NSW port privatisation inquiry finds key details kept secret from Parliament, calls for policy review

A NSW upper house inquiry into the state’s port privatisations has confirmed key aspects of the deals were kept secret from Parliament and the public. The Public Works Committee report, tabled on Monday, calls on the state government to review its ports policy and examine allowing Newcastle to establish a viable container terminal. Its finding that …

Madness of Brexit sees EU being blamed for all of the UK’s problems

Febrile doesn’t begin to describe it. The two dominant political parties are beginning to rupture, Brexit is just over a month away and the economy shows signs of having hit a wall. We are used to everything being blamed for Brexit, now everything is being blamed on Brexit. Just when we thought it couldn’t get …

Trump delays increase in tariffs on China, citing progress in trade talks

February 24 at 8:10 PM President Trump said Sunday that he will delay a scheduled increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to allow negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing,the most significant sign yet that Trump is eager to resolve a trade spat with China that has …

Australian fashion brands operating in ‘shocking’ conditions, reports Oxfam

Garment worker and mum Tania often cries alone when she isn’t busy making clothes for Australian fashion brands. The 21-year-old, who works as a sewing operator in central Bangladesh, has been forced to send her daughter 250km away and visit her only twice a year in a bid to ensure the family’s survival on her …

Air NZ to slash entry level airfares by up to half on up to 40 domestic routes

Air New Zealand is cutting entry level airfares by up to 50 per cent on about 40 domestic routes in what will be the airline’s biggest pricing shake-up in 15 years. Stuff understands the national carrier has been working on ways to stimulate the domestic market, especially on regional routes, since it announced a profit …

Rush of Chinese workers in Philippines sparks worry, call for caution

Chinese President Xi Jinping lays a wreath at the monument of Philippines National Hero Jose Rizal at the Luneta in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 20, 2018. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News MANILA — From cash registers accepting WeChat payments to street corner stalls selling “taho,” the number of Chinese workers in the Philippines is growing, sparking a …

‘Green Book’ wins best picture at the 91st Academy Awards

“Green Book” took home the top prize at the 91st Academy Awards Sunday night despite controversy over the film and the conduct of its creators. The movie was considered an underdog headed into the ceremony, defeating strong competition from “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film tells the story of a working …

Poles will return east to higher wages and jobs, and UK will lose out

A perception had built up over the decade leading to Brexit that Britain was a country out of control. Brussels bureaucrats controlled our lives and money. Migrants were stealing jobs and sponging benefits, or so went the shock doctrine of the tabloid press, manifested among the myriad reasons 17.4 million people cried out from the …

Duterte determined to continue implementation of TRAIN law

CEBU CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to continue with the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, citing the increasing need for a bigger budget to fund other newly approved legislations. The President said that the government needs to identify a stable source of funding to fully realize the laws …

Scott Morrison announces $2 billion injection into Abbott-era climate change fund

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $2 billion extension of Tony Abbott’s Direct Action fund, as the centrepiece of his climate change policy.  The renamed Climate Solutions Fund is aimed at ensuring Australia meets its 2030 emissions reduction target by partnering with remote Indigenous communities, small businesses and farmers. The PM unveiled the funding package …

Scott Morrison announces $2 billion ‘solutions fund’ to fight climate change

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $2 billion extension of Tony Abbott’s Direct Action fund, as the centrepiece of his climate change policy.  The renamed Climate Solutions Fund is aimed at ensuring Australia meets its 2030 emissions reduction target by partnering with remote Indigenous communities, small businesses and farmers. The PM unveiled the funding package …

How did Collin Creek Mall die? It’s an obit still being written across America

Steve Lay has seen the blank stares when he assigns his real estate students at Collin College a paper on any local mall and includes Collin Creek as a possibility. Even though the mall is just north of one of Plano’s busiest intersections, U.S. 75 and the President George Bush Turnpike, the students’ lack of …

YouTube is demonetising anti-vaccination videos

YouTube channels that promote anti-vaccination content are not allowed to run ads on the video sharing platform, according to a policy first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday. YouTube said that it considers anti-vaccination content to be “dangerous or harmful,” which as a policy, it does not allow to be monetised – meaning that it won’t allow the …

Warren Buffett argues government budget deficits don’t matter – Axios

Data: Factset: Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders is out, which is always most interesting when the Oracle of Omaha admits to past mistakes. Why it matters: Buffett has a lesson, in his letter, for “those who regularly preach doom because of government budget deficits”. He admits that he was one of …

Juul reduces cigarette smoking risk similar to quitting, study shows

Switching to Juul e-cigarettes reduces smokers’ risk to cigarette toxins at similar levels to quitting entirely, according to results from a clinical trial presented at a conference Saturday. Researchers found switching entirely to Juul reduced smokers’ exposure to biomarkers, or signals of exposure to cigarette smoking, 99.6 percent as much as abstaining entirely from cigarettes. …

AT&T pulls YouTube ads after pedophiles turn children’s videos into message boards

Dallas-based AT&T Corp. and several other major companies have pulled spending from YouTube after the businesses’ advertisements were displayed on videos with pedophilic comments and activity. The Google-owned video platform became embroiled in scandal this week after a YouTuber posted a video showing evidence of what he called a “wormhole” into soft-core pedophilia on the site. “Until …

Germany’s economy is on the ropes – and its car industry even more so

As everyone knows, the European economy is in trouble, but just how much may not yet be widely appreciated. Thanks to a sharp fall in German production, eurozone manufacturing output is declining for the first time in six years, survey evidence suggests. Most commentators regard this as just a temporary setback, caused by a sharp …