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Vocational training needs reform: report

The Productivity Commission has released its final report into the national skills agreement, with fresh calls to overhaul vocational education and training.


Loeffler's WNBA stint nears end as Dream close to being sold

Loeffler's WNBA stint nears end as Dream close to being sold


Biden's cabinet picks say US to stand against China trade abuses

President-elect Joe Biden's picks to lead economic and foreign policy signaled on Tuesday that there would be no letup in Washington's efforts to combat China's trade abuses. The comments from the incoming administration reflect an unusual area of common ground with outgoing President Donald Trump, who over the past four years unleashed an aggressive and costly trade war that imposed billions of dollars in punitive tariffs on Chinese goods....


Universal Credit: What you need to know about the monthly boost debate

Earlier in the week, the Government lost a 'vote' 278 to 0 on the issue of extending a £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit, which is currently due to expire at the end of the current tax year in April.


U.S. Treasury yields hold ground after Biden inauguration

U.S. Treasury yields struggled for direction Wednesday after Joe Biden was inaugurated as U.S. President, leaving investors to turn their focus on his administration's priorities.


Workers in demand as home building blooms

Skilled vacancies advertised on the internet have grown for eight consecutive months after hitting a record low last April.


The Guardian view on Brexit and bureaucracy: the cost of absurdity

Among the various grievances that led to Britain’s departure from the European Union, resentment of worker protections was not dominant for most voters. But it was a point of urgency among many Conservative MPs, for whom freedom to deregulate was the purpose of Brexit. That is what they meant by regaining sovereignty: emancipation from rules that, in Eurosceptic demonology, suffocate enterprise and limit prosperity. In that ideological...


Saga requires all cruise passengers to have coronavirus vaccine

Saga has become the first UK tour operator to tell cruise and holiday customers that they must be vaccinated to travel with them this summer. The over-50s travel firm, which has reported a surge in bookings since the vaccination programme was announced, is taking reservations on condition that customers are fully inoculated, with two shots where necessary, at least 14 days before departure. Passengers will also need to take a Covid test at the...


From Facebook to News Corp: here are the 5 most interesting submissions to Kevin Rudd's media diversity inquiry so far

After a public campaign led by Kevin Rudd for a royal commission into media diversity in Australia, the Senate agreed to establish an inquiry late last year.


Economists predict further jobless drop

Economists expect 50,000 people gained employment in December, pushing the jobless rate down further to 6.7 per cent from 6.8 per cent.


Bank of England's Bailey expects 'pronounced recovery' for economy

Bank of England's Bailey expects 'pronounced recovery' for economy


UK government rejects 'musician passports' as stars attack 'shameful' touring deal

The UK government will not pursue a waiver scheme that would allow British musicians to tour the EU without the need for visas, customs waivers and work permits for each individual member state. The announcement comes as more than 100 artists including Sting, Bob Geldof and Elton John have signed an open letter published in the Times on Wednesday, calling on the government to negotiate paperwork-free travel for British musicians touring in...


Don't read too much into the fall in Australia's payroll jobs, at least not yet

The latest release of the payroll jobs index showing a 6% fall in jobs in the past month might suggest that unemployment is about to rise. But closer inspection reveals that despite the usual drop in work in January, employment overall is holding up well. However, full-time work still has a way to go. Since the pandemic, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has, in association with the ATO, begun releasing a weekly payroll job index that has...


Trump pardons engineer who stole Google trade secrets

A former Google engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing secrets from its self-driving car program was among those pardoned by Donald Trump on his last day in the White House. Several years later Levandowski began thinking of leaving Google for another self-driving endeavor that was eventually named "Otto," the plea deal said.


Global markets gain ground as Biden is inaugurated

World stock markets rose Wednesday as Joe Biden took the oath of office, in part owing to the new US president's coronavirus stimulus proposal. - 'Trump, Brexit in rear view mirror' - "European markets... (are) looking forward with optimism, with Joe Biden's inauguration marking the end of a four-year period that married up both Brexit and global trade uncertainty," commented IG analyst Joshua Mahony.


v2food has launched the next iteration of its plant-based meat product: sausages

v2food has released the next iteration of plant-based meat products. The company is rolling out v2sausages in Coles supermarkets this week for a limited time.


A new generation of digital payday lenders are springing up in Australia as demand for short-term loans surges

A new breed of digital payday lenders are popping up in Australia, with the lending niche growing five times larger in just 12 months. Joining an array of app-based competitors, the Commonwealth Bank is offering its own pay advance feature to customers.


Barley finds a home in Mexico as CBH sends first shipment from WA

Despite the trade tensions with China and the massive tariff imposed on barley exports there, there are some good signs for grain growers on international markets.


Liberal MP Warren Entsch says many businesses will need government aid after JobKeeper

Federal Government backbencher Warren Entsch says many businesses will need financial assistance beyond March when JobKeeper ends and is confident more support measures will be announced.


Shoppers rave about this £7 posture corrector for back pain

While there are many products on the market claiming to help improve posture and relieve back pain, shoppers have crowned the Gearari Posture Corrector the best at preventing poor sitting...


Banks pressuring customers to make unrealistic loan repayments as deferrals end

As a pause on home loan repayments begins to lift, banks are asking customers to make large lump sums or add $1,000 a month to their repayments to clear up what they owe in arrears.


People's Choice Credit Union customers angered by outages and slow online banking

A system upgrade is being blamed for leaving tens of thousands of Australians without access to their online bank accounts.


South Australia's recycling industry to be bolstered by up to $45 million

South Australia's "circular economy" of recycled waste is set to receive a $45 million infrastructure injection following a joint announcement by the Federal and State governments today.


Argentina approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for over-60s

Argentina approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for over-60s


Lidl offers $200 extra pay to U.S. employees who get COVID-19 vaccine, joining Aldi and others

German supermarket chain Lidl will give U.S. employees $200 in extra pay if they get a COVID-19 vaccine, the company said on Wednesday, becoming the latest employer to offer such incentives.


'Australia's largest energy class action' filed against Queensland power companies accused of driving up prices illegally

The law firm leading a major class action involving more than 47,000 people is looking for more people to register for reimbursement as it alleges two of the state's biggest power players artificially created a lack of supply to drive up prices.


Dixons Carphone boss says company is 'winning online'

The retail giant said the share of digital purchases doubled year-on-year in the ten weeks to January 9 to constitute more than half (53 per cent) of its overall electricals sales.


Fearne Cotton struggling to recover from 'four seconds of sleep'

The broadcaster, 39, took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to detail her challenges with maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


GM teams up with Microsoft as electric car market revs

General Motors announced an alliance Tuesday with Microsoft on its Cruise autonomous driving venture, combining forces to challenge Tesla and others in an electric car market expected to rev with Joe Biden's environment-friendly administration in the White House. The companies have established "a long-term strategic relationship," and Microsoft will join GM, Honda and institutional investors in a new $2 billion equity investment round, GM and...


Wild lynx could be reintroduced into Scottish Highlands

A consortium of conservationists that hopes to release wild lynx into the Scottish Highlands has launched a year-long study to see whether the public supports their reintroduction. The study, part-funded by two billionaire Danish estate owners in the Highlands, Anders Povlsen and Lisbet Rausing, will test whether farmers, landowners and rural communities will agree to a pilot project in a remote area of Scotland. The lynx, Europe’s largest...


Homelessness crisis looms as Western Australia's coronavirus rental moratorium due to expire

Western Australia is set to see increased levels of insecure housing and homelessness due to rental hikes of up to 20 per cent after the state's moratorium ends, Anglicare warns.


P&G sees strong sales trends extending beyond pandemic

Procter & Gamble reported another quarter of strong sales growth Wednesday and expressed confidence it would keep up the good run after the coronavirus pandemic has waned. P&G, which makes Mr. Clean, Tide, Pampers and other household goods, lifted its full-year profit and sales targets after scoring an eight percent sales jump in the second quarter.


U.S. consumer watchdog director resigns at request of Biden administration

U.S. consumer watchdog director resigns at request of Biden administration


SA to launch its own satellite in 2022

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has announced plans for the state to launch its own satellite into a low-earth orbit next year.


BHP raises iron ore production estimate

BHP has increased the quantity of iron ore it expects to produce this fiscal year, following the restart of an operation in Brazil.


U.S. and Canada underestimating climate risk from abandoned oil and gas wells: study

U.S. and Canada underestimating climate risk from abandoned oil and gas wells: study


Surge in summer holiday bookings thanks to the over-50s

Holiday bookings from the over-50s, who are likely anticipating being able to travel after having the coronavirus vaccine, is giving a much-needed boost to the industry.


These are the 15 jobs on the rise in Australia in 2021, according to data from LinkedIn

LinkedIn has revealed the jobs on the rise in Australia in 2021. These include mental health specialist roles and jobs in cybersecurity. It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the employment landscape in Australia, causing a drop in demand across tourism but a spike across digital content.


What the Trump Scoreboard says about the economy of the past four years

MarketWatch's Trump Scoreboard kept track of the economy during the 45th president's four-year term.


‘Harmful outcomes’: The US has urged Australia to ditch its plan to force Facebook and Google to pay for news

US trade representatives say Australia's draft media bargaining code is "fundamentally unbalanced", with consequences that could "significantly harm Australian consumers".


The federal government is singing praises for its $2 billion HomeBuilder scheme as data shows a boom for the construction industry

The commencement of new private sector housing projects jumped 4% over the September quarter of 2020, with the value of major home alterations and additions climbing by 6.4%.


Burberry's sales in China surge as lockdown restrictions are eased

The luxury chain fared well in China and Korea, and the Asia Pacific region saw sales climb 11 per cent as lockdown restrictions in these areas were eased.


Netflix keeps growing in pandemic, tops 200 mn subscribers

Netflix on Tuesday topped subscriber growth expectations in the past quarter, keeping ahead of new streaming rivals competing for viewers stuck in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. The streaming television leader added some 8.5 million paid subscribers in the quarter to reach 203 million, topping 200 million despite recent price hikes, its quarterly earning update showed. "Covid-19 has accelerated that big shift from linear to...


Stock-market bulls are fooling themselves over the risk of a bear market while the economy keeps growing

There's another trigger for big declines in the stock market beyond economic recession.


'Absolute carnage': EU hauliers reject UK jobs over Brexit rules

A British freight company director with more than over 20 years experience has told how EU hauliers and transport companies are turning their backs on UK business because they are being asked to provide tens of thousands of pounds in guarantees to cover VAT or potential tariffs on arrival in Britain. The financial guarantee requirement did not exist before Brexit and EU transport companies who previously provided a shipping service for small and...


Stock market scores trifecta of record high closes as Biden becomes 46th U.S. president

The U.S. stock market finished at all-time highs on the Inauguration Day of Joe Biden, who takes the reins of presidency from Donald Trump after a tumultuous four-year term capped by the onset of a economically debillitating pandemic. Biden is expected to spend briskly to help the economy rebound as deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed 400,000 a day ago, with the spread accelerating amid an attempt at distributing effective vaccines for...


No discussion at BoE about cutting rates below zero - Bailey

No discussion at BoE about cutting rates below zero - Bailey


Here are the best market calls and some dark horse stocks of a turbulent 2020

They called the selloff and the bounce, and they picked stocks no one was looking at. These are the best market calls of 2020. From here, we'll speak to some of the best forecasters about what they see in 2021.


Aust shares higher before Biden era begins

Australia's share market has closed higher, as attention turns to the swearing in of US president-elect Joe Biden and his economic stimulus plan.


Europe greets Biden’s inauguration with relief and muted hopes

The EU and the U.S. may not agree on how to deal with and regulate the power and influence of big U.S. tech companies such as Facebook or Google.