Temperatures top 40 as heatwave hits eastern Australia
Temperatures topped 40 degrees in parts of Australia on Saturday as a heatwave hit the country's east.In the late morning, temperatures reached 42 degrees through the inland in the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria as well as in South Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).In New South Wales, parts of the city of Sydney passed 40 degrees in the afternoon and temperatures were expected to stay sweltering until late Sunday afternoon.It marks the first wave of extreme heat of the season in the east as Australia heads into summer.Total fire bans were in place in p...
Virus, spies and wine: Australia-China relations in freefall
Spying charges, calls for a probe into the origins of Covid-19, and now anti-dumping measures on wine — tensions between Australia and its biggest trade partner China have soared this year.Here is a look at how the dispute started and how it is deepening virtually by the week.Coronavirus originsAustralia in April joined the United States in calling for a thorough investigation into how the coronavirus transformed from a localised epidemic in central China into a pandemic — triggering outraged warnings from the Chinese ambassador to the country.Cheng Jingye said demands for a probe could lead t...
Hong Kong Free Press
Ministry says duties on Australia wine justified
By ZHOU JIN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-11-28 07:35Beijing said on Friday that the country's anti-dumping measures on Australian wine imports are in line with Chinese laws and regulations as well as international practice, and it urged Canberra to do more to enhance mutual trust.Starting Saturday, importers of Australian wine are required to pay tariffs ranging from 107.1 percent to 212.1 percent, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.After receiving a request from domestic industry representatives, the ministry launched anti-dumping investigations into the products, according to a stateme...
Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap
Kylie Moore-Gilbert after her release from prison in Iran – Screenshot SBS News video November, 20 2020.The release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert after over 800 days in an Iranian prison has been greeted with joy and relief in Australia and internationally. Her release came as part of an exchange for three Iranian prisoners.Dr. Moore-Gilbert had been held in Iranian prisons for alleged spying since September 2018. Reports circulated that Moore-Gilbert was detained and charged with spying for Israel after Iran learned of her relationship with an Israeli citizen.The Universi...
Wpływ zwierząt na zdrowie ekosystemów
Wydry morskie, gatunek kluczowy dla lasów wodorostów u wybrzeży Wysp Aleuckich, w latach 90. doświadczyły dramatycznego spadku populacji, przez co roślinożerne jeżowce, ulubiona zdobycz wydr, rozmnażały się, niszcząc lasy wodorostów, a w ostatnich latach – wraz ze zmianami klimatycznymi – przyczyniły się do obumarcia raf budowanych przez algi Clathromorphum nereostratum. Przywrócenie populacji wydry mogłoby powstrzymać jeżowce i pomóc w ochronie większego ekosystemu. Według naukowców z Uniwersytetu Rice’a w Houston oraz Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences przyszłe badania nad zmianami klimat...
Over $13 billion worth of commodities traded on CIC, to grow winning products with RCEP
By Celine ChenCommodities Intelligence Centre (CIC), a B2B e-trade platform for physical commodities, plans to groom one unique commodity from each member-country of the recently inked Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to be a global champion.Powered by blockchain technology and bolstered by supporting services like financing and logistics, CIC is a global trading platform for physical commodities such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemicals and plastics, oil and petroleum, and agri-commodities.As it seeks to uncover new trading opportunities and promote global trade faci...
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Chinese tariffs on Aussie wine will make exports "unviable": Canberra
Tariffs of up to 212 percent on Australian wine imported into China will render the Chinese wine market "unmarketable" and "unviable" for Australian producers, Australia's trade minister said Friday.Beijing announced earlier in the day it will place tariffs of between 107-212 percent on all Australian wine from Saturday, following preliminary findings of an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports, valued at A$1.1 billion (US$811 million).Trade minister Simon Birmingham flatly denied the allegations, saying Australian wine is some of the highest priced wine on the Chinese market...
Without reflecting, Australia can be walking into the dark
China Australia Illustration: Liu Rui/GTThe secretary of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson on Wednesday warned China against resorting to "pressure or coercion," The Guardian reported. Speaking at the National Security College of Australian National University in Canberra, Adamson said China would be wrong if it reaches "a point where it believes that it can largely set the terms of its future engagement with the world."Only two days after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will not pick sides between the US and China, Australia's top dipl...
Aztecs open basketball season by routing No. 22 UCLA
SAN DIEGO — It wasn’t in front of the 17,204 fans that were in Anaheim’s Honda Center the last time they played, or the 12,414 that usually fill the canyon of red seats at Viejas Arena.It wasn’t in front of anybody, in fact, other than a few dozen staff and media, and a guy pumping in crowd noise from a laptop.But it goes in the books just the same: San Diego State beat No. 22 UCLA in men’s basketball 73-58 on Wednesday night.It doesn’t happen very often. This was only the second time in, oh, 80 years. It was the first by double digits since 1939.It was a sweet way for the Aztecs to open their...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kirin to sell dairy unit in Australia to Bega Cheese for $412 mil.
Kirin Holdings Co. said Thursday it will sell its Australian dairy and beverage business to Bega Cheese Ltd. for about AU$ 560 million ($412 million), after an initial deal with a Chinese firm failed to obtain regulatory approval amid heightened Sino-Australian tensions.Under the agreement, Kirin's subsidiary will sell all shares in Lion-Dairy and Drinks Pty Ltd. to Australia's Bega Cheese in the first quarter of 2021, according to the major Japanese brewer.Bega Cheese Executive Chairman Barry Irvin said the acquisition will deliver "important industry consolidation.""The expanded product rang...