Monday, 19 August, 2019

Australia should reduce emissions, coal mining - Pacific leaders

News Australia responds to PM's plea Australia announces $338m funding for climate action
Patty Aguilar | 13 August, 2019, 19:58

"With Tuvalu at the frontline of global climate change I look forward to progressing ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change so we have the strongest possible climate resilience across the Pacific".

"Scott Morrison's priority ... must be to ramp up ambition on climate change", said Pat Conroy, Labor's spokesman on worldwide development and the Pacific.

The draft statement concludes on a call to all countries, "with no caveats", to take decisive and transformative action - a likely dig at Australia for planning to use Kyoto-era carbon credits to meet its Paris Agreement pledges.

"Australia meets its commitments, and we will always meet our commitments", Morrison said on Tuesday when asked how he reconciled the environmental aid package with the Adani mine approval.

"It would be very unusual for there to be a stalemate", she said. "It is shaping up to being a testing time for Mr Morrison in Tuvalu".

Mr Sopoaga, Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and other Pacific leaders have become increasingly vocal in the lead-up to this year's PIF leaders' meeting in appealing to Australia to take a stronger stance on climate change.

But Pacific leaders already in Funafuti appear more focused on making their case directly to their counterparts, Mr Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on Wednesday.

China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the United Kingdom have all been focusing more attention on the Pacific because of the region's geo-strategic importance.

Trump Says US Delayed Tarriffs on Chinese Goods Due to 'Christmas Season'
Stocks shook off an early stumble and edged higher on Wall Street led by gains in technology and health care companies. The news sent the stocks of US companies that make electronics, shoes and toys sharply higher.

Eddie Murphy Plays Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’
If you're new to Dolemite lore, you can find collections of the old movies on Amazon as well as some of Moore's other works. Let's take a second to give props to Netflix for rounding up such an unbelievable cast for Dolemite Is My Name .

Jack Black Is Doing Jack Gray Things with Jack White
And me and Kage [Kyle Gass] have been working on a jam but it's not quite done, it needs a little work. Black also notes that the recording session with Tenacious D and White was quick and straight-to-tape.

Australia has always been the biggest donor of aid and development funds in the region, but China is making in-roads through both loans to governments and investment in the private sector.

"This is the most amount of money Australia has ever spent on climate in the Pacific", he said.

"A number of Pacific island countries, not all of them, have access to other partners, including China, which can provide them with as much finance as they may need".

As well as the shifting geopolitics of the region, the power dynamics within the PIF are changing, too.

Australia will give A$500 million ($339 million) to Pacific island nations for renewable energy projects and to help them prepare for the impact of climate change, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday before a trip to the region.

Le Mesurier said this week's leaders' meeting was the first since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's landmark report on limiting warming to 1.5C, which laid out the severe consequences of failing to limit warming to 1.5C and the scale and pace of global action necessary to achieve this goal, including that global emissions must be roughly halved over the next decade and reach zero before the mid-century.

But host Tuvalu will be ensuring their visitors can't avoid their biggest challenge: climate change and its threat to the nation's fragile reefs.

Recommended

  • Ex-NBA journeyman Telfair sentenced for gun possession

    Ex-NBA journeyman Telfair sentenced for gun possession

    In total, they found three loaded pistols, a gas-operated submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and the ballistic vest. As a point guard at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2004.

    Three officers were shot in California Monday

    Gavin Newsom said in a statement. "In honor of Officer Moye, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff". Investigators didn't immediately know where the gunman came from or where he was headed, Diaz said.
    Iraq slams Israel participation in Gulf naval mission

    Iraq slams Israel participation in Gulf naval mission

    Katz said Israel's participation would help to contain the Iranian threat as well as boost ties in the Gulf region. Katz didn't claim Israel had ships in the Persian Gulf.
  • Former id Software boss joins World War Z studio

    Former id Software boss joins World War Z studio

    Willits also says that Saber is now investigating other sports that they could explore within their Playgrounds series. Despite having more than 500 employees around the world, Saber Interactive remains an independent studio.
    Mojang cancels Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack

    Mojang cancels Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack

    According to the folks at Minecraft - the official crew - there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack. For the past two years Minecraft players have been patiently waiting for a major graphics overhaul to the game.
    Man City star Sterling offered £100M endorsement deal

    Man City star Sterling offered £100M endorsement deal

    Apparently, Air Jordan view this as an opportunity to "open up a new front in the brand battle to dominate the football market". And, according to the Telegraph , he is set to cash in even further on his success on the pitch over the last few seasons.
  • Murray feeling zero pain ahead of singles return in Cincinnati

    Murray feeling zero pain ahead of singles return in Cincinnati

    Last August in Washington the pain in his hip led him to weep audibly in his chair after a long, three-set victory against Marius Copil.

    Former NBA Point Guard Sebastian Telfair Sentenced 3.5 Years for Gun Possession

    During his pro career, he spent one year with the Boston Celtics before being included in Boston's 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett. Telfair was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday after being convicted in April.
    Body found in search for missing teenager Nora Quoirin in Malaysia

    Body found in search for missing teenager Nora Quoirin in Malaysia

    The statement said: "The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm a body has been found in the search for Nora Quoirin". They believe she was abducted, but Malaysian police have to this point classified it as a missing person case.
  • Slain CHP officer honored with procession, official tributes

    Slain CHP officer honored with procession, official tributes

    Debbie Howard, Moye's stepmother, told reporters she texted him when she happened to see numerous squad cars speed past her. The driver then pulled a rifle from inside their vehicle and began firing at the patrolman, according to the report.
    Pound Sterling At 2-Year Low As UK Economy Shrinks

    Pound Sterling At 2-Year Low As UK Economy Shrinks

    Adding to the pound's woes, industrial production and manufacturing figures also missed expectations by large margins. The ONS said companies had been building up additional goods in the first quarter in anticipation of a March Brexit .
    Bayern Munich sign Ivan Perisic on loan from Inter Milan

    Bayern Munich sign Ivan Perisic on loan from Inter Milan

    Bayern were eager to sign the Croatian after their deal to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City fell apart after his injury. He had previously played for Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg in Germany . "I'm very glad to be back in Germany", he said.

Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is acting weirder than normal Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is acting weirder than normal Their data could reveal different aspects of the physics of the change in brightness, and help us understand what Sgr A* is up to. A burst of radiation has captured the attention of astronomers observing a supper massive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

$3 million Fortnite winner-and his parents-become latest swatting targets $3 million Fortnite winner-and his parents-become latest swatting targets Last month, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million when he was crowned champion of the Fortnite World Cup in NY . The Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

USA delays tariffs on cellphones, laptops and toys from China USA  delays tariffs on cellphones, laptops and toys from China The products include mobile phones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, and certain footwear and clothing. Trade Representative says the rest of the tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled to kick in on September 1 will continue.

Irish boy critically ill after being discovered in pool in Spain Irish boy critically ill after being discovered in pool in Spain The boy was found floating in the Cabo Roig urbanisation pool in Orihuela, Alicante at approximately 9.15am this morning. The emergency services attended and he was airlifted to hospital, the Diario Información media services reported.

Date set for major court showdown over no-deal Brexit Date set for major court showdown over no-deal Brexit However, despite requests from petitioners, he refused to not heard the case in the Outer House of the Court of Session in order to speed up the process.

Johnson to build new prisons costing £2.5bn Johnson to build new prisons costing £2.5bn Over the course of this week Johnson wants to unveil new sentencing plans in a bid to tackle rising violent crime across the UK. As well this alternative community sentences are being beefed upped. "This can not go on".

Norwegian police say mosque shooting is a terror attempt Norwegian police say mosque shooting is a terror attempt He has not been named by authorities nor has the motive in the attack; he has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Manshaus, who briefly smiled at photographers, does not admit to any crime, his lawyer said earlier on Monday.

Ebola drugs trial shows '90pc survival rate' Ebola drugs trial shows '90pc survival rate' What impact could the drugs have? Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust director, said the new treatment would "undoubtedly save lives". The World Health Organization has chose to narrow an experiment with Ebola patients to two treatments that show real promise.

Bystanders use chairs, milk crate to trap knife-wielding man Bystanders use chairs, milk crate to trap knife-wielding man Seven Network cameraman Paul Walker - who filmed the 21-year-old man being detained - said the man was "full of blood". He said he was known to police but "his history was unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he committed".

'Lion King' remake passes 'Frozen' as highest grossing animated film 'Lion King' remake passes 'Frozen' as highest grossing animated film The Lion King earned $473.1 million in the USA while it collected a whopping $861.5 million overseas. The Lion King recorded the second-biggest collection in China.

‘Friends’ To Be Released In Theaters For Its 25th Anniversary - Details! ‘Friends’ To Be Released In Theaters For Its 25th Anniversary - Details! According to Warner Brothers, the episodes will include never-seen-before content and exclusive interviews. Aniston, Cox and Kudrow reunited in June after Aniston voiced interest in an official reunion.

Police say manhunt suspects killed themselves, guns found near bodies in brush Police say manhunt suspects killed themselves, guns found near bodies in brush McLeod and Schmegelsky had not been seen since July 22 , just before police discovered their charred vehicle in a remote area. McLeod and Schmegelsky themselves were originally considered missing persons and only became suspects later.

Liam Hemsworth confirms split from Miley Cyrus with Instagram statement Liam Hemsworth confirms split from Miley Cyrus with Instagram statement He did confirm the separation though, and said , "I wish her [Miley] nothing but health and happiness going forward". Hemsworth said the split was a "private matter" and he would not be making any further comment in the media.

Verizon announces sale of Tumblr to Automattic, the owner of WordPress Verizon announces sale of Tumblr to Automattic, the owner of WordPress In a post on Tumblr , Automattic's CEO said the deal should close within a few weeks. Automattic will carry on with the porn ban on Tumblr after the acquisition.

Why Antonio Brown risks $30M payday amid National Football League helmet dispute Why Antonio Brown risks $30M payday amid National Football League  helmet dispute That means Brady finally has to pick a new helmet in 2019, and it sounds like the process isn't going well. Essentially, Brown will not get paid by the Raiders until he decides to wear an NFL-approved helmet.