Analysis: Australia has an opportunity now to invest in the future

first_imgAnalysis: Australia has an opportunity now to invest in the future FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mirage News:The debt incurred by the Government’s coronavirus stimulus packages will force a rethink of many of its current spending commitments. But what is also crucial is that money not be wasted trying to save the unsavable.Yet, this is exactly what the government is doing via its continuing subsidies for Australia’s fossil fuel industry. Recent figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that Australia provides US$29 billion – A$47 billion – pa for fossil fuels.These subsidies include measures such as subsidising the costs of fuels used to extract resources, accelerated depreciation for assets and post-tax subsidies such as not paying clean up and health costs.Compare that to the estimated A$50 million to fund volunteer firefights in December 2019.As energy analyst Tim Buckley notes, the hit to the fossil fuel industry from the coronavirus and cheaper renewables means that it might never recover. Many fossil fuel companies, such as Santos, are also now under extreme pressure from some super funds to adopt strict emissions targets. Moreover, these subsidies produce very few direct jobs in fossil fuel extraction. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are only 64,300 direct jobs in coal, oil and gas extraction. And only around 10% of those employed in the coal industry are women.That means for every direct job in the coal, oil and gas industry, the governments of Australia spend A$730,000.Shockingly, every Australian is paying A$1,832 per year for these subsidies compared to around A$78 as a one-off payment for bushfire relief or the $750 initial coronavirus support payment.In the U.S., the coal industry has been requesting (unsuccessfully) royalty payment holidays and relief from obligations to clean up mine sites as part of Trump’s stimulus package. You can bet that such requests from miners are already being made here in Australia.[Jeremy Moss]More: What is cost of Morrison’s other stimuluslast_img read more

Edward Snowden Streaming Live From South By Southwest [Watch It Here – Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be streamed live from Moscow Monday, March 10, 2014 at the annual South By Southwest film, music and interactive festival in Austin, Texas. (Photo screen grab courtesy of The Guardian)Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistleblower who leaked thousands of classified documents regarding the United States’ covert surveillance program to media outlets, will be speaking today at South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.Snowden, a former employee of NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, will be broadcast live via video from Moscow, where he’s been granted temporary asylum after fleeing the United States in May 2013, first to Hong Kong. The NSA whistleblower will “urge the entrepreneurs, innovators, makers, hackers, geeks, founders, investors and leading-edge thinkers who attend SXSW Interactive to build better systems that better protect user privacy,” the annual film, music and interactive festival states on its website.The talk will also include Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union and Snowden’s legal advisor Ben Wizner, of the ACLU, reports the Associated Press.Snowden made worldwide headlines in June 2013 when a series of exposes detailing the existence and operations of covert surveillance programs PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora, among others, and the bulk collection of telephone metadata, were published by The Guardian and The Washington Post. Former Guardian political journalist Glenn Greenwald and his staff at the recently launched online publication The Intercept, has continued to publish stories based off the leaked documents.The U.S. government charged him with espionage and theft of government property the same month. He remains a fugitive.WATCH THE LIVE STREAMED VIDEO OF EDWARD SNOWDEN HERElast_img read more

11 ways to be a more likable leader

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Being a great leader also requires you to be a well-liked leader. While we often have to make tough business decisions, meet deadlines and keep daily operations running smoothly, we also need to be equally focused on building and maintaining positive relationships.Developing this kind of likability can only be attained through your actions – how you make people feel – not based on how you look or your level of success. Inc.com contributor Jeff Haden lists 11 habits of “genuinely likable people” – habits that will help make a great first impression, and also a great lasting impression. His list includes:Give before you receive, fully expecting to not receive anything.Shift the spotlight to other people.Listen three times more than you talk.Never practice selective hearing.last_img read more

Tower Awards Seismic Data Reprocessing Deal to DMT Petrologic

first_imgTower Resources has awarded DMT Petrologic a contract to reprocess 3D seismic data over and around Tower’s Thali license in Cameroon.The contract covers merging and reprocessing data from five existing surveys, to cover an area of approximately 500 km2.The area includes Thali block and the surrounding region, encompassing both the three discovery wells on the Thali block itself, and additional key wells which will provide further data control, the company explained.The reprocessing work will achieve higher resolution imaging and obtain additional information to upgrade the existing prospect inventory on the Thali block, which is located in the Rio del Rey basin, offshore Cameroon in water depths ranging from 8 to 48 meters.Jeremy Asher, chairman & CEO of Tower Resources said: “This work will allow us to make a more detailed evaluation of the many prospects on the Thali block, including the existing discoveries at Njonji and Rumpi. We expect to crystallize greater confidence in the volumetric estimates of existing leads and prospects as well as identifying new ones. This will form the basis for our drilling plans, to be confirmed via a Competent Person’s Report (CPR) next year. We look forward to working with DMT Petrologic and will update shareholders as the work proceeds. We are also finalizing our plans for an environmental survey in advance of drilling on the Thali block, and will advise further when those arrangements are complete.”last_img read more

The CDC adds four more symptoms to the COVID-19 check list

first_imgHealth officials have added four more symptoms to the growing list of potential coronavirus symptoms.The CDC updated the list recently to include congestion, runny nose, nausea and diarrhea as potential COVID-19 indicators.The original symptom list only included chills, fever, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste or smell.Officials say symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure, but they most commonly appear around 4-5 days after exposure.The list of symptoms continues to grow as health officials study and learn more about the virus.For a complete list of symptoms and other coronavirus related information, click here.last_img read more

England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship

first_img10 Jun 2016 England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship Teenagers Jack Ainscough, Jake Benson, Callum Farr and Arrun Singh-Brar will represent England in the Irish boys’ open amateur championship. The 72-hole championship takes place at Castle Golf Club, Dublin, from 28 June to 1 July. There will be a cut after 54 holes with the top 50 players and ties contesting the final 18 holes. The players: Jack Ainscough, 16, (Hartlepool, Durham) was runner-up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year he reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship and had top tens in the McGregor Trophy and the Scottish U16 championship. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).  Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall, Northamptonshire) shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and last year reached last 32 in British boys’ championship. He has helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills, Surrey) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship.last_img read more

Trio to be Inducted into Olympia High School Alumni Hall of…

first_imgDan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood.  Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirrycenter_img Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.last_img read more