a cruise ship about to dock in the virus epicentre, Italy (ABC)
  • ‘Rise to the occasion’: US intervenes in Saudi-Russia oil war (SMH)
  • ASX eyes third-straight day of gains as Wall Street surges higher (SMH)
  • Coronavirus supplement: your guide to the Australian payments that will go to the extra million on welfare (The Conversation)
  • Fatal bus crash prompts family’s plea for mandatory CCTV in heavy vehicles (ABC)
  • World

  • Why the ‘land of the free’ might not have been built to handle coronavirus (ABC)
  • ‘I make my own masks at home’: Cashiers brave the front line in virus-wracked France (France 24)
  • One case lays bare America’s testing failure (BBC News)
  • Indigenous race into Ecuador’s Amazon to escape coronavirus (Al Jazeera English)
  • Mozambique Islamist insurgency intensifies (Deutsche Welle)
  • The race to save jobs: European governments step in to pay wages (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Will COVID-19 get worse as winter sets in? (ABC)
  • U.S. fracking giants prepare for repeat of 2016 collapse, expect little help from Wall Street (IEEFA)
  • How to win the fossil fuel word game (Renew Economy)
  • Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems (The Conversation)
  • Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it makes the energy wars worse (The Conversation)
  • India’s installed renewable generation hits 138.9GW, up 72% in six years—Singh (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Premiership players considering claims for unlawful deduction of wages (The Guardian)
  • Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Third fight possible for October – Frank Warren (BBC Sport)
  • A body blow for TV networks as football codes suspend seasons, Olympics postponed (ABC)
  • Expectation is that CA as a business can absorb this – Matthew Mott (Cricinfo)
  • Conor McGregor pledges 1m euros of protective equipment for Irish hospitals (BBC Sport)
  • Olympics will take place in 2021, says IOC member Dick Pound (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart? (The Conversation)
  • A new app might help researchers monitor the spread of coronavirus (MIT Tech Review)
  • Soft awareness (Aeon)
  • How a French Midwife Solved a Public Health Crisis (Jstor)
  • As coronavirus hits holiday lettings, a shift to longer rentals could help many of us (The Conversation)
  • If all our actions are shaped by luck, are we still agents? (Aeon)

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    Lanka Briefly for 25/03/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Two foreigners suspected to have COVID-19 admitted to KTH (The Island)
  • PM to meet Opposition party leaders today (Daily Mirror)
  • Two COVID-19 patients in critical condition (Daily Mirror)
  • Navy nabs bootleggers (The Island)
  • Ample stocks for 20 days: Panic buying of fuel unnecessary (Daily Mirror)
  • Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam and five districts in NP lifted at 6am today (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Covid-19 In Sri Lanka & South Asia: Facts, Figures, Fiction & Need For A Rational Policy Response (Colombo Telegraph)
  • COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka: Govt. expands quarantine facilities; prompt decisions vital (Daily Mirror)
  • Symptoms, treatment and FAQs: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus (Daily Mirror)
  • Unified Political Approach On Handling Covid-19 Crisis Is Necessary (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Let Us All Be Keynesians & Fisherians To Face This Severe Medical Crisis (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Why do people fear Covid-19? (The Island)
  • Business

  • Market holidays on March 23 and 24 (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka SMEs facing COVID-19 brunt-COSMI (The Island)
  • Microsoft’s commitment to customers during COVID-19 (The Island)
  • 15 percent stalled high-rises causing concern to developers (The Island)
  • Education on good nutrition practices through gender equality at work and home (The Island)
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industries express support for government’s response to COVID-19 (The Island)
  • World

  • By delaying Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee finally admits it’s not the main game in town (ABC)
  • Dow Jones surges as US prepares to unleash trillions in coronavirus stimulus, ASX follows (ABC)
  • Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe? (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s coronavirus death toll tops 1,000, lockdown likely to be extended (France 24)
  • Coronavirus: Rule of law under attack in southeast Europe (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus-stricken Broadway legend McNally dies (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • eDNA provides researchers with ‘more than meets the eye’ (Science Daily)
  • Bankrupt miner Murray Energy gets no bids for its coal mines (IEEFA)
  • Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it makes the energy wars worse (The Conversation)
  • TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant (IEEFA)
  • Hidden source of carbon found at the Arctic coast (Science Daily)
  • Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager donates 1m euros to fight coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Cam Newton: Quarterback released by Carolina Panthers (BBC Sport)
  • Tom Brady: Quarterback avoids criticising New England Patriots after ending 20-year spell with team (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’ (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: How athletes reacted to Olympic Games postponement (BBC Sport)
  • Coronavirus: No alternative to closed-doors football games, says PFA chief executive (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • We need economic relief now. Climate policy can come later. (MIT Tech Review)
  • Native American Photographers Develop the Stories of Their People (Smithsonian)
  • Two Drops of Life: India’s Path to End Polio (Jstor)
  • To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl (Aeon)
  • The ‘Pie Engineer’ Who Designed a Dessert For the Jazz Age (Atlas Obscura)
  • Squids’ Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 25/03/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Australians banned from leaving the country (SBS)
  • Government closes remote community borders (NIT)
  • ‘That’s how we save lives’: Read the PM’s statement on COVID-19 bans (ABC)
  • HSC exams to go ahead in NSW despite coronavirus disruption (SBS)
  • Scott Morrison Extends Lockdown To Food Courts, Weddings, Funerals And More (Ten)
  • Strict new controls announced as Morrison government tries to limit spread of COVID-19 (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • In the age of coronavirus, only tiny weddings are allowed and the extended family BBQ is out (The Conversation)
  • We need a “red team” for COVID-19 (Inside Story)
  • Which cancer patients should be continuing chemotherapy during the coronavirus? | Ranjana Srivastava (The Guardian)
  • Why the fall-out from postponing the Olympics may not be as bad as we think (The Conversation)
  • AFL names of the decade (The Monthly)
  • ‘The Bass Rock’ by Evie Wyld (The Monthly)
  • Business

  • To leave or stay? Teachers unions to meet with Morrison over coronavirus school closures (ABC)
  • Airlines beg for rescue as coronavirus hit doubles to $423 billion (SMH)
  • Milk, bar: Country pub’s virus response lifts local spirits (ABC)
  • Working from home: what are your employer’s responsibilities, and what are yours? (The Conversation)
  • Why the government must immediately give everyone $1000 (New Daily)
  • To get out of this well we are going to have to think like central planners (The Conversation)
  • World

  • Bangladesh to free jailed ex-PM Khaleda Zia (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s scientific council says coronavirus lockdown should last ‘at least six weeks’ (France 24)
  • Chloroquine ‘can work,’ some insist, as debate on using anti-malaria drug against coronavirus rages (France 24)
  • Spain’s health system on ‘verge of collapse’ with 14pc of all COVID-19 cases among health workers (ABC)
  • Relief and sadness as Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021 (Al Jazeera English)
  • Africa gears for COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • eDNA provides researchers with ‘more than meets the eye’ (Science Daily)
  • TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant (IEEFA)
  • Bankrupt miner Murray Energy gets no bids for its coal mines (IEEFA)
  • Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it’s making the energy wars worse (The Conversation)
  • Coronavirus and the economy: We need green stimulus not fossil fuel bailouts (The Conversation)
  • Equinor, Saipem join forces to develop ‘high wave’ floating solar technology (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Tokyo 2020: The right decision, made just in time (BBC Sport)
  • Australian sport braces for widespread cuts as financial crisis hits (The Guardian)
  • What if a player dies?: Why pandemic expert told NRL to shut down (SMH)
  • Tokyo 2020: How athletes reacted to Olympic Games postponement (BBC Sport)
  • No time to ‘take advantage’ of A-League, Wanderers chief warns Fox (SMH)
  • ‘The date may change, but the goal remains the same”: Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021 (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Coronavirus and you: how your personality affects how you cope and what you can do about it (The Conversation)
  • Love and a happy ending: romance fiction to help you through a coronavirus lockdown (The Conversation)
  • Two Drops of Life: India’s Path to End Polio (Jstor)
  • We need economic relief now. Climate policy can come later. (MIT Tech Review)
  • To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl (Aeon)
  • Google Removes Adware-Laced Kids’ Apps From Play Store (Wired)

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    Lanka Briefly for 24/03/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Curfew in 8 districts till Friday (Daily Mirror)
  • Sri Lanka pledges USD 5m to SAARC Corona Emergency Fund (The Island)
  • Curfew violation: 1,754 persons arrested (The Island)
  • General Elections postponed (Daily Mirror)
  • Govt. to distribute relief packs among needy (Daily Mirror)
  • COVID-19 count rises to 91 (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • “Shooting the Raggers” (The Island)
  • How Will the TNA fare at Parliamentary Election? (Daily Mirror)
  • Unchecked Fundamentalism: Killer Of Social Progress (Colombo Telegraph)
  • CORONA/ COVID 19 VIRUS –Misleading News and Responsibility of the Public and Government (Daily Mirror)
  • Nominations close and elections postponed amid Covid-19 (The Island)
  • A Dastardly Attempt To Use Legal Arguments To Block Government Finances & Sabotage The Anti-Coronavirus Campaign (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • SriLankan Airlines brings home 829 stranded pilgrims from India (The Island)
  • Hirdaramani’s H One launches all-encompassing digital factory-floor solution, Res.Q 2020 (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka Tourism emergency numbers (The Island)
  • Trico, Strategic Insurance tie-up brings Risk-Liability Stability (The Island)
  • Nations Trust Bank Private Banking introduces first Philanthropic Management Account in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • HUTCH supports the government in encouraging Work from Home introducing a number of special initiatives (The Island)
  • World

  • Egypt’s security forces are torturing children in jail says rights group (Deutsche Welle)
  • Australian women ’rounded up’ and forced into quarantine in India (ABC)
  • UK enters home lockdown, with all non-essential shops closed and public gatherings banned (ABC)
  • France’s coronavirus death toll rises by 186 in a day, lockdown measures to tighten, says PM Philippe (France 24)
  • IOC to decide on possible Tokyo Olympics postponement within four weeks (ABC)
  • Their country has been in lockdown for weeks. Life is unrecognisable now (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Concrete solutions that lower both emissions and air pollution (Science Daily)
  • Indonesia studying plan to replace aging diesel generators with renewable energy (IEEFA)
  • Buildings grown by bacteria — new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials (The Conversation)
  • The Guardian view on Europe’s green deal: stick to the plan (The Guardian)
  • Coal exit benefits outweigh its costs (Science Daily)
  • East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Coronavirus: All domestic cricket in Sri Lanka postponed (Cricinfo)
  • Eddie Hearn predicts many fighters will have to leave boxing because of coronavirus crisis (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: IOC set to set deadline for decision on Games amid coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long? (BBC Sport)
  • Coronavirus: Uefa postpones European club finals (BBC Sport)
  • Quiz: Match the mum to the Premier League player in our Mother’s Day XI quiz (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • How the Public Health Community Prepares for Pandemics (Jstor)
  • Vote-by-mail is the best way to save the 2020 election from coronavirus (MIT Tech Review)
  • Remembering Al Worden (Smithsonian)
  • How to Help Librarians and Archivists From Your Living Room (Atlas Obscura)
  • 18th-Century Lovers Exchanged Portraits of Their Eyes (Jstor)
  • Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising? (Wired)

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