Straya Briefly for 11/01/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Thousands rally across Australia, condemning government handling of bushfire crisis (SBS)
  • Labor suggests day of mourning when Federal Parliament returns for 2020 ‘as a sign of respect’ (ABC)
  • Exclusive: Morrison raises prospect of bushfire royal commission (Sky News)
  • Blazes flare amid extreme conditions in Australia – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Uncle Tobys Roll-Ups Recalled Over Metal Fragment Fears (Ten)
  • Israeli psychiatric panel finds Malka Leifer fit to stand trial (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • What investigators should be looking for in the Iran plane crash: an expert explains (The Conversation)
  • Dissecting disruption (Pursuit)
  • Being pregnant in a climate emergency was an existential challenge. Miscarriage has brought a new grief | Gemma Carey (The Guardian)
  • As Australia burns, you get the sense Morrison is rattling off an alibi (ABC)
  • Heroes and villains revealed (SMH)
  • Class actions against negligent governments? It’s a burning issue (SMH)
  • Business

  • Josh Frydenberg demands insurers provide unprecedented detail about bushfire property losses (The Guardian)
  • Charities warn big business not to go too hard too soon with bushfire donations (ABC)
  • ‘Immoral and unethical’: Workers’ comp schemes under scrutiny (SMH)
  • Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki issue voluntary recalls for cars fitted with Takata airbags (ABC)
  • Promising sales data brings little comfort to latest retail casualties (New Daily)
  • Houses are cracking in the dry, hot weather, but when should you start to worry? (New Daily)
  • World

  • ‘They call them the sand mafia’: The deadly black market around a finite resource (ABC)
  • Northern Ireland will have a government after three-year gap (Deutsche Welle)
  • Meghan and Harry’s escape, a sacked Prince and republicanism rising: Is the Royal family in dire trouble? (ABC)
  • Bushfire crisis forces a reckoning on Australia’s ‘regressive’ climate politics (France 24)
  • ‘Too soon for conclusions’ on plane crash in Iran (BBC News)
  • Democrats question Trump’s embassy attacks claim (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Australia, your country is burning – dangerous climate change is here with you now (The Conversation)
  • Grass growing around Mount Everest as global heating intensifies (The Guardian)
  • Tri-State to close Escalante coal plant in New Mexico in 2020, 25 years early (IEEFA)
  • Analysts expect continued decline in European coal generation in 2020 (IEEFA)
  • Kangaroo Island Mayor says Obama ‘wrong’ on climate change bushfire connection (ABC)
  • There’s still time to give to our appeal and help protect the planet | Katharine Viner (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Sheffield United v West Ham United – build-up and team news (BBC Sport)
  • Marnus Labuschagne aspires to Virat Kohli’s all-forms mastery (Cricinfo)
  • Leroy Sane: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola not involved in decisions on winger’s future (BBC Sport)
  • Chris Green ‘not bitter’ about questions over action (Cricinfo)
  • Champions Cup preview: Exeter’s Hogg heads to Glasgow to meet former club (The Guardian)
  • Sam Warburton: ‘I want to be king of the jungle. But I’ve got zero credibility as a coach’ (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • An NBA star plans to turn his contract into digital tokens and sell them (MIT Tech Review)
  • Why Were There Still Stories of Blackface in 2019? (Jstor)
  • Dulce (Aeon)
  • Eight Remarkable Inventions Unveiled at This Year’s CES (Smithsonian)
  • Robogamis are the real heirs of terminators and transformers (Aeon)
  • Sex tech is slowly making a comeback at CES. About time. (MIT Tech Review)

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    Lanka Briefly for 10/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Govt. enhances debt relief package for SMEs (Daily FT)
  • Development Task Force on the way with 100,000 jobs as promised – Bandula (Republic Next)
  • Costly thermal power or cheaper electricity from a fourth coal plant ? (The Island)
  • Criminal probe into Ranjan’s phone Clips (Daily Mirror)
  • US, Iran both appear to signal desire to avoid further conflict (Daily FT)
  • Possession of audio clips… MS slams Ranjan’s action (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Reining in ethnicity based politics (Daily Mirror)
  • National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil (The Island)
  • Our School Toilets (The Island)
  • On arresting Ranjan Ramanayake… (Daily Mirror)
  • becoming shareholders of a new Sri Lanka (Daily Mirror)
  • Literacy defined (The Island)
  • Business

  • SriLankan Airlines clarifies claims on purchases of drinking water (Daily FT)
  • Joint program to develop tourism, investment, aviation services (Daily FT)
  • Global Markets buys Rs. 22.6 billion stake in JKH; boosting investor confidence (The Island)
  • Asian equities jump, safe havens slip as US-Iran tensions ease (The Island)
  • Kotagala Kahata Tea concludes ‘Rasa wasana’ consumer promotion (Daily FT)
  • Clarification on drinking water purchases (The Island)
  • World

  • UK Irish governments urge Northern Ireland to form a government (Deutsche Welle)
  • Why Iran’s role in the Ukranian plane crash could be very bad news for Donald Trump (ABC)
  • British politicians approve Brexit bill for departure from EU (ABC)
  • Grass growing around Mount Everest as global heating intensifies (The Guardian)
  • Sieren’s China: Donald Trump’s risky short-sightedness (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran and America are calling on allies amid escalating tensions. Who’s in Tehran’s corner? (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Rising eco-anxiety means we should address mental health alongside food security (The Conversation)
  • U.K. firm projects offshore wind capacity will top 165GW by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Malaysia moving ahead with five solar projects totaling almost 500MW (IEEFA)
  • Arkansas regulators approve plan to close 721MW Dolet Hills coal plant (IEEFA)
  • Appeals court tosses permit, further slowing Dominion’s delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (IEEFA)
  • BlackRock joins pressure group taking on biggest polluters (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Subplots galore as India, Sri Lanka meet for final T20I in Pune (Cricinfo)
  • ‘Five-day Tests the way to go without a doubt’ – Mickey Arthur (Cricinfo)
  • Shane Warne: Australia legend’s Baggy Green cap raises A$1m for bushfire charity at auction (BBC Sport)
  • Russia’s ban appeal to be heard by Court of Arbitration for Sport (BBC Sport)
  • Barcelona 2-3 Atletico Madrid: Angel Correa’s late winner sends Atletico into Spanish Super Cup final (BBC Sport)
  • Tiger Woods: PGA Tour record could be set at Farmers Insurance Open (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • These Photos Capture the World’s Sewer Systems When They Were Brand New (Smithsonian)
  • Baidu’s “Xuperchain” launch is just the beginning of China’s blockchain rush (MIT Tech Review)
  • 3 Women Philosophers of the Enlightenment (Jstor)
  • Wolf pack (Aeon)
  • Why We Love How-to Videos – Issue 79: Catalysts (Nautilus)
  • Lessons for a Young Scientist – Issue 79: Catalysts (Nautilus)

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    Straya Briefly for 10/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • How do hazard reduction burns work and could they have prevented our fire disaster? (ABC)
  • Scorching temperatures, erratic winds to create more bushfire havoc across NSW (ABC)
  • ‘If you are told to leave, leave,’ Daniel Andrews warns – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Kelly’s ‘climate denier’ interview triggers MP media blackout (Sky News)
  • US Says Australia Is As Dangerous As Hong Kong And PNG (Ten)
  • Separating Fact From Fiction: A Breakdown Of The Small Role Arson Played In Bushfires (Ten)
  • Opinion

  • Watching our politicians fumble through the bushfire crisis, I’m overwhelmed by déjà vu (The Conversation)
  • Iran and US step back from all-out war, giving Trump a win (for now) (The Conversation)
  • A national disaster (The Monthly)
  • When it comes to emissions, the ‘too small to matter’ argument is absurd, reckless and morally bankrupt | Simon Holmes a Court (The Guardian)
  • Harry and Meghan’s break for the border is a reminder many would like to divorce their family | Brigid Delaney (The Guardian)
  • Two lessons from the Iraq War point to the consequences of Trump’s shock move (ABC)
  • Business

  • ‘Everyone else basically subsidies the smart people’: The problem with frequent flyer points (ABC)
  • High hurdle rates are holding back businesses, but perhaps they should be (The Conversation)
  • Bushfires stoke recession fears as World Bank sounds alarm over debt (New Daily)
  • ‘Like New York after Sandy’: Bushfires expose major power grid risks (SMH)
  • Tech firms to try their luck on ASX despite rocky IPO run last year (SMH)
  • Hopes to reopen Nullarbor highway dashed by renewed fire activity (ABC)
  • World

  • ‘I hate this guy’: LGBT Indonesians stigmatised after UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’ case (ABC)
  • US House to vote on limiting Trump’s actions against Iran (Al Jazeera English)
  • Meghan and Harry’s Hotel California moment — can you ever really leave the Royal family? (ABC)
  • Sieren’s China: Donald Trump’s risky short-sightedness (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran accidentally shot down Ukrainian plane: US official (ABC)
  • Queen asks staff to find solution with Sussexes (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Arkansas regulators approve plan to close 721MW Dolet Hills coal plant (IEEFA)
  • U.K. firm projects offshore wind capacity will top 165GW by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Malaysia moving ahead with five solar projects totaling almost 500MW (IEEFA)
  • Bushfires crisis: more than 75% of Australia had worst weather conditions on record last month (The Guardian)
  • Australia is built on lies, so why would we be surprised about lies about climate change? | Luke Pearson for IndigenousX (The Guardian)
  • Acting Assistant Commissioner Tim Hansen says climate protests are a “distraction” (ABC)
  • Sport

  • Renegades haven’t given up the season at all – Dan Christian (Cricinfo)
  • Athletes at Tokyo Olympics will sleep on cardboard beds (SMH)
  • ‘Clinical’ Glenn Maxwell still in ODI frame – Aaron Finch (Cricinfo)
  • Tokyo 2020 takes out-of-the-box approach with cardboard beds (ABC)
  • Australian fires: Lewis Hamilton pledges more than £250,000 to aid fight against disaster (BBC Sport)
  • Betting sites happy for FA Cup ties to be streamed free elsewhere (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The war on abandoned trolleys can be won. Here’s how (The Conversation)
  • Wolf pack (Aeon)
  • 3 Women Philosophers of the Enlightenment (Jstor)
  • Parrots Will Share Currency to Help Their Pals Purchase Food (Smithsonian)
  • The League of Nations was formed 100 years ago today. Meet the Australian women who lobbied to join it (The Conversation)
  • Lessons for a Young Scientist – Issue 79: Catalysts (Nautilus)

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    Lanka Briefly for 09/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Dinesh says economy to be further strengthened ahead of polls (Daily FT)
  • Five Bills presented to Parliament to scrap Muslim marriage laws that permit matrimony of underage girls (The Island)
  • Stage being set to release Duminda – Hirunika (Republic Next)
  • UNP will hold disciplinary inquiry on Ranjan’s leaked calls – Akila Viraj (Republic Next)
  • Sujeewa Rajapakse assumes office as People’s Bank Chairman (Daily FT)
  • US sends six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Language of the national anthem (Daily FT)
  • “What Ranjan did was unlawful and disgraceful” – Maithri (Daily Mirror)
  • Roland Silva – A tribute (The Island)
  • The Game Of Deception (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Let’s go trilingual, nay, quadrilingual with the national anthem! (Daily FT)
  • Buddhism, Sex & Education (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • ‘Fairfirst Insurance protects the nations K9 Force Heroes’ (The Island)
  • Couldn’t provide promised relief as vote on accounts limits govt expenditure-Dinesh (Republic Next)
  • Improved services at Werahera DMV since President’s surprise visit – Transport Minister (Republic Next)
  • Dipped Products participates at Intersec Dubai 2020 (Daily FT)
  • Mercmarine Training supports seafaring careers for women with scholarships worth over Rs. 2 million for female cadets (The Island)
  • UL changes Colombo-London route to avoid airspace of Iran, Iraq (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Harry and Meghan’s move pushes Royals into uncharted waters (ABC)
  • Would Canadians welcome Harry and Meghan? (BBC News)
  • Measles outbreak kills 6,000 people in Congo (ABC)
  • Wanted: Reliable data on Africa (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran’s attack on Iraqi airbases ‘almost a de-escalatory response’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran won’t give plane black boxes to Boeing or US (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season (The Conversation)
  • Global solar installations to top 140GW in 2020—IHS Markit (IEEFA)
  • PacifiCorp to close Unit 4 at Arizona’s Cholla coal plant in 2020, 15 years early (IEEFA)
  • Most conservatives know prevention is better than cure – except when it comes to climate change | Richard Denniss (The Guardian)
  • What if storing CO₂ would also allow us to heat our homes? (The Conversation)
  • Indonesia moves forward with plans for 145MW floating solar project (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Isuru Udana ruled out of third T20I against India (Cricinfo)
  • Zimbabwe to host Sri Lanka for two Tests in January (Cricinfo)
  • Paris St-Germain 6-1 Saint-Etienne: Mauro Icardi scores hat-trick (BBC Sport)
  • Sri Lanka coaching staff have ‘serious work to do’ – Mickey Arthur (Cricinfo)
  • Valencia 1-3 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane’s side reach Spanish Super Cup final (BBC Sport)
  • Harry Maguire: Man Utd defender ruled out with hip injury (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Architects of empire (Aeon)
  • Can an AI be an inventor? Not yet. (MIT Tech Review)
  • Astronomers Prepare a Mission Concept to Explore the Ice Giant Planets (Smithsonian)
  • Plant of the Month: Agave (Jstor)
  • Robert Brandom, a Philosopher’s Philosopher (Jstor)
  • How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 09/01/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Australia has officially recorded its warmest, driest year on record: BoM (SBS)
  • How ‘misleading’ viral bushfire maps have been fooling the world (ABC)
  • PM meets with National Security Committee to discuss Iran (Sky News)
  • Dad-of-two forest worker takes Victorian bushfire death toll to three (SBS)
  • Ash Barty pledges to donate all prize money from Brisbane International (NIT)
  • ‘It’s round two’: Kangaroo Island braces for the flames’ return (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • Outside the comfort zone (Inside Story)
  • How should leaders respond to disasters? Be visible, offer real comfort – and don’t force handshakes (The Conversation)
  • Trump’s big gamble banks on his enemy being a bigger problem alive than dead (ABC)
  • A national bushfire inquiry? Be careful what you wish for (SMH)
  • There’s something unusual in Morrison’s response to Iran’s airstrike (ABC)
  • ‘We wound up with a $700,000 mortgage’: Our reliance on house insurance in disasters can be costly (ABC)
  • Business

  • Oil prices surge after Iranian missile attack sparks fears of war with US (The Guardian)
  • The top 10 phrases you’ll need to understand the economy in 2020 (SMH)
  • Investors ‘not freaking out’ over US-Iran tensions (Sky News)
  • Coalition’s first-home buyer scheme could worsen inequality (New Daily)
  • ‘Tens of millions’: Telstra, Optus start counting bushfire cost (SMH)
  • Top Packer lieutenants in Crown inquiry spotlight (SMH)
  • World

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step back as senior royals (ABC)
  • South Africa: New refugee laws ‘target political dissidents’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Harry and Meghan to step back as senior royals (BBC News)
  • Iraq is at the centre of US-Iran tug of war, and Trump’s re-election campaign (France 24)
  • Strike by millions of Indian workers over Modi privatization plans (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump responds to Iranian missile strikes with threat of new sanctions (ABC)
  • Climate

  • ‘Well-defined and clear trends’: Australia just faced down its hottest and driest year on record (ABC)
  • Google, NV Energy to build solar-plus-storage facility to power Nevada data center (IEEFA)
  • Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season (The Conversation)
  • What if storing CO₂ would also allow us to heat our homes? (The Conversation)
  • Climate change: COP26 Glasgow will provide world stage for Scotland’s green innovation (The Conversation)
  • Most conservatives know prevention is better than cure – except when it comes to climate change | Richard Denniss (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Bid for Shane Warne’s baggy green crosses AUD 500,000 (Cricinfo)
  • Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – Leicester City v Aston Villa (BBC Sport)
  • Nadal made to sweat by Nishioka, as Djokovic has it easy (SMH)
  • Margaret Court overlooked for Australian Open trophy presentation (The Guardian)
  • Chris Green suspended from bowling due to illegal action (Cricinfo)
  • Tips and race-by-race preview for Wagga on Thursday (SMH)
  • Further reading

  • True History of the Kelly Gang review: an unheroic portrait of a violent, unhinged, colonial punk (The Conversation)
  • Our buildings aren’t made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here’s what you can do (The Conversation)
  • TikTok has now explained what is and isn’t allowed on the app (MIT Tech Review)
  • Architects of empire (Aeon)
  • How to care for and recover personal items after bushfire (The Conversation)
  • Corn Water Tower in Rochester, Minnesota (Atlas Obscura)

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