Posted By: Bear @ Today at 06:23 pm in North America
Trump Signs Spending Bill, Reversing Veto Threat and Avoiding Government Shutdown.
WASHINGTON — President Trump, hours after threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill and throwing the capital into turmoil, signed it into law on Friday, yielding to advisers and Republican leaders who urged him against manufacturing a government shutdown crisis.
Even as he signed the bill, the president seethed about being forced to swallow legislation that broadly repudiated an agenda that once foresaw the reshaping of the federal government into his “America First” image.
Enactment of the bipartisan spending package, which had seemed like a certainty at dawn, br ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Today at 06:09 pm in Australian Business & Financial News
ASX loses $38 billion; 'heavy selling' in Asia-Pacific as Donald Trump, China square off over tariffs.
Chinese workers unload a roll of tin plate at Baosteel plant on the outskirts of Shanghai. Supplied: Reuters/Claro Corte
A stock market sell-off has gripped Australia and the Asia-Pacific, with investors on edge about a potential US-China trade war.
US President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum that could impose tariffs on up to $US60 billion ($77 billion) of imports from China, sending shivers through Wall Street and prompting a vow from Beijing to "fight to the end".
Under the terms of the memorandum, Mr Trump will target the Chinese imports only after a consultation period, a measure that will give indust ... [more]
Tasmania's historic Bronte Park Lodge destroyed by fire, guests and staff safe
A historic chalet built in the 1940s for Tasmania's hydro electric scheme has been gutted by fire.
Photo: Bronte Park was established to service Tasmania's hydro electric project in the 1940s. (Supplied: Bronte Park Village)
The blaze took hold in several buildings at the Bronte Park Lodge and chalet about 8.00am Friday, with Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) despatching six tankers to the hotel, about 110 kilometres from Hobart, in the central highlands.
"Guests and staff have evacuated and are all accounted for," the TFS said.
Shane Hedger, from the Bronte Park store, sa ... [more]
Franco-Dutch firm reportedly set to make Britain's post-Brexit passports
The blue British passports to be used after Brexit, hailed as an expression of "independence and sovereignty", will be made by a Franco-Dutch firm, according to the boss of the English company which lost the contract to produce them.
The news has produced awkward headlines for Prime Minister Theresa May, who announced in December that Britain, which adopted burgundy passports in 1988 in line with EU recommendations, would switch back to the "iconic" dark blue it had used for decades.
British passports are currently made by De La Rue, which despite its French name is a British company that prints them in northern England.
But the company's chief executive said it lost ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 21 2018, 09:04 AM in Australian Football League
We've already begun our NFL tipping for 2018 and already seen some upsets. We may well see the same in the AFL, particularly in the early rounds as sides develop their game plans.
Thursday March 22:
Richmond v Carlton: The reigning Premiers take on a Blues outfit that will be missing Bryce Gibbs (now at Adelaide) and with a question mark over key player Matthew Kreuzer. I can't see an upset here. RICHMOND
Friday March 23:
Essendon v Adelaide: The Bombers are on the rise but the Crows have one of the strongest lists in the AFL. It will be close but I'm tipping ADELAIDE
Saturday March 24:
St Kilda v Brisbane: Both teams will be looking to improve on their 2017 performance. The home gro ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 20 2018, 01:10 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Liberals crank up heat on tax credit refunds with data on those hardest hit
EXCLUSIVE, Sarah Martin, Federal Political Editor | The West Australian Tuesday, 20 March 2018 2:00AM
The Federal Government will release figures today showing more than half of the 100,000 West Australians set to lose money under Labor’s new tax policy are on taxable incomes of less than $18,200, as the major parties continue to spar over who will be hardest hit by the crackdown.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will release the breakdown of income data for those affected in WA as he heats up the campaign against Opposition Leader Bill S ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 20 2018, 12:56 PM in Other Political News
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young slams Labor’s ‘special deal’ of $250m to Catholic schools
Sarah Martin | The West Australian Tuesday, 20 March 2018 8:16AM
Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.Picture: AAP
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has hit out at the Labor Party for offering a “special deal” of $250m to Catholic schools during the Batman by-election campaign, describing the unwinding of needs-based funding as “appalling”.
After restarting the school funding wars by offering a deal to the Catholic sector during the Batman by-elect ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 20 2018, 08:27 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Uber suspends autonomous vehicles after self-driving car kills woman
A woman crossing a street was killed by an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, leading the ride services company to suspend its autonomous vehicle program across the US and Canada.
The accident in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are being tested around the globe, and could derail efforts to fast-track the introduction of the new technology.
The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which occurred overnight Sunday to Monday, Tempe police said.
The vehicle was travelling northbound ... when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from wes ... [more]
Posted By: Michael.W @ Mar 19 2018, 08:16 AM in Asia / Pacific
Missing Flight MH 370
Doomed Flight MH370 has been 'found' on Google Earth, according to an Australian.
Australian Peter McMahon, a mechanical engineer, says he has worked in crash investigations for 25 years and has now discovered the lost plane The flight, carrying 239 people, vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
A massive search operation by China, Australia and Malaysia, costing £115m, came to an end in January 2017 without success. But Peter McMahon, 64, insists he has found the plane.
He has pored through NASA and Google Maps images since the plane disappeared four years ago and believes the plane is 10 miles south of Round Island, a small islet north ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 18 2018, 09:09 AM in "Burning Questions"
This is the penultimate question for this series of Burning Questions and I'm offering 3 points for a correct solution and 1 point for those who "almost" solve this logic puzzle.
Several of Ms. Carroll's students (Erica, Linda, Oliver and Sam) each gave an oral presentation today on different wild animals (antelopes, giraffes, monkeys and tigers). Match each student to their animal and grade (A, A-,B+,C+), and determine the length of each presentation (2, 3, 4 and 5 minutes).
1. The student who gave the presentation on tigers was either the student who spoke for 5 minutes or the presenter who got the A-.
2. Neither the presenter who gave the presentation on tigers nor the student who gave the presentation on antelopes was Sam.
SA election: Liberals claim victory as Labor's Jay Weatherill concedes
Steven Marshall and Liberal deputy Vickie Chapman at the Liberal victory party.
Liberal leader Steven Marshall has declared a "new dawn" in South Australia after claiming victory in the SA election, with his party poised to form government for the first time in 16 years.
Mr Marshall arrived to a rock star's welcome at the Liberal election function, walking to the stage to the sound of The Killers song The Man.
"A massive thank you to the people of South Australia who have put their trust, their faith in me and the Liberal team for a new dawn, a new dawn for South Australia," he told cheering supporters a ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:16 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
CEO pay packets reaching pre-GFC levels of $5m.
The average top chief executive in Australia is earning $5.2 million, a figure not seen since before the global financial crisis. It comes as wage growth remains stagnant for most workers.
Wayne Swan said the report showed 'gross distortions in CEO pay relative to average worker earnings'. Photo ABC News: Matt Roberts.
A new report that analyses data from Australia's top 100 companies shows that the average chief executive pay dropped from $5.5 million before the GFC to $4.7 million in 2011. But it has steadily crept back to $5.2 million.
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:08 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
LONGEST RUN OF MONTHLY JOBS GROWTH EVER RECORDED.
2017 was the best year for jobs growth ever and that growth is continuing into this year with the number of jobs in Australia increasing for the 16th straight month in January – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth ever.
Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment increased by 16,000 to a record high of 12,453,500.
The Turnbull Government has put in place the right policy settings and this is now paying off with our economy creating, on average, around 1,100 new jobs a day.
Part-time employment rose by 65,900 over the month, to a record high, of 3,992,600, and is now 110,100 (or ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 05:43 PM in ACT & NT
NT businessman awarded Indigenous grant worth more than $400,000 may have Aboriginal status revoked
By Christopher Walsh
Photo: Allan Lodge has had his Aboriginal status questioned. (Facebook: Allan Lodge)
A Darwin businessman who used a "confirmation of Aboriginality" certificate to obtain a $407,000 Indigenous grant, has had the document called into question by the Aboriginal corporation that awarded it.
Allan Lodge, 48, was certified in November 2015 as being Aboriginal under the previous board and CEO of the NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation.
Chair Eileen Cummings said the current board of directors last night determined that Mr Lod ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 03:24 PM in Breaking News
Stephen Hawking dies aged 76, family says
Photo: Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy. (Angela Micu)
Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, British media is reporting his family as saying.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning (local time), according to a statement from his family.
"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side — and supported him — throughout his life," the statement said.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said they were deeply saddened by their father's passing.
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 11:35 AM in Science & Technology
Windows vs. Ford.
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX) : Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:
If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
1.... For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........twice a day.
2.... Every time they repainted the lines in the road ... [more]