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Cane toad or native frog? App prevents mistaken identity

Travelling around the top end of australia, would you be able to tell the difference between a poisonous cane toad and a bumpy rocket frog or a giant frog? – They look similar but sound quite different. A new mobile app developed by The University of Western Australia aims to help save those native frogs that so often become the victim of mistaken identity. …read more

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Dr. Gavin Michael Joins JPMorgan Chase as Head of Digital for Consumer and Community Banking

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Dr. Gavin Michael Joins JPMorgan Chase as Head of Digital for Consumer and Community Banking

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Chase announced today that Dr. Gavin Michael has joined the firm as Head of Digital for Chase’s Consumer and Community Banking division. Michael served as the Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Accenture since 2010, where he was responsible for the innovation agenda, technology strategy, and research and development. He will report to Gordon Smith, CEO of Chase Consumer and Community Banking, and Guy Chiarello, Chief Information Officer for JPMorgan Chase.

“We are extremely pleased to have Gavin join the firm,” said Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer & Community Banking. “With over 31 million active Chase.com users and more than 12 million active mobile users, it’s important that we continue to innovate and provide exceptional customer experience in our internet and mobile channels. Gavin has more than 20 years of experience across Retail Banking technology, including governance, organization, strategy, and innovation. His experience in running large, complex global projects across financial services and consulting makes him a great fit to lead Chase’s mobile and digital channel.”

Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Michael had a series of senior technology roles at Lloyd’s Banking Group, including Retail Chief Information Officer. In this role, he drove branch technology innovations at the center of their customer experience strategy. He previously held senior roles at National Australia Bank and IBM.

Michael received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Australian National University and his undergraduate degree from University of Western Australia.

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Saba Customers Recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

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Saba Customers Recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

Program Celebrates Global Companies’ Use of Saba’s Social and Learning Platform to Advance Collaboration, Economic Development and Philanthropy

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Saba (OTC Pink: SABA), the premier provider of people-centric enterprise solutions, announced today that three of its customers have been named Laureates of IDG‘s 2013 Computerworld Honors Program. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

“It’s wonderful to see our customers receive recognition for their achievements and commitment to developing people and promoting change,” said Emily He, senior vice president, marketing at Saba. “An honor such as this reminds us how great of an impact our customers’ goodwill can have and why Saba continues to develop solutions designed to aid our customers in their pursuit of transforming not only their organizations but also their communities.”

The 2013 Computerworld Honors program has recognized three Saba customers:

  • SMART Technologies has been named a laureate in the philanthropy category for its online anti-bullying training courses, which are built upon the Saba people development platform. These courses empower caregivers with the social technology skills needed to educate young people about how to prevent and respond to cyberbullying.
  • Schools of Isolated and Distance Education in Western Australia, selected as a laureate in the collaboration category, was acknowledged for its advanced eLearning and virtual classroom program using Saba Classroom. The program enables children from one of the world’s least densely populated regions to take interactive lessons and complete their education remotely.
  • Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. has been chosen as a laureate for the category of economic development based on its use of Saba. Together, Liebherr Mining and Saba provide global and diverse technical training to members of its industrial workforce, such as product support field service technicians, in very rural and remote parts of the world.

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years, the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating …read more

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Apache, Chevron to Supply LNG to Shubu Electric

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Oil companies Chevron , Apache Corporation , and their partners have finalized long-term agreements to supply Japan’s Chubu Electric Power Company with liquefied natural gas extracted from their Wheatstone Project in Western Australia, the companies announced Thursday.

The agreements call upon the Wheatstone partners to supply 1 million metric tons of LNG annually over the next 20 years. This amounts to 11.2% of Wheatstone’s projected 8.9 million ton annual production capacity.

If you break out revenues from this supply agreement, 64% should go to Chevron, 13% to Apache, and 6% to Royal Dutch Shell , with other partners accounting for the balance, based on their ownership interests in the project. Chevron will benefit most of all from the deal, inasmuch as it owns an 80% interest in the Wheatstone and Iago gas fields that supply 80% of the feedgas converted into LNG at the Wheatstone project.

Chevron shares are flat on the news, while Apache shares are up about 2.4%. Royal Dutch Shell is down 0.7%.

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Chevron and Chubu Electric Sign Wheatstone LNG Agreements

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Chevron and Chubu Electric Sign Wheatstone LNG Agreements

Agreements to supply 1 million tons annually from Wheatstone Project for 20 years

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Chevron Corporation (NYS: CVX) today announced that its Australian subsidiaries have signed binding long-term Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) with Chubu Electric Power Company Inc. (Chubu) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Wheatstone Project in Western Australia.

Under the agreements Chevron, together with Apache Energy and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, will supply Chubu with 1 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG for up to 20 years.

Joe Geagea, president, Chevron Gas and Midstream, said, “Chubu, one of the world’s leading LNG customers, is now a partner and customer of the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project. We are pleased to expand the strong partnership between our two companies with these SPAs for Wheatstone LNG.”

Roy Krzywosinski, managing director, Chevron Australia, said, “More than 80 percent of Chevron’s equity LNG from Wheatstone is covered under long-term off-take agreements with customers in Asia. The agreements demonstrate that Wheatstone is well-placed geographically to meet the Asia Pacific region’s growing demand for a safe, reliable and cleaner-burning source of energy.”

The Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project is located at Ashburton North, 7.5 miles (12 kilometres) west of Onslow in Western Australia. The project will consist of two LNG trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tons per annum and a domestic gas plant.

The Wheatstone Project is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14%), Apache Energy (13%), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (7%), Shell (6.4%), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46%), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd. (part owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, 8%).

Chevron also holds an 80.17 percent equity interest in the Wheatstone and Iago fields that provide 80% of the feedgas to the Wheatstone Project. The partners in the fields are Australian subsidiaries of Shell (8%) and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.83%) together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd (part owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, 10%).

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates …read more
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DNA technology set to speed up species discovery

Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia have teamed up with Kimberley Traditional Owners to test a new molecular technique that has the potential to revolutionise the discovery of new species, particularly those living in remote and poorly studied parts of the world. …read more
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Australian PM names Cabinet emphasizing loyalty

Prime Minister Julia Gillard emphasized loyalty over experience in new Cabinet selections named Monday after a bungled leadership challenge laid bare intra-government turmoil further damaging her party’s image months before an election.

Five ministers resigned or were sacked from their executive jobs for promoting a challenge by Gillard’s predecessor Kevin Rudd that failed when he decided against running on the ballot within the ruling Labor Party.

Gillard called the leadership mess “appalling” in remarks Monday to reporters.

“It was an unseemly display,” she said. “Today as a government we can be united and with a sense of purpose,” she added.

Most of the lawmakers whom Gillard promoted were known loyalists in the longstanding rivalry between Gillard and Rudd.

The Resources and Energy Ministry, crucial to Australia‘s mining-oriented economy, was given to Special Minister of State Gary Gray, a former gas company executive from resource-rich Western Australia state. The position had been filled to acclaim by Rudd supporter Martin Ferguson since the Labor government was first elected under Rudd’s leadership in 2007.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese stayed, even though he had been tipped to be deputy prime minister if Rudd regained the leadership. Reports have said ministers urged Albanese not to resign because he was too important to the government.

Gillard promoted Albanese by giving him the portfolios Regional Development and Local Government. Those ministries had been held by Simon Crean, whom Gillard dumped for publicly calling for a leadership ballot.

Gillard said she was confident of Albanese’s loyalty.

“I have always been able to work with Minister Albanese well,” she said. “He’s been very central to the life of this government and I believe he will serve very well and with a very strong sense of loyalty into the future.”

Australian National University political scientist Michael McKinley said the promotions were clearly not made on merit.

“If they were any good, they would have been in the Cabinet already,” he said.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who has denied media reports that he had been prepared to back a Rudd challenge, remained in his post.

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Australian PM apologizes for forced adoptions

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.

More than 800 people, many of them in tears, heard the apology in the Great Hall of Parliament House and responded with a standing ovation.

“Today this Parliament on behalf of the Australian people takes responsibility and apologizes for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering,” Gillard told the audience.

“We acknowledge the profound effects of these policies and practices on fathers and we recognize the hurt these actions caused to brothers and sisters, grandparents, partners and extended family members,” she said.

“We deplore the shameful practices that denied you, the mothers, your fundamental rights and responsibilities to love and care for your children,” she added.

Gillard committed 5 million Australian dollars ($5 million) to support services for affected families and to help biological families reunite.

A national apology was recommended a year ago by a Senate committee that investigated the impacts of the now-discredited policies.

Unwed mothers were pressured, deceived and threatened into giving up their babies from World War II until the early 1970s so they could be adopted by married couples, which was perceived to be in the children’s best interests, the Senate committee report found.

The seven-member Senate committee began investigating the federal government‘s role in forced adoption in 2010 after the Western Australian state parliament apologized to mothers and children for the flawed practices in that state from the 1940s until the 1980s.

Western Australia was the first of five state and territory governments to apologize for forced adoption. Australia has eight such governments.

Roman Catholic hospitals in Australia apologized in 2011 for forcing unmarried mothers to give up babies for adoption and urged state governments to accept financial responsibility.

Catholic Health Australia, the largest nongovernment hospital operator in Australia and which provides 10 percent of the nation’s hospital beds, said the practice of adopting out such children to married couples …read more
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Fluor to Conduct Study for Jack Hills Expansion Project in Western Australia

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Fluor to Conduct Study for Jack Hills Expansion Project in Western Australia

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fluor Corporation (NYS: FLR) announced today that it was awarded a contract by Australian mining company Crosslands Resources to complete a feasibility survey for the Jack Hills Expansion Project in Western Australia. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract in the first quarter of 2013.

Jack Hills iron ore mine in Western Australia (Photo: Business Wire)

As part of the contract, Fluor is responsible for validating, refining and finalizing a study conducted by Crosslands Resources‘ Strategic Asset Review regarding a major expansion of the Jack Hills Iron Ore mine. The process plant facilities will handle 61 million tonnes per annum of feed ore to produce a magnetite iron ore concentrate.

“Fluor is pleased to provide our services to analyze and validate the potential of this promising mine,” said Rick Koumouris, Fluor’s business line lead for Mining & Metals.

The Jack Hills mine is operated by Crosslands Resources Ltd., which is owned by the Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. In the past five years, the mine produced about 1.8 million tonnes per annum of direct shipping iron ore.

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For more than 100 years, Fluor Corporation (NYS: FLR) has partnered with its clients to design, build and maintain many of the world’s most challenging and complex capital projects. Through its global network of offices on six continents, more than 40,000 employees provide comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management. Today, the company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations & maintenance, manufacturing & life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 124 on the FORTUNE 500 list and had revenue of $27.6 billion in 2012. For more information visit www.fluor.com.

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‘Stop Acting Like Sluts’ VIDEO: Angry Man Stops Drunken Mischief At Australian McDonalds (NSFW Language)

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One of the perils of working in fast food industry is dealing with the late-night crowd.

These ladies at an Innaloo, Western Australia, McDonalds are probably perfect examples of who you don’t want walking through the doors at 10 minutes to close, presumably trashed and looking for Big Macs — or a food fight.

With a mighty battle cry of “Oy! Behave yourself!” a totally angry do-gooder rushes in to reestablish order to the scene, telling the apparently inebriated young women to “Stop acting like sluts” and clean up their mess.

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Powerful cyclone heads for Australian mining town

Australia’s major iron ore port was shut down and residents along a remote stretch of the country’s west coast ordered to take shelter as a powerful cyclone bore down on the region on Wednesday, bringing drenching rains and lashing winds.

Cyclone Rusty, a slow-moving and fierce storm with winds gusting up to 230 kilometers (140 miles) per hour at its center, was trudging toward the Western Australia coast and was expected to hit the mining town of Port Hedland in the evening. The outer edge of the storm was battering the coast with wind gusts of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The storm’s slow pace was sparking fears of flooding, with up to 400 millimeters (16 inches) of rain predicted to fall within 24 hours.

“This is a very long, drawn-out, slow nightmare,” Port Hedland councillor Bill Dziombak said. “Over the last 48 hours we’ve had gradually increasing gales, gusty winds and heavy, heavy rain.”

The port, which the nation’s mining giants use to export iron ore, was closed on Tuesday and officials weren’t sure when shipments would be able to resume. Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals said all its port and rail operations in the region were locked down and workers told to stay inside their homes.

“It’s hard to say when the port will reopen because it seems to be a very big cyclone,” Port Hedland Port Authority spokeswoman Albina Skender said. “Until we’re given the all-clear, everyone is safely at home and the port is evacuated.”

Emergency officials issued a red alert for those living along a 200-kilometer (120-mile) stretch of coast, ordering residents to stay indoors until the worst of the storm passes. Around 15,000 people live in the Port Hedland area.

“This one’s a bit of a beauty,” Port Hedland Deputy Mayor George Daccache said. “It’s going to be a pain waiting for two to three days for this to come and go.”

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NASA satellites see slow-moving Cyclone Rusty before landfall

Cyclone Rusty has been moving very slow over the last two days on its approach to landfall near Port Hedland in Western Australia, and NASA satellites have observed the storm’s increase in power. NASA‘s TRMM and Aqua satellites provided rainfall, cloud height and temperature data that showed Cyclone Rusty intensified as it neared land. …read more
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