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TOKYO (Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, Yasutoshi Nishimura, a deputy chief cabinet secretary, said on Monday.
Abe and Trump spoke by telephone after the Japanese premiers ruling coalition scored a big win in an election on Sunday.
Nishimura told reporters that Abe and Trump were planning to play golf together on Nov. 5, when Trump makes his first visit to Japan.
Reporting by Takaya Yamaguchi; Writing by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore
Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. The modern world, after all, is not the product of a successful search for consensus. Its whats emerged from centuries of critical enquiry and hard clash. Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia Number of the Week: 2.2
Note: This is the second story in a five-part series that will examine how the Adani and Carmichael coal mine has divided the Australian public and in the process, sparked fierce debate on issues...
With breathtaking hypocrisy, Cory Bernardi puts the case for thorium nuclear power. He implies that nuclear power needs no government funding. He implies that thorium power is not nuclear. Thorium power requires plutonium or enriched uranium, to quickly transform thorium 232 into uranium 233 then nuclear fission occurs just as with conventional nuclear reactors. But worse, as plutonium or enriched uranium, or both, are also used.
High court proves we have free speech against environmental wreckers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2017/oct/22/high-court-proves-we-have-free-speech-against-environmental-wreckers, Bob Brown
Canberra doctor Sue Wareham part of Nobel peace prize winning team http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/canberra-doctor-sue-wareham-part-of-nobel-peace-prize-winning-team-20171019-gz4adv Finbar OMallon, A Canberra-based founder of a Nobel peace prize-winning organisation has called on the Australian government to do more to abolish nuclear weapons.
Cook doctor Sue Wareham is one of the founders of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
The problem with the Australian governments position is that its two-face, its totally hypocritical, Dr Wareham said. She said Australia argued that allies needed nuclear weapons to protect us but countries like North Korea couldnt have them. We dont have any credibility on the issue if we say we need them ourselves, Dr Wareham said.
The Paris Climate Change Agreement Explained
Christian leaders demand implementation of Paris Agreement ahead of climate change conference http://www.christiandaily.com/article/christian-leaders-demand-implementation-of-paris-agreement-ahead-of-climate-change-conference/61336.htm Lorraine Caballero 22 October, 2017 Christian leaders from various countries have signed a letter demanding action on the Parish Agreement in 2015 as the next phase of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, draws nearer.
Renew Our World, a partnership of several Christian groups, coordinated the letter signed by five Anglican archbishops and several other Christian leaders which called on governments to make good on the promises they released during the Paris Climate Change talks. The partnership said world leaders need to take action on the issue during the COP23 next month or else it will be too late, the Anglican News detailed.
The letter read in part: As Christians across the globe we are calling for action on climate change. The changing climate is causing great damage to people and planet right now, and we are particularly concerned about hunger and poverty hitting the most vulnerable communities, who did least to cause it.
The five archbishops who signed the letter were Philip Freier of Australia; Francisco De Assis Da Silva of Brazil; Thabo Makgoba of South Africa; Albert Chama of Central Africa; and Winston Halapua of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Bishop Jwan Zhumbes of Bukuru in Nigeria and Bishop Robert Innes from the Church of Englands Diocese in Europe also signed t...
Our Future | Business solar projects pay for themselves from day one http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4999405/business-solar-projects-pay-for-themselves-from-day-one/?cs=97,Nathan Henkes 22 Oct 17 Right now, youre paying more money than you need to be for energy. Why? Because of the widely-held misconception that traditional energy is still cheaper than solar.
This misunderstanding is costing everyone from individual shop owners to giant shopping centres significant money through bloated electricity bills. The political argy bargy on energy has distracted from the fact that the price of solar has experienced a historic drop that even the smartest energy experts failed to predict.
The result? Today, virtually every business in regional Australia can save money with solar. Its actually cheaper to borrow money and invest in a solar installation than it is to pay your current energy bills. In many instances, the business case for solar today is 50 to100 per cent stronger than it was just 12 months ago.
Typically, the return on investment is around three years and reputable commercial installers guarantee the system for five years so theres zero risk. Right now, youre paying more money than you need to be for energy. Why? Because of the widely-held misconception that traditional energy is still cheaper than solar....
Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbotts electorates back
50% renewables target
ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy, Guardian, Katharine Murphy, 22 Oct 17 Voters in the electorates held by Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg and Tony Abbott would be more likely to support the governments new energy policy if it ensured Australia had at least 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to a new opinion poll.
Federal parliament is due to resume on Monday for a week which could see the high court deliver its much anticipated verdict on the citizenship cases, and also see Queenslanders heading to a state poll.
The debate over energy policy will also continue throughout the week.
The Turnbull government last...
Victoria Renewable Energy Target written into law, without support of LNP, REneweconomy, By Sophie Vorrath on 23 October 2017 Victoria has become the first state in Australia to have its renewable energy target written into law, after the Labor Andrews governments Renewable Energy (Jobs & Investment) Bill was passed by Parliament on Friday.
State energy minister Lily DAmbrosio said on Friday the governments VRET of 25 per cent renewable energy by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025, had passed the Legislative Council with 20 votes to 18, and despite not winning a single vote from the opposition Coalition party.
The historic vote comes amid growing confusion and concern about what the federal Coaltions National Energy Guarantee means for Australias energy sector, and particularly for the renewable energy industry, with no national renewable energy target in place beyond 2020, and the suggestion development could go backwards under the new plan, resulting in just 28-36 per cent renewables by 2030.
The state governments, in particular, have reacted with frustration to the NEG, which as Giles Parkinson pointed out here on Friday is a decision by the Turnbull government to essentially rely on the same state-based renewables targets it has so often derided as reckless.
All of Australias Labor states and territories have their own renewable energy targets, each of them more ambitious than...
E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/climate/epa-scientists.html WASHINGTON The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved.
Washington Post 20th Oct 2017, The worlds biggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensive source of surplus power. Components of the 20 billion-euro ($24 billion) project are already starting to pile up at a construction site in the south of France, where about 800 scientists plan to test whether they can harness the power that makes stars shine.
Assembly of the machine will start in May. Unlike traditional
nuclear plants that split atoms, the
so-called ITER reactor will fuse them together at temperatures 10-times hotter than the Sun 150 million degrees Celsius (270 million Fahrenheit). Its startling complexity, with more than a million pieces and sponsors in 35 countries, mean questions remain about over whether the reactor will work or if it can deliver electricity at anything like the cost of more traditional forms of clean energy.
With wind-farm developers starting to promise subsidy-free power
by 2025 and electricity demand
stagnating, even the projects supporters are asking whether ITER will ever make sense. Im dubious, said Chris Llewellyn Smith, director of energy research at Oxford University who has spoken in favor of the research project. The cost of wind and solar has come down so rapidly, so the competition has become harder to beat than you could have conceivably imagined a decade ago.
Tamworth Regional Council uranium removal $50,000 more than initial estimate, Northern daily Leader, Jacob McArthur , 22 Oct 17
THE budget for the clean-up of uranium contamination in Bendemeer has blown out by $50,000, with a council report pointing to the lack of available information on removing the chemical from water supplies for the jump.
Elevated levels of uranium were detected in underground drinking water supplies for Kootingal and Bendemeer in October last year.
According to a report to be considered by councillors, the initial estimate of $165,000 to install a uranium removal system at the Airlie Rd bore, didnt cover all of the costs for the clean-up..
Tests revealed the bore had been contaminated since 2015.
Moonbi-Kootingal has been on reticulated town water supplies since September last year, when it was discovered bores supplying water to the villages had elevated levels of uranium. http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/5002668/50000-uranium-clean-up-blow-out/
October 23, 2017: New Zealand Prime Minister-elect, Labours Jacinda Ardern, has said that walking away from the TPP-11 talks is not necessary, although she will push to secure a ban on foreign property speculators. This would mean a change to New Zealands investment schedule in the TPP-11 text. Labour had also previously raised concerns about the inclusion of the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the TPP.
The 2016 select committee report on the original TPP agreement included minority dissents from all three parties in the new New Zealand Coalition government Labour, The Greens, and New Zealand First. At the time, none of the parties supported the ratification of the deal. Labour noted that they had no confidence in the economic benefits of the deal, and called for further modelling on the impacts the TPPA would have on employment and wage distribution. Since the withdrawal of the US from the TPP, there has been no new cost-benefit analysis of the deal, despite calls from critics like Professor Jane Kelsey.
The proposed NZ changes could further complicate talks when the TPP-11 meet in Japan next week to attempt to revive the deal.
The strike by maintenance workers at the Griffin Coal Mining Companys mine in Collie Western Australia has for just over ten weeks now.
This dispute has been going on for more than a year, making this the longest running coalfields dispute , since the Scottish Colliery strike of 1911.
Strikers have survived with the support of the Collie Fighting Fund, which has collected donations from supporters.
The reason for the strike is the companys intention to cut wages by 43 percent and the members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), refused to accept it. Management not been prepared to back down either.
Some part of operations have continued, through the engagement of some contractors. This is seen to be mainly a means to put pressure on the strikers, rather than any hope of maintaining the mine on full operation.
That the Fair Work Commission allows this practice, even under its own bargaining period conditions has not gone unnoticed and fits in with a pattern that has been occurring around Australia. It has been suggested at Collie that this does little to enhance the reputation of the commission, in terms of operating in an even handed way, or minimising the severity or length of industrial disputes.
In this case there is an extra element and that is that Indian based parent company Lanco Infraftec, which took over the Griffin coal Mining company in 2011. It turns out that this company is now being sued for bankruptcy by the Reserve Bank of India, over certain investment decisions concerning bad loans. Lanco is at the head of a list of 12 companies being investigated for $12 billion of lost funds.
A consequence is that the future of the continuation of the Griffin Coal Mining Company and the mine at collie are now been thrown into doubt. This is a blow for the workers and the local community. Facing the need to try and keep the mine operating, where there are few other employment opportunities, the workers have indicated that they are prepared to forego a portion of their wages. But they are still refusing to accept ongoing attempts to downgrade their working conditions.
The union has instigated arbitration proceedings. Unfortunately, a decision is not expected until December at the earliest and this might to too late. The mine might be closed down.
A majority of Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbotts constituents support a 50 per cent renewable energy target and dont believe the federal governments new energy policy will lower their power bills.
Polling conducted by ReachTEL for left-leaning think tank The Australia Institute also found a majority of voters surveyed in Mr Turnbulls electorate of Wentworth and Mr Abbotts Warringah, as well as Energy Minister Josh Frydenbergs Kooyong, supported pricing carbon.
About 60 per cent of respondents in Wentworth and Kooyong said they would be more likely to support the governments new national energy guarantee if it ensured Australia would have at least 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
The figure was slightly lower in Mr Abbotts electorate on Sydneys northern beaches, but almost two thirds of people quizzed in Warringah dont believe power prices will fall under the new plan.
The federal government is confident economic modelling will back up its claim households will save up to $115 a year on their bills.
A majority of voters in Mr Turnbull and Mr Frydenbergs electorate also dont think power prices will decrease as a result of the governments new energy policy, which is again set to dominate debate in Canberra this week.
Under the governments new energy policy, Mr Turnbull ditched Chief Scientist Alan Finkels proposal to have a clean energy target.
Instead, energy retailers would need to meet guarantees on reliability and emissions but how they do it would be up to them.
Labor remain committed to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
The new polling comes after Mr Abbott ramped up his climate change rhetoric and advocated for subsidies for coal-fired power.
Mr Frydenberg said the governments new policy had nothing to do with Tony Abbott.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes ruling coalition was on track for a big election win, media exit polls show, potentially re-energising a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.
Abes Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition was set to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds super majority in the 465-member lower house, an exit poll by TBS television showed.
Some other broadcasters had the ruling bloc slightly below the two-thirds mark.A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will win a third three-year-term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japans longest-serving premier.
It also means his Abenomics growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue.
The US-drafted constitutions Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces.
But Japanese governments have interpreted it to allow a military exclusively for self-defence.
Backers of Abes proposal say it would just codify the status quo.
Critics fear it would allow an expanded role overseas for the military.
The LDPs junior partner, the Komeito, is cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after World War Two, but media have forecast that the LDP and pro-revision opposition parties are on track for the two-thirds majority needed to begin to make changes.
Abe said he needed a new mandate to tackle a national crisis from North Koreas missile and nuclear threats and a fast-ageing population.
He called the poll amid confusion in the opposition camp and an uptick in his ratings, dented earlier in the year by suspected cronyism scandals.
A new conservative party, the Party of Hope, led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was jostling with a new liberal opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, for the top opposition spot, the...
Typhoon Lan and Japan Nuclear Power Stations.
A courageous father has saved his teenage daughter from a rampaging four-metre great white shark off Normanville, declaring that if he'd taken 10 seconds longer, "I'd have one less child". Chris Williams, 56, said his family was kayaking and squidding in the pristine waters of Lady Bay on Sunday. But the perfect afternoon quickly turned into a nightmare when Sarah, 15, alone in a double kayak, was suddenly flung into the air. Sarah said she had been messing around with her brother and singing songs when the attack began. "The next thing I know, a shark was hitting my kayak from below," she said. "It flipped my kayak ... as soon as I hit the water, I saw the fin and the tail and I thought: 'This is like the Jaws movie'." Sarah said her feet touched the shark's body as she scrambled back into her kayak. "I basically used the body weight of the shark to get back up," she said. The ferocious attack left teeth marks on the underside of the kayak. Watching it unfold only metres away in a small aluminium tinny were Mr Williams, his son Mitchell, 22, and daughter Misty, 33.
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Universa Blockchain introduces an innovative technology, the technical details of which need to be explained, like mostly when it comes to brilliant ideas. Sergey Chernov, the technical director of Universa, answers the questions about Universa Blockchain.
Q-Sergey, how is the high speed of Universa Blockchain
A-First of all, it is possible because the architecture of Universa is special, it has nothing in common with Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example. It was created for saving computing resources of the network and the storage for the ledger. There is no mining in Blockchain, the processes of keeping and performing contracts are taken from the nodes to clients.
Q-In what case can the network overload and slowing of the
transactions be expected? Do you have a plan of action if that
A-The network overload is possible primarily because of network channels overload and also if the nods platform equipment is not powerful enough. Three stages of upgrading the nodes in the network are provided, while the last stage assumes almost unlimited scaling on capacity. The network is scaled not by increasing the number of nodes but by enhancing each of the nodes, which can have a an arbitrary number of servers for the parallel processing of transactions.
Q-Lets suppose Blockchain was hacked, access to what information
may be gained by a hacker?
A-In this case the hacker will only get information on signatures and their expiration dates for the last blocks in every certified chain and also to the last blocks of chains which have been processed recently or in the last few hours. Chains are not kept on nodes.
If the hacker has broken into the...
Michal Cizek, AFP | Czech billionaire Andrej Babis (L), chairman of the ANO movement (YES) and his wife Monika smile at ANO headquarter after Czech elections on October 21, 2017 in Prague.
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The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis won the Czech Republics parliamentary election Saturday. The vote shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister.
With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament.
Its a huge success, the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague.
Babis is the countrys second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station.
Although he was a finance minister in the outgoing government until May, many Czechs see him as a maverick outsider with the business acumen to shake up the system. With slogans claiming he can easily fix the countrys problems, he is, for some, the Czech answer to U.S. President Donald Trump.
Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the countrys next leader despite being linked to several scandals, including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies.
The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority. He didnt immediately say which parties he preferred but has invited all parties that won seats in parliament for talks.
In a blow to the countrys political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday had challenged the traditional political mainstream. Some have exploited fears of immigration and Islam and have been attacking the countrys memberships in the EU and...
Walkers to the Kosciuszko National Park are presumed to have inadvertently introduced seeds of Orange Hawkweed, an evasive and noxious weed that has devastated ecology in New Zealand and the United States. Orange hawkweed has become a noxious weed in Kosciuszko National Park, threatening Australian native plants and biodiversity. The orange hawkweed control programme by 
With so much coming out about the HPV vaccine
it should be taken off the market. Why is this still even an
Jasmin Soriat, a 19-year-old student from Vienna, suffered neurological symptoms after having her second dose of the controversial human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
As if things were not bad enough, she ended up suffering from respiratory failure three weeks later and lost her life.
This is one of the hundreds of documented deaths surrounding the HPV vaccine. Adverse reactions seem to follow this drug no matter where it goes.
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