Coalition IR changes would allow bosses to change workers' hours, duties and location. Christian Porter will unveil the reforms, including part-time flexibility provisions, next week
The WTA is planning to start the 2021 season in the first week of January outside Australia before the players travel to Melbourne for quarantine ahead of the Grand Slam, women's tour chief Steve Simon told Reuters. The Australian Open looks likely to be pushed back from its scheduled Jan. 18 start as Tennis Australia (TA) continue talks with local government over COVID-19 protocols to be established for Melbourne Park. Negotiations over when the players arrive in Australia and what they will be allowed to do during their 14 days of quarantine have dragged out over the last few weeks but Simon was confident the tournament would go ahead.
The Breaking Bad star revealed he had coronavirus in July.
The sister of a Thai pro-democracy activist who rights groups say was abducted by unknown gunmen in Cambodia called on Friday for authorities to solve the case after holding a Buddhist prayer ceremony to mark six months since his disappearance. Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, was bundled into a vehicle in front of his Phnom Penh apartment in June, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. Cambodian police have previously said they were unaware a kidnapping had taken place.
Tucker Carlson claims public health experts and the politicians who listen to them are trying to cancel Christmas.
The first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is set to be distributed after arriving in the UK. Britain is fighting back against global criticism of its rapid approval of the vaccine, as the government tries to prevent damage to public confidence in the jab. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, claimed the fast decision could make people reluctant to get vaccinated.
Ian Taylor has helped bring the America's Cup to life for TV viewers since 1992 but he is slightly worried that the secret designs and sheer speed of the boats for next year's regatta may have left his computer graphics company in the dark. "We're testing all the data and software from next week," Animation Research's Taylor told Reuters by telephone from Dunedin. Animation Research's graphics have been credited by sailing commentators with helping the casual fan follow the event, with the package showing real-time animations of racing.
Snakes have found a safe space in Myanmar - a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade. For five years, this Buddhist temple in the city of Yangon has been taking in pythons and cobras and vipers otherwise destined for the black market. The sanctuary is run by Wilatha, a monk at the temple. "I always check on their health every morning. I feel from the bottom of my heart that they are my sons and daughters." The snakes are usually caught in or near homes, brought here by members of the community. According to Buddhist beliefs, saving a life will earn them 'merit,' though Wilatha's mission has an environmental angle, as well. "If I don't save these snakes and shelter them here, these snakes will be sold off in the black market. If so, the python would be extinct in Myanmar in the future. I believe that losing even one animal species will cause problems to nature. Even though we don't know specifically about their benefit to nature, the species are helping our environment." Conservationists say snakes are often smuggled to neighboring countries like China and Thailand, where they're eaten or used to make traditional medicine. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has sounded the alarm about their shrinking numbers, listing the Burmese python as "vulnerable" in Southeast Asia. Wilatha has made it part of his job to get the residents of his sanctuary back to the wild. Working with the forest authority, he releases those he feels are ready, hoping they are never caught again.
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Meeting the UK's legal target to cut emissions to net zero to curb climate change is a "colossal challenge", the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned, with people needing to eat less meat and drive electric cars to achieve it. The UK has enshrined the goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050 in law, which means cutting greenhouse gases as much as possible and offsetting remaining pollution by planting trees or using technology to capture carbon. In a report looking at the Government's arrangements for achieving net zero, the official spending watchdog warned it was significantly more challenging than the previous target to cut emissions by 80% by mid century - which the UK is not on track to meet. The NAO said the costs of achieving net zero were highly uncertain. But the costs of failing to act would be far greater because of the need to adapt to substantial changes in climate, such as building flood defences and dealing with the impacts on health of higher temperatures, the report said. The NAO also said the Government needs to spearhead a "concerted national effort" to achieve net zero, which would be likely to involve widespread changes to people's lives such as driving electric cars or eating less meat.
There was confusion over who would get the jab first.
China's exports and imports are expected to rise at a faster pace in November, helped by strong demand and coronavirus-related disruptions at factories in other countries, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Booming sales of fridges, toasters and microwaves to households across the locked-down world have helped propel China's mammoth manufacturing engine back to life, super-charging demand for key metals like steel, copper and aluminium, after a sharp slump early in the year. China's trade surplus is expected to have narrowed a bit to $53.5 billion in November from $58.44 billion in October, according to the poll.
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For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot. The president and his allies continue to mount new cases, recycling the same baseless claims, even after Trump’s own attorney general declared the Justice Department had uncovered no widespread fraud. "This will continue to be a losing strategy, and in a way it's even bad for him: He gets to re-lose the election numerous times," said Kent Greenfield, a professor at Boston College Law School.
The monetary policy committee also decided to retain an accommodative policy stance at least for the current financial year and into the next year to revive growth on a durable basis, Governor Shaktikanta Das said in an online briefing. The key lending rate of the RBI or the repo rate was left unchanged at 4% while the reverse repo rate or the key borrowing rate stayed at 3.35%.
The Queen's beloved dorgi Vulcan has passed away, according to reports. Of her famous and somewhat iconic dogs, the monarch now has only the ageing Candy remaining. News of Vulcan’s death of “old age” comes days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lost their nine-year-old dog Lupo.
The president-elect says Brian Deese will put a focus on climate, but some environmentalists are skeptical of his ties to Wall Street