12 of the Most Riveting Storytelling Podcasts Running

12 of the Most Riveting Storytelling Podcasts Running

Image: Podcast logo Those clinging to something from their past—an unresolved argument, a lost friend, a misunderstood interaction with a family member, or an unsolved mystery of any kind—can call Jonathan Goldstein, host of Heavyweight, and he’ll search far and wide (perhaps farther and wider than necessary) to get an answer. Goldstein takes it upon … Read more

Is a particular dog breed more likely to attack, and why do they do it?

Is a particular dog breed more likely to attack, and why do they do it?

Electricity meter reader Kane Minion was killed doing his job when he was mauled by dogs at a property south of Brisbane last weekend. Two dogs, a bandog bull mastiff cross and a Rhodesian ridgeback cross, were impounded from the property. Logan City Council says it had no prior indication that the dogs at the Greenbank … Read more

Book notes: Zero interest rate policy and the new abnormal, by Michael Beenstock

Book notes: Zero interest rate policy and the new abnormal, by Michael Beenstock

Michael Beenstock, Zero interest rate policy and the new abnormal: a critique, Oxford University Press, 2022, xiv + 373 Some central banks began to detect a sharp drop in the equilibrium real short-term interest rate (or r*, the natural rate of interest), even before the advent of the global financial crisis.1 In Japan, the realisation that … Read more

Book notes: Yellen: the trailblazing economist who navigated an era of upheaval, by Jon Hilsenrath

Book notes: Yellen: the trailblazing economist who navigated an era of upheaval, by Jon Hilsenrath

Jon Hilsenrath, Yellen: the trailblazing economist who navigated an era of upheaval, Harper Collins, 2022, 400 pages This book provides a powerful story of the illustrious career of Janet Yellen – in my view, the most successful economist in the world. Yellen has gained particular notoriety as the first female chair of the Board of … Read more

Redbank Plains residents say Ipswich City Council ‘asleep at the wheel’ over fire risk posed by Chip Tyre processing plant

Redbank Plains residents say Ipswich City Council ‘asleep at the wheel’ over fire risk posed by Chip Tyre processing plant

A recycling centre with massive stockpiles of tyres west of Brisbane is exposing local residents to significant fire and health risks, a community group says.  Key points: Residents say regulators have not gone far enough in mitigating risks posed by the business Chip Tyre said it was liaising with authorities to ensure its site remained a low … Read more

Supreme Court rules on property rights in win for land developers

Supreme Court rules on property rights in win for land developers

The Supreme Court of Canada has given developers and property owners a major victory, making it easier for them to sue governments over regulations that remove all reasonable uses of their lands. The 5-4 ruling on Friday takes aim at governments that in effect steal land, through development freezes, zoning changes or environmental restrictions that … Read more

Optus and Medibank hacks prompt $50m data breach fines | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

Optus and Medibank hacks prompt $50m data breach fines | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

Optus and Medibank hacks prompt $50m data breach fines | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Big changes coming after data breaches  news.com.au Australia flags new corporate penalties for privacy breaches  The Associated Press – en Español Penalties rise for companies who suffer repeated breaches  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

New York Life appoints new general counsel from in-house

New York Life appoints new general counsel from in-house

New York Life Insurance Company has promoted Michael McDonnell to become its new general counsel. McDonnell has been senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief insurance counsel since 2021, offering counsel across New York Life’s foundational and strategic insurance businesses. He joined the company in 2013 as associate general counsel for the insurance and … Read more

Life of Melbourne woman who had cardiac arrest saved by quick-thinking from supermarket workers

Life of Melbourne woman who had cardiac arrest saved by quick-thinking from supermarket workers

When Mary Brockhoff went into cardiac arrest in a Melbourne supermarket, shelve-stackers stepped in and saved her life. Key points: Melbourne woman Mary Brockhoff was shopping when she collapsed from a heart attack Supermarket workers performed first aid until paramedics arrived She returned to thank the people who saved her life “I actually don’t remember anything,” Ms Brockhoff told … Read more

Prostate cancer doctors call for changes to screening guidelines over fears about undetected cases

Prostate cancer doctors call for changes to screening guidelines over fears about undetected cases

There are urgent calls to overhaul the way general practitioners test for prostate cancer, amid concerns too many men are dying unnecessarily.  Key points: Prostate is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Australia Routine screening is not recommended for most men because of the risks of overdiagnosis However, some doctors believe guidelines are … Read more