Monday, March 13, 2023

Understanding Transboundary Haze in Southeast Asia - Vladimir Putin's cellist


 “Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good.” 

 Ricky Gervais

Australian PM Albanese to meet Biden in US after India trip, submarine deal expected Channel News Asia. Journamalism

Seasonality in the Anthropocene: Understanding Transboundary Haze in Southeast Asia London School of Economics. Handy map:

Bangkok residents told to mask up, avoid outdoor activities as air pollution worsens Straits Times. Amusingly, anti-maskers not only want people to die from Covid, they want them to die from PM2.5-caused cancer as well.

Four bankers have appeared in a Swiss court charged with helping to hide tens of millions of francs on behalf of Vladimir Putin.

The men, who had senior roles at the Swiss branch of Russia’s Gazprombank, are accused of helping Sergei Roldugin – a close friend of the Russian president who has been described as “Putin’s wallet” – to move millions through Swiss bank accounts without the proper due diligence checks.

Four bankers in Switzerland accused of helping to hide Putin’s millions Swiss national and three Russians appear in court in connection with accounts in name of Putin’s friend Sergei Roldugin

Silicon Valley Is Destroying the World(transcript) The New Republic. The deck: “How Stanford University turned optimization into the global capitalist creep

‘Dehumanization Is Taking Place With AI’: Italian Dubbers Go on Strike to Demand ‘Human’ Working Conditions Amid Digital Disruption Variety

In AI, is bigger always better? Nature

Why are they going after labour hire? McKinsey is the same as us.’

Labour hire companies are being unfairly targeted by the Albanese government’s “same job, same pay” policy, says WorkPac, which specialises in recruitment for mining jobs, construction, engineering, and oil and gas jobs.

Echoing mining behemoth BHP, which on Tuesday launched a broadside against the proposed reform, WorkPac chief executive Hamish Griffin said a plethora of organisations, such as professional services companies, strategy consultants and engineering companies, had the same business model as WorkPac. They all contracted people temporarily to clients who required tasks to be performed.