Facebook on Wednesday promised to invest “at least” $1 billion (€822 million) in the next three years in news content in the Australian media industry. The promise follows the high level of criticism that Facebook received after it blocked press articles in Australia, in protest of a law that required technology companies to pay the local Australian media.
Australia’s Parliament adopted a law Thursday that obliges Google and Facebook to pay Australian media for publishing their news content. The law is the world’s first such legislation. The Australian government introduced a series of changes to the bill on Tuesday (introduced in December), a week after Facebook blocked news in that country.
Facebook has blocked the option of viewing and sharing news on its platform within Australia in opposition to a proposed law in the country. The decision, which affects both the media and users who use the platform in Australia, was communicated by the social media platform via a blog post on Wednesday.
The three major U.S. stock indexes closed overnight and developed individually. The market is concerned about when tourism and aviation and other industries will return to normal. The stock markets in Australia and New Zealand are soft. The Australian common stock index closed at 7,122 points, down 11 points, or 0.16%.
The mysterious Land Down Under has to offer a brand-new start to whoever is seeking it. It’s a great country/ continent that is ideal for new solo or family life. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and fly to this magnificent country full of diversity and versatile wildlife perfect for new beginnings.
However, moving to a completely new country isn’t easy. There’s a wide range of things you need to do and learn before you set your finger into a new life chapter. So, what are the crucial things you need to know that will help you get around?
Australia is now considering whether it should implement a national electric vehicle policy similar to the U.S. Federal Electric Vehicle Policy. In both countries, electric vehicle (EV) penetration is increasing dramatically. While the U.S. has a tax credit and incentives to drive electric vehicles, Australia offers no such policy.
The United Kingdom will apply for membership of the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – the British Ministry of International Trade announced on Saturday. International Trade Minister Liz Truss will officially ask for the UK to join this free trade agreement on Monday.
Labor claims that Australians should be concerned as job losses are taking place in several fields of employment. The government is removing its funding as it is most needed and does not have a strategy for employment. The Morrison government faces scrutiny of its solution to the issue of the Australian economy because of the fact that it decides to reduce wage subsidies.
Thousands of tourism companies in Sydney fear closure without Government funding to shore them up. So in order to ensure tourism industry’s longevity, the government would have to foot a large part of bill. In case of the success of the JobKeeper salary subsidy program over the three months’ extension, the expense of expanding the scheme may be as high as $1 billion.
The Indian cricket team has given a chance for its cricket-loving countrymen to celebrate the new year with a gift of victory in Australia. In the second Boxing Day Test Match, played in Melbourne, on the fourth day, the visitors defeated Australia by eight wickets and put a strong punch of victory.
The three major U.S. stock indexes oscillated higher after opening lower. The Dow regained its 30,000-point mark at the end of the session. The S&P 500 index fell for 3 consecutive trading days. The Dow rose 47.11 points, or 0.16%, to 30046.37; the Nasdaq fell 27.94 points, or 0.23%, to 12,377.87; the S&P 500 index fell 4.64 points, or 0.13%, to 3,663.46 points.
The Ministry of Commerce of China made a preliminary ruling on the Australian wine anti-dumping investigation, stating that “there is dumping of imported wines originating in Australia.’ Per the announcement, starting from November 28, a tariff of 107% to 212.1% will be imposed on wine imported from Australia in the form of a deposit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin , on Saturday extended an embargo on Western food imports introduced in 2014 until the end of 2021. In a decree, the Russian head of state directed the Cabinet to ensure implementation of the measures excluding food prodcuts from the US, the EU, Norway, Australia, and Canada.
The Five Eyes alliance, comprising of the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, issued a joint statement on Wednesday, in which they expressed their “grave concern” over the autocratic actions of China against Hong Kong. The statement was issued through their respective foreign ministers.
Filled with eclectic scenes, thrilling and quirky natural features, and exciting heritage-listed phenomena, the Blue Mountains are arguably the best places to travel to and even spend a few nights in all of New South Wales, Australia. Like most iconic places around the world, you will most likely become confused about what to do in this incredible world when you arrive, which is why I’m presenting you a refined list of the top things to do in the Blue Mountains.
The Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, released its 2020 “Asia Power Index” on Sunday, which shows that the United States is still the most influential country in Asia. However, in the face of China’s rise and improper handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, America’s global prestige has been declining.
China’s coal ban may cost Australia US$15 billion a year.” As many foreign media hyped the news that “China suspends coal imports from Australia”, “Australia News Network” 18th issue published an article by Tariq Brook, a well-known Australian journalist. According to the article, if China announces the ban, it will mark the “biggest escalation” in the China-Australian trade conflict.
Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.
The Australian government has confirmed that Cheng Lei, a presenter for China’s state-run CGTN television network, and an Australian citizen, has been detained by China for two weeks. At present, the reason for her arrest is still unknown. Since the beginning of this year, several Australian citizens have been arrested and sentenced heavily in China.
The Australian state of Victoria declared a state of disaster on August 2, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and announced the most drastic movement-limiting decisions taken since the beginning of the health emergency. A whopping 671 new infections and seven deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
Scientists say that about three billion animals either died or had to flee due to the massive fires in the forests of Australia. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) set up a commission on this, which found in its report that “the fire in Australia’s wilderness last year was the most dangerous tragedy in modern history for wildlife.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced that the government will provide temporary visas for Hong Kong students in Australia and help them become permanent residents of the country. There are currently about 10,000 Hong Kongers staying in Australia on a temporary or student visa.
Australia’s most populated states of Victoria and New South Wales are set to close their common border as of today at midnight following a spike in COVID-19 cases, government officials announced. This is following the registration by Victoria of 127 new infections in the last 24 hours.
After the United Kingdom said it would provide citizenship for Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas (BNO) Passport, the Australian government also sent a signal that it intends to provide visa convenience to Hongkongers who are worried about their own safety.
Jodi McKay, leader of the New South Wales Labor Party, said on Friday that media reports that raids on the home and office of fellow NSW politician Shaoquett Moselmane involved possible allegations of Chinese government interference were “dreadfully concerning.” His Sydney residence was searched and a warrant was also issued for his parliamentary office.
Protests against the death of George Floyd have received international support, with many countries joining in as demonstrations continue across US cities. In London and Berlin, thousands protested outside the US embassies. The demonstrations began with the protestors taking a knee for nine minutes.
Australia will investigate the attack by US police on two Australian journalists that were covering protests in the United States against the brutal murder of George Floyd, an African-American. The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, made the announcement today, stating that the incident was a serious one and it raises serious concern.
China’s authoritative decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong continues to receive international condemnation, fueled by stern warnings of dire consequences from Western countries. The United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia accused Beijing of violating its international obligations towards Hong Kong.
More world leaders are blaming China for its lackluster handling of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to over 3.5 million infections worldwide. It has been criticized for not being forthright with international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization, and the international community, especially during the early stages.
A court in Australia has heard that a Porsche driver, who has a criminal record, had abused one of the policemen killed by a truck on Wednesday as they carried out their duties. The driver, Richard Pusey, had been stopped by police officers for over speeding. The Melbourne court was told that leading senior constable, Lynette Taylor, was heard calling for help when the accused driver went to where the police officer lay and started filming.
The instances where a human has suffered a grievous injury or even death have been present in the Australian road accident scenario. According to the available statistics, there were 1146 road deaths in Australia in 2018. The year before saw the death rate of 4.98 per 100000 individuals in the Australian road and traffic setting. The prosecution of these cases is usually representative of the government. However, you can always call upon a reckless driving lawyer to present your case and defend your position in court.
Australia, for the past few years is facing a dearth of skilled workers in various parts of the nation. But, this shortage of skilled workers has to be compensated, or else a country like Australia has to face its dire consequences. Keeping that factor in mind Australia has framed the Professional Year Program (PYP) for its international students. The total duration of this course is 44 weeks divided into two separate segments i.e. 32 weeks for the course training and 12 weeks for internship respectively.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which will begin Wednesday. The lockdown, which began at midnight local time, will run for 20 days. In a televised address, Mr. Modi said “there will be a complete ban on travel outside the home.” Soon after the announcement, the country started buying necessities.
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, Canada and Australia have refused to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. On Monday, the National Olympic Committee of Canada announced that it would not send athletes to the Games in 2020 due to the risk of contracting viral pneumonia COVID-19.
In South Korea, the number of new coronaviruses infected is gradually declining. On Sunday, March 15, authorities reported 76 new cases. Such a low rate of new infections was last observed in South Korea more than three weeks ago. Thus, the number of cases in this country reached 8,162, and 75 people have died from the effects of the infection.
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has announced it was able to control all forest fires in the state with the help of rainy days. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong warning Monday to the entire coastal area of New South Wales. In parts of the state, the danger of flooding was life-threatening. Some of the suburbs of Sydney, the state capital, had to be evacuated.
Angered by the massive bushfires ravaging Australia, thousands of Australians took to the streets in the country’s major cities on Friday to call for the resignation of Australia’s conservative Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. They accuse him of being slow to respond to the current environmental crisis.
Australia’s death toll from fires has risen to 23, with more than 1,500 homes destroyed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. “We are facing another extremely difficult next 24 hours,” Morrison said at a televised news conference. “In recent times, particularly over the course of the balance of this week, we have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level.”
At least two people have died, five are missing, and thousands have opted for refuge on beaches due to wildfires that are devastating southeastern Australia, officials said on Tuesday. Several dozen new fire outbreaks erupted on Tuesday.
“Following the tragic death last night of a volunteer firefighter, police confirmed two deaths in Cobargo. A third person is missing,” Gladys Berijiklian, the state’s head of government, told a news conference.
Australian оffісіаlѕ have wаrnеd оf thе роtеntіаl “catastrophic” thrеаt роѕеd bу natural fіrеѕ in the ѕuburbѕ of Sуdnеу, thе соuntrу’ѕ lаrgеѕt city. Vulnеrаblе residents wеrе wаrnеd to leave thе аrеа аnd ѕееk rеfugе in ѕhорріng malls. At lеаѕt thrее people have dіеd іn Auѕtrаlіа’ѕ wildfires in recent days аnd thоuѕаndѕ have flеd their hоmеѕ. On Sundау, mоrе thаn fіvе nаturаl fіrеѕ continued іn thе two states оf Nеw Sоuth Wales and Quееnѕlаnd.
Weatherboard is a conventional archetypal housing design in Australia. The design features a lightweight lap siding and bevel siding made of timber, acrylic, fibre- cement and vinyl. The clapboards are locally available, and they shield the house from external factors such as heat and noise. Besides insulating, weatherboards are used to give your home a glamorous look.
In Australia, Friday was the lаѕt day for tourists to climb Uluru mountain. Clіmbіng the mountain іѕ now рrоhіbіtеd іn оrdеr to hоnоr thе wіll of thе nаtіvеѕ of thе аrеа. This huge rосk, also knоwn as Aуеrѕ Rock, wіll bе реrmаnеntlу off limits begining Sаturdау. Uluru Mountain is a rеd sandstone rосk lосаtеd іn thе Nоrthеrn Territory іn сеntrаl Auѕtrаlіа. Uluru іѕ four mеtеrѕ hіgh аnd is knоwn іntеrnаtіоnаllу fоr іtѕ rеd color. Thе Uluru Rосk Mountains аrе ѕасrеd tо the Ananguѕ, natives оf thе аrеа. They hаvе long bееn саllіng fоr tоurіѕtѕ to ѕtор сlіmbіng thе rock.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during 2017-2018, almost 393,000 people moved interstate, up by 4.3% from the previous year. Further, about 43% of Australians moved their home in the past 5 years. So, moving interstate is a likely decision for most of Australia’s population. Nonetheless, whether you’re moving for lifestyle or work, just like the states vary, so do the challenges you’ll face when moving. Either way, here’s a list of the top 5 tips to guarantee a seamless relocation experience whenever you decide to change the scenery in Australia.
An Australian couple that was detained in Iran has been released, albeit as a result of “very difficult negotiations” with Tehran, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Saturday. Jolie King and Mark Firkin, from the city of Perth on the west coast of Australia, have subsequently been sent back to their homeland.