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Pour autoriser Verizon Media et nos partenaires à traiter vos données personnelles, sélectionnez 'J'accepte' ou 'Gérer les paramètres' pour obtenir plus d’informations et pour gérer vos choix. China’s endgame with Australia: What does China want from Australia? The dramatic escalation of tension between Australia and China this week has raised questions about what China’s endgame is.

China’s endgame with Australia: What does China want from Australia?

Relations dropped to a new low on Monday after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted a “repugnant” fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife at the throat of an Afghan child, drawing condemnation from Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The provocative act shocked Australians and comes after a series of Chinese trade decisions against Australian products. China has introduced huge tariffs of up to 212 per cent on Australian wines for alleged dumping and 80 per cent tariffs on barley, as well as suspending barley imports over allegations of pests. New trade agreement could be a boon for Australia’s industrial property market. A recently signed trade agreement between 15 Asia-Pacific countries, representing the largest trading bloc in the world, could have positive flow-on effects for Australia’s commercial property industry, according to one analyst.

New trade agreement could be a boon for Australia’s industrial property market

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), signed on November 15 at a virtual ASEAN summit hosted by Vietnam, includes signatories such as Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. Once ratified, the agreement aims to eliminate up to 90 per cent of tariffs on imports between signatories as well as reduce the red tape associated with setting up a business in another country and create a common set of export rules across the 15 countries.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions to work from home — and the office will never be the same - ABC News. Hours of video-conferencing, long queues at suburban coffee shops and packed lunchtime bike paths; for millions of Australia's workers, 2020 has been very different.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions to work from home — and the office will never be the same - ABC News

Key points: Workers are slowly returning to the office after months of working from homeThe change has prompted some businesses to structure their work days differently, including by imposing forced breaks away from the computerWorking from home is likely to continue for some businesses when the pandemic is over People who toil in offices at computers but can do their work remotely — about 40 per cent of the workforce — were sent home in March to stop the spread of coronavirus. Many will stay there permanently. Battery recycling breakthrough bolsters case against heavy metals. The majority of today’s lithium batteries use a rare and expensive metal called cobalt as part of the cathode component, but mining this material comes at a great cost to the environment.

Battery recycling breakthrough bolsters case against heavy metals

One of the greener alternatives is known as lithium ion phosphate, and a new breakthrough could boost the eco-credentials of this cathode material even further by restoring it to its original condition once it is spent, using just a fraction of the energy of current approaches. The research was carried out by nanoengineers at the University of California (UC) San Diego, and focuses on recycling techniques for batteries with cathodes made from lithium iron phosphate. By doing away with heavy metals such as nickel and cobalt, these types of batteries can help avoid the degradation of landscapes and water supplies where these materials are mined, along with the exposure of workers to dangerous conditions.

5 items you didn't know you could buy online - 9Honey. The internet is amazing.

5 items you didn't know you could buy online - 9Honey

It's given us TikTok, the Brad and Jen reunion and – we'll be forever grateful – Grumpy Cat. It's also brought us the magic of online shopping – and if "add to cart" is your love language, you'll be excited to discover what you can now buy at the click of a mouse. A new car So, you thought you had to go into a showroom and get behind the wheel to buy a car? Think again. The Best Dating Sites for People Who Hate Dating Sites. We tend to idealize the days before technology consumed every facet of our lives.

The Best Dating Sites for People Who Hate Dating Sites

But when your phone dies, and you're forced to drive around lost because you don’t have a GPS, you realize just how much easier technology can make things. Chief among them is dating. There’s a certain charm to one day stumbling upon the person of your dreams in the supermarket, striking up a conversation at the deli counter before falling in love and living happily ever after. Aussie traders are throwing money into China's answer to Tesla as its share price more than triples through the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio Inc. has seen a large boost in investment, as popularity among Australian traders soared in July.

Aussie traders are throwing money into China's answer to Tesla as its share price more than triples through the coronavirus pandemic

20 Best Business Ideas to Make Money in 2020 (Low Investment Ideas) How these brilliant businesses stayed afloat during lockdown. Nyt-climate-newsletter-recycling.amp. Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter.


The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Recycling in the United States is broken. For years, we relied heavily on recycling operations in China to take our waste. But that came to an end in 2018, when Beijing barred the import of recycling materials. TechCrunch fait désormais partie d’Verizon Media. Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

TechCrunch fait désormais partie d’Verizon Media

Today we’re digging into seed-stage companies, the vanguard of the venture market. In particular, we’re trying to understand why the ratio of seed deals now favor enterprise startups over their consumer-focused brethren. The fact that seed investors recently inverted their preferences, cutting more checks to enterprise (B2B) startups in 2019 than consumer-oriented companies (B2C) was news. We wrote about the trend here, as regular readers will recall. Teven Roberts, associate professor of sociology at Monash University, says young people will still splash out on a night out, like heading to the movies or splurging on a nice meal, just not as much as previous generations could afford. "The record box office taking for Hollywood blockbusters tells us that people still go to the movies,” he says. “Young people don't only watch streaming services or go to the movies. The cost of the latter, just like your big night out, is prohibitive, but you can still make it happen from time to time. " Ikea Rognan robotic furniture launching in 2020 transforms bedroom into living room. Ikea has unveiled a new range of robotic furniture that will add an extra eight square metres of space to apartments by transforming a bedroom into a living room with the press of a button. The Rognan range, developed in collaboration with MIT-affiliated tech firm Ori, will first launch in Hong Kong and Japan next year — and is clearly inspired by Bruce Willis' retracting bed from the 1997 sci-fi film The Fifth Element.

"For the last 10 to 15 years robotic furniture was something you would see in movies, but the technologies are getting very mature and are already changing the way we design, the way we create and the way we live in our spaces," said Ori founder Hasier Larrea. China's Online Lending Crackdown May See 70% of Businesses Close. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg The number of Chinese peer-to-peer lenders may drop by 70 percent this year, a research firm that tracks the industry says, as the nation intensifies a crackdown on riskier forms of financing. As few as 300 companies will remain by the end of the year, according to an estimate from Shanghai-based Yingcan Group. Discounting on Sydney properties at highest level in years, with price drops biggest on the lower north shore.

In a bid to secure a sale in a cooling market, Sydney homeowners are discounting their properties at their highest level in five years. Across the city, the average discount vendors accept on originally advertised house prices reached 6 per cent over the latest quarter – the largest markdown in prices since April 2013. The average discount accepted for Sydney units, now at 5.5 per cent, is also at its highest rate in five years. The average discount accepted for a house on the lower north shore has reached 6 per cent, while for apartments it’s at 5.5 per cent. Photo: Peter Rae Owners in Sydney’s lower north shore are reducing prices the most, with an average discount of 8.1 per cent for houses over the six months to March, while apartment prices were reduced 6.5 per cent. At the region’s median house price of $2.45 million – which fell 5.2 per cent over the year to March – that’s a price drop of almost $200,000.

Category: Darkness isn't what it used to be - and that's not good. How Small Businesses Can Capitalize On Tomorrow’s Mobile Innovations. Singapore now the biggest foreign investor in Australian property, as Chinese investment drops 69pc. Signs are emerging that the capital inflow from China to Australian property is slowing, but is being offset by Singaporean investors. In the first half of this calendar year, Chinese investment in Australian real estate fell 69 per cent, compared with the same period last year.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, despite lower Chinese investment, Australian commercial real estate is on track for another robust year, with the firm's research forecasting total investment of around $30 billion for the year. This follows reports last week that China has put the brakes on its companies pouring big money into overseas property development, issuing rules likely to have a significant impact in Australia. China's State Council, or cabinet, announced the first rules on overseas investment by Chinese companies on Friday. Mercial real estate: What Chinese foreign investors are really buying. China's cash splash is a seriously big deal for Australia's economy Chinese interest in funding residential developments grew last year. Forbes Welcome. Can These Tech Veterans Make A Fringe Health Care Model Scale? Beautiful but expensive: What international students really think about studying in Sydney.

Almost nine out of 10 international students studying in Sydney would recommend the city to their friends as a place to live and study, despite persistent complaints about the high cost of public transport and accommodation, according to the first major research done on the experiences of international students in Australia. Sydney attracts more of Australia's $20 billion international student market than any other city, with about 50,000 enrolled at university and another 50,000 at vocational and English-language institutions in the city last year, according to federal data.

Retail revolution: How a superhero toy could change the Australian landscape.