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Apple sets date for ‘show time’ event, video service launch expected

The service is expected to launch globally, an ambitious move to rival services from Netflix and others. Apple’s App Store, where the service is likely to be distributed, is currently available in more than 100 countries. The potential sales from a video service have become a focus of investors after …

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Labor plan to boost hotels by helping them stand up to online booking giants

Small hotels would be able to advertise online cheap room rates without fear of being punished by web behemoths under a plan Labor says will reduce the financial squeeze facing the tourism sector. In a move backed by the accommodation sector, Labor on Tuesday will pledge to enable hotels to …

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‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril

Large water-bombing aircraft such as the “Elvis” air crane helicopter are typically leased from the United States each summer. However Mr Brown said northern hemisphere locations such as California have begun to suffer year-round fire seasons, and the release of the equipment to Australia in summer cannot be assured. For …

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Coal or renewables: Which is cheaper?

There is no shortage of forecasts from authoritative sources on this question, so let’s review them. The Australian National University’s Energy Change Institute director Ken Baldwin has written that in 2017 the marginal cost of generating power from an existing black coal-fired station was less than $40 a megawatt hour …

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Striking schoolkids should wear storm of criticism as a badge of honour

I hope a lot of school kids join this global children’s strike on Friday and I hope they’re mocked and traduced by their elders in politics and the media, because those elders aren’t really their betters on this issue; they’re mostly either dangerous fools or mendacious swine. The hammer of …

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Coast braces for hail storms after scorching day

Brisbane was expected to dodge the brunt of the storm with just a 30 per cent chance of rain, becoming less likely throughout the evening. Loading The afternoon storms come after another heatwave in south-east Queensland, with temperatures as much as 10 degrees above the monthly average expected. BoM forecaster Michael …

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Naughton gives Dogs extra bite up forward

Beveridge is excited by what Naughton could become as a forward. “Historically we have found it hard to bed down those key forward positions but we think Josh Schache is very promising and if you are trying to forecast or crystal ball what sort of player Aaron Naughton might be …

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ARLC rubber stamps no-fault stand down rule

The ARL Commission has voted unanimously in favour of the new no-fault stand down rule, which will take effect on Monday night. The new rule – which makes no judgement on a player’s case while standing them down from the game if they are charged with an offence carrying an …

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Oil and gas giants shed billions after Norwegian fund’s divestment

Australian energy companies shed more than $2.5 billion on Monday after Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund’s decision to drop its global oil holdings, the rout even hitting companies the fund didn’t own. The group is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, with more than $1 trillion in investments.  On Friday, the fund’s …

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‘We’re going to eat each other’: Venezuela’s pain without power

On Thursday, the San Geronimo B substation in the center of the country, which supplies electricity to 80 per cent Venezuelans from the massive Guri hydro-power plant, went down. No date has been set to restart the plant, and most workers were told to stay home Monday, said two of the …

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