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  • California sets rules for self-drive cars

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    California regulators have unveiled a roadmap that would let consumers begin using self-driving cars.

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    But manufacturers would have to prove the emerging technology is safe before a licensed driver could get chauffeured around town.

    The approach California’s Department of Motor Vehicles offered on Wednesday in precedent-setting draft regulations is cautious, though it does allow that Californians could be behind the wheel of a self-driving car by 2017.

    Among other safety-related requirements, the cars must have a steering wheel, and a licensed driver must be ready to take over if the machine fails.

    Google, which is pushing to get cars without a steering wheel or pedals to consumers, expressed “grave disappointment” with the rules, which the tech giant said would slow deployment of technology with huge life-saving potential.

    Though no manufacturer has said it thinks the cars are ready just yet, at least a dozen are developing the technology. Google has suggested a model could be ready for limited use sooner than the public expects.

    In September, the safety chief of its self-driving car project, Ron Medford, said the technology is “close to working pretty damn well”.

    Under California’s framework, manufacturers would receive a permit for three years, during which time consumers could lease the cars but manufacturers would be required to keep tabs on how safely they are driving and report that performance to the state.

    Drivers would need special, manufacturer-provided training, then get a special certification on their licenses. If a car breaks the law, the driver would be responsible.

    Google spokesman Johnny Luu said the company was “gravely disappointed” by the draft regulations.

    “Safety is our highest priority and primary motivator as we do this,” he said in a written statement.

  • Richardson set to lead Strikers BBL attack

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Adelaide Strikers paceman Kane Richardson says he’s ready to embrace the pressure of bowling at the death in the Big Bash League.

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    The big seamer is likely to be called upon in the late overs in the Strikers’ season-opening clash with Melbourne Stars on Friday night at Adelaide Oval.

    Richardson says he’s confident he and fellow spearhead Ben Laughlin will deliver for the Strikers after notching up a combined 23 wickets in last year’s campaign.

    “Everyone remembers the last over,” he said on Thursday.

    “That’s what your career is made on, those moments. You’ve got to embrace it. Having Benny Laughlin at the other end takes the pressure off because he’s so good at what he does.”

    The Strikers will have to make do without veteran quick Shaun Tait, who has signed with the Hobart Hurricanes, and Gary Putland, ruled out for the season with a calf injury.

    English spinner Adil Rashid has been named in the side’s 13-man squad alongside untried ACT paceman Greg West.

    Former Sri Lanka Test captain Mahela Jayawardene has bolstered the side’s batting lineup in the absence of injured West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard.

    With the Stars boasting the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner in their 13-man squad, Richardson said the Strikers weren’t daunted by their rival’s star-power.

    “If one player has a good night, you win the game,” he said.

    “(Strikers wicketkeeper) Tim Ludeman last year against this team won the game off his own bat.

    “We’ve changed the team a lot but I think we’ve still got a lot of players who are capable of having a good night and winning the game.”

    Ludeman smashed the fastest ever BBL half-century last time the Strikers faced the Stars, hitting 50 off 18 balls on his way to an unbeaten 92.

    Strikers 13-man squad: Brad Hodge, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Mahela Jayawardene, Hamish Kingston, Ben Laughlin, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Craig Simmons, Greg West

    Stars 13-man squad: David Hussey, Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa

  • Facebook partners with Uber via Messenger

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Facebook Inc says it is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the ride-hailing app.

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    Uber is the first partner for the Transportation on Messenger service, which will be available to select users in locations where Uber operates in the United States, Facebook said in a blog post.

    Uber on Messenger will start rolling out in the United States on Wednesday, Uber said in a blog post.

    Lyft, a rival ride-hailing service provider, will be added to Transportation on Messenger in January, sources close to Lyft told Reuters.

    Users can hail a ride in the latest version of Messenger by choosing “transportation” from a menu or by tapping on a car icon within a chat.

    “Facebook is looking at this as a way to make Messenger more attractive,” Thilo Koslowski, vice-president and automotive practice leader of Gartner said.

    He said the service provides a “huge market place” for Uber.

    Facebook has been aggressively working to boost the appeal of its messenger service, including making it mandatory last year for users to install a separate app to send and receive messages.

    Since then, Facebook has beefed up the app’s features by allowing users to send and receive money through Messenger.

    Still, the internet giant is playing catch up with Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd’s messaging app WeChat, which has offered similar services much earlier.

    Facebook’s shares closed up 2.1 per cent at $US106.97 on Wednesday amid a broad rally on Wall Street.

  • CBA reviews more files in advice scandal

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The Commonwealth Bank is expanding its review of financial advisers to determine if more customers need to be compensated for receiving dodgy advice.

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    The bank has been carrying out a wide-ranging review of its financial planning arms after more than 1,100 customers lost their savings due to poor advice.

    The corporate regulator on Thursday said while a new report by forensic accountants KordaMethna found reasonable steps were taken to identify who needed compensation, the review needs expanding.

    As a result, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has ordered the bank to review client files of 17 financial advisers to determine whether they lost money due to bad advice.

    “If any of their clients are found to have lost money as a result of inappropriate advice, they will be compensated in a process overseen by KordaMentha Forensic,” ASIC said.

    The bank’s Commonwealth Financial Planning and Financial Wisdom have been working since 2012 to identify issues with dodgy advice.

    Commonwealth Bank wealth management executive Annabel Spring said six files would be examined in the expanded review.

    “We will now work with ASIC and KordaMentha Forensic to complete the further reviews,” she said.

    “If any customer received poor advice that resulted in financial loss, we apologise and will compensate them.”

    The bank began warning customers in 2014 they may have received poor advice and that an internal review was underway.

    But a report released by KordaMentha in April this year criticised the bank’s response to the scandal as deficient and inconsistent.

    The bank then offered up to $14 million to victims to have their cases independently reviewed.

    That offer came on top of $52 million the bank had already paid to victims of high-risk advisers, the first case of repayments in a financial planning scandal that has also engulfed Macquarie Group, National Australia Bank and ANZ.

    ASIC commissioned KordaMentha to carry out three reports into the bank’s response to its financial advice failures.

    In its latest report, KordaMentha found that the bank’s financial planning arms took reasonable steps to identify high-risk advisers and customers who needed compensation.

    However KordaMentha questioned the processes used to discover whether a group of potentially high-risk advisers should have been included in the compensation program.

    KordaMentha’s third and final report is due in 2016.

  • Women under-represented on Q&A: report

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    A review into the ABC program Q&A recommends the show be broadcast from more locations across Australia and include more women.

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    Former SBS managing director Shaun Brown and TV journalist Ray Martin have found the show is “a responsible, professional production”, but there is an under-representation of female panellists.

    Broadcasting almost all shows from Sydney also undermines the program’s claim to represent “democracy in action”, the pair concluded in the editorial review, released on Thursday.

    Mr Brown and Mr Martin recommend the Monday program be simulcast on ABC News 24 to ensure national participation on the program’s social media platforms in equal measure.

    They say more questions should be sourced from Twitter and Facebook and care should be exercised in the selection of comments displayed in the Twitter stream at the bottom of the screen.

    “To ensure negativity towards politics in general and in particular to the government of the day are not disproportionately represented,” they say.

    Other recommendations include:

    * Invite more conservative leaning overseas guests.

    * Introduce questioners with more background.

    * Agree and publish a set of program principles.

    The pair said the program principles were not recommended with the intention of “shackling” the show.

    “But rather to free it from the sort of ill-informed criticism it has received based on an assumption that the program operates in an arbitrary manner,” they said.

    “We believe Q&A has nothing to fear, and much to gain, by offering transparency of process and protocols to all its stakeholders.”

    ABC Chairman James Spigelman welcomed the review, which analysed the show over the first half of 2015.

    “The review recognises the value of Q&A and finds no breaches of the ABC’s standards of impartiality,” he said.

    “Mr Brown and Mr Martin have made constructive points about the programs in relation to gender balance of the panel, diversity of perspectives, program principles and the desirability of filming in locations outside Sydney.” The program was already set to move to the news division early next year and Mr Spigelman said news management will develop a detailed response to the recommendations.

    Coalition backbencher Eric Abetz said the “hand-picked reviewers” offered “no solutions to the bias displayed by the program, in particular towards conservative parliamentarians”.

    It also failed to consider events around the controversial appearance earlier this year of Zaky Mallah.

    Senator Abetz said the “lettuce-leaf review” was a waste of taxpayers’ money and he vowed to pursue the matter at Senate estimates in February.

    He also took a swipe at outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott.

    “Hopefully the next ABC managing director will be better focused on ensuring balanced programming than running a protection racket for poor decision making,” he said.

  • Fed delivers Xmas cheer for investors

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Australian shares rallied for a second straight day as investors welcomed the first rise in US interest rates in almost a decade.

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    The ASX jumped 1.5 per cent on top of two per cent increase on Wednesday, raising hopes that the battered S&P/ASX200 will finish the year close to its 2014 closing level of 5,411.

    “We’ve got positive momentum now,” said CMC Markets chief market strategist Michael McCarthy.

    “We will build towards the top of the trading range and we’ll finish somewhere between 5,300 and 5,400.”

    Inspired by a positive Wall St response to the US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25 percentage points from near zero, the local bourse soared nearly two per cent during Thursday’s session.

    Healthcare, utilities and IT stocks led the drive up, while the telcos and financials also performed strongly.

    Telstra ended two per cent higher, while the big four banks also rose by a similar level.

    The gains add to hopes that the market will enjoy a Santa Claus rally before investors unwrap their presents on Christmas Day.

    “Markets had been on tenterhooks ahead of this Fed’s meeting and now that’s out of the way I think investors have realised that the hike’s not as bad as been feared,” said AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.

    “They’ve realised it’s a sign that the US ecosystem is stronger, and future hikes by the Fed will be gradual and conditional on continued improvement in the US economy.”

    Dr Oliver said buyers could now pile into the discounted Australian market, which saw massive sell-offs in August and October.

    “Compared to alternative investments like cash and bonds, the sharemarket is quite cheap,” he said.

    He said year-end salary bonuses and a feeling of Christmas spirit coupled with the tapering off in share volumes would all help drive the buying enthusiasm.

  • SA to post record December heatwave

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Adelaide is on track to post a record December heatwave with four consecutive days topping 40C.

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    Such a stretch of extreme heat has never before been recorded in December, the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed.

    In January 2009 Adelaide had six days above 40C and four above 43C during a heatwave that lasted 16 days.

    On Wednesday the mercury reached 41.1C, topped 42C on Thursday and is forecast to reach similar highs on Friday and Saturday before a cool changes sweeps through South Australia on Sunday.

    The scorching conditions prompted warnings from health authorities for people to take particular care of the elderly and the very young who were most vulnerable.

    SA Health chief medical officer Paddy Phillips said so far only a handful of people had presented to local hospitals with heat-related issues.

    “Heat can be a killer and we don’t want to see that,” he said.

    The SA Ambulance Service said its workload had not increased so far, but that was expected to change as the heatwave continued.

    The Red Cross also began calling about 1000 vulnerable people to check on their wellbeing.

    If calls go unanswered or if a person is in distress, emergency services will be contacted.

    The extreme conditions are the result of a stationary high in the Tasman Sea which is pushing hot air from central Australia down into SA.

    “It’s ground to a stop and it’s pouring the inland heat down across our state,” Bureau of Meteorology acting regional director John Nairn said.

    “It’s sitting there and it’s unrelenting.”

    Fortunately for the state an end is in sight, with the latest forecast models confirming the change early Sunday morning.

    But Mr Nairn said the extreme conditions could return until the onset of the northern monsoon which would act to cool inland soils.

    In other responses to the heat, Adelaide Metro warned the heat could damage train lines or force trains to go slow, impacting schedules and services.

    The city’s airconditioned central bus station was to remain open 24 hours a day to offer some people relief.

    TRACKING THE TEMPERATURE IN ADELAIDE ON THURSDAY:

    *6am: 25.0

    *7am: 25.4

    *8am: 31.8

    *9am: 34.9

    *10am: 37.3

    *11am: 38.5

    *12pm: 39.9

    *1pm: 41.2

    *2pm: 42.1

    *3pm: 41.4

    *3:55pm: 42.9 (max)

    *4pm: 42.1

  • More than 100 charged over Vic jail riot

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    About 40 prisoners will be the first people in Victoria charged with sabotage for their role in a jail riot sparked by a smoking ban in the state’s prisons.

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    They are among more than 100 current and former inmates to be charged over the violence at the Melbourne Remand Centre in Ravenhall, which began on June 30, the day before the smoking ban took effect.

    That includes 13 former inmates who were arrested on Thursday and will be charged on summons over their alleged role in the riot, which caused up to $12 million damage.

    The arrests follow investigation by Taskforce Gallium, formed the day after the riot, which gathered more than 300 witness statements and viewed hours of CCTV footage to identify the rioters, many of whom were disguised.

    Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana say all will be charged with riot, with about 40 to be charged with sabotage and others face offences such as criminal damage.

    Sabotage offences were introduced by the Victorian government in 2003 as an anti-terror measure.

    Another six former inmates will be arrested in coming days, but most accused are still in custody.

    “I think this is a bit of a wake up to those contemplating something like this in the future,” Mr Fontana said.

    “I think some of the people looking at those charges will be quite nervous.”

    Prisoners broke doors and furniture, set fires and torched bedding, wrecked staff areas and smashed toilet bowls and basins before heavily armed police quelled the 12-hour uprising early on July 1.

    Inmates remained in lockdown for more than two months as riot damage was repaired.

    Precautionary lockdowns, or other restricted regimes, were put in place at other big prisons to prevent copycat flare-ups.

    WHAT IS SABOTAGE?

    Damaging a public facility by committing a property offence or by causing an unauthorised computer function.

    Offenders will be deemed to have intended to cause major disruption to government functions; or major disruption to the use of services by the public; or major economic loss.

    MELBOURNE REMAND CENTRE RIOT BY THE NUMBERS

    Damage bill: up to $12m

    Arrests: 13 on Thursday, six to come

    Police involved in arrests: around 50

    Total number to be charged; more than 100

    Sabotage charges: about 40

    Witness statements collected: more than 300

    Source: Victoria Police

  • Info fail caused fire deaths: Vic coroner

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    No operations officer had enough information to know to pull two Victorian firefighters out of danger while they were battling a bushfire in a remote Alpine region, an inquest has found.

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    Steven Kadar, 34, and Katie Peters, 19, were back burning part of the Harrietville bushfire on February 13, 2013, when a giant alpine ash tree fell on their truck and killed them.

    The inquest into their deaths was previously told they could have been pulled out of Pheasants Creek Track if the operations manager had known a storm cell was approaching.

    Coroner John Olle said on Thursday the purpose of his inquiry was to identify areas for improvement not attribute blame but he couldn’t reasonably criticise those who were in charge.

    He found there was sufficient information available for Incident Control Centre staff to act but “not one person was in possession of all the fragments”.

    “I find that each of these individuals expressed reasonable judgment with the information available to them,” Mr Olle said.

    Sector Commander Michael Ritchie, Deputy Operations Officer Brian Leith McKenzie, Divisional Commander Craig Hore and Incident Controller Anthony Long could not reasonably be criticised for not withdrawing Mr Kadar and Ms Peters that day, Mr Olle said.

    “In hindsight, I find the system failed to ensure all available information was collated and considered as a whole, by ground and operational managers,” he said.

    “However, I am unable to find that, if the information had been collated, the decision to withdraw fire crews would have been made clearer.”

    Mr Olle said it was not reasonable to expect even an experienced firefighter to have marked the tree in question as hazardous because of its position on the down slope about 25 metres from the track.

    Mr Olle made 10 recommendations, including designing fire trucks better able to withstand falling trees, and to avoid sending firefighters into alpine ash forests unless absolutely necessary.

    Australian Workers Union Secretary Ben Davies said workers should always leave when they feel in danger.

    “It’s not about weighing up risks: it’s about saying this is a place you shouldn’t be, you need to go right now and you don’t need managerial approval to do that,” he told reporters on Thursday.

  • ATO has powers to hunt tax dodgers:O’Dwyer

    Date: 2019.05.19 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    New ATO figures show that more than a third of all large public and foreign companies in Australia with an income of $100 million or more paid no tax last year.

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    The ATO’s tax transparency report released on Thursday published the names of the 579 firms which paid no tax.

    Among them are Qantas Airways, which earned $14.9 billion, ExxonMobil Australia ($9.617 billion), Virgin Australia ($4.3 billion) and General Motors Australia ($4.138 billion).

    Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said just because some entities haven’t paid tax doesn’t mean they are avoiding their tax obligations.

    “There are some reasons why it would be some companies are not paying tax at all, particularly in circumstances where there might be losses,” she said.

    The report does not specify the circumstances of each company, but tax is usually paid on profits after paying all expenses including wages, machinery and equipment replacement, supplier costs, fleet costs and other operating expenses.

    The report also says the economic impact of the global financial crisis, followed by the worst world recession since WWII, has been costly and long-lasting, with effects still being seen in 2013/14.

    Tax commissioner Chris Jordan believed it is a step forward in improving corporate tax transparency.

    “Most large corporates, particularly domestic Australian companies, meet their tax obligations, notwithstanding that we do have some significant disputes with some of them,” he said in statement.

    But Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was not impressed, describing the results as “remarkable”, coming at a time when the government in this week’s mid-year budget changed the bulk billing arrangements for cancer payments.

    “Why is the Turnbull government hard on patients and soft on large companies?” Mr Shorten said.

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand raised concerns about “naming and shaming” the tax arrangements of big business.

    The group’s tax leader Michael Croker said it appears tax morality concerns have outweighed the privacy principle.

    “Name and shame reporting will add to the disclosure costs of those companies which seek to mitigate the reputational damage of ill-informed reporting,” he said.

    Business Council of Australia boss Jennifer Westacott said the report was an important input to the transparency and integrity of the tax system, but agreed the data should be interpreted carefully.

    “Many small and medium sized businesses, in particular, do not make a profit in a given year, and even large businesses go through cycles where profits from large investments take time to be realised,” she said.

    The Minerals Council of Australia also stepped in before the ATO released its report, releasing a commissioned survey by Deloitte Access Economics that shows the mining sector paid nearly half of every dollar of profit as royalties and company tax in 2013/14.

    Top ten Australian companies paying no tax

    Firms are listed in descending order, alongside 2013/14 annual 

    income.

    Qantas Airways, earned 14.9 billionGHP 104 160 689 Pty Ltd, earned $11.731 billionExxonMobil Australia, earned $9.617 billionLend Lease Corporation, earned $7.683 billionCitic Resources, earned $5.051 billionMitsubishi Development, earned $4.615 billionGlencore Investment, earned $4.612 billionHope Downs Marketing, earned $4.445 billionVirgin Australia, earned $4.3 billionGeneral Motors Australia, earned $4.138 billion

    (Source: ATO)

    Why some companies don’t pay taxTaxable income may be $0 depending on impact of “adjustments” such as income not being assessable under tax law, expenses being tax-deductible and tax losses being carried forward.Tax payable is reduced by tax offsets such as franking credits for dividends received and credit for foreign taxes paid.Special rules apply to calculate tax paid by some companies, such as insurance firms.