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Australian dollar plunges as unemployment hits 12-year high

2:45 PM Thursday Aug 7, 2014

Surprise unemployment data in Australia has caused its dollar to drop more than half a cent against the greenback.
Surprise unemployment data in Australia has caused its dollar to drop more than half a cent against the greenback.

The Australian dollar fell half a US cent after the unemployment rate hit a 12 year high.

Its currency was trading at 92.97 US cents this afternoon, after hitting a high of 93.58 US cents in morning trade.

Australia’s jobless rate jumped to 6.4 per cent in July, from 6.0 per cent in June, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed.

Economists had expected unemployment to remain unchanged.

The total number of people with jobs also disappointed, falling by 300, against expectations 12,000 jobs would be added to the economy.

LTG GoldRock director Andrew Barnett said the employment data was the catalyst for the Australian dollar’s fall, but the currency was already due to drop.

“Any rally in the Aussie is going to be short lived,” he said.

“We’ve got some decent momentum to the downside overall, based on the US economic recovery and speculation mounting on interest rate rises in the United States sooner rather than later.”

Barnett the Australian dollar will also continue to weaken because an interest rate rise by the Reserve Bank of Australia is unlikely this year.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Aussie dollar back under 90 US cents before Christmas,” he said.

The Australian dollar could come under further pressure when the Bank of England (BoE) and the European Central Bank (ECB) hold meetings on Thursday night, Australian time.

“ECB president Mario Draghi is not going to talk the euro up, he’s going to talk it down and the Bank of England potentially could force the pound up if they talk about rising interest rates,” Barnett said.

Meanwhile, the Australian bond futures prices were higher.

At 1200 AEST on Thursday, the September 2014 10-year bond futures contract was trading at 96.555 (implying a yield of 3.445 per cent), up from 96.485 (3.515 per cent) on Wednesday.

The September 2014 three-year bond futures contract was at 97.350 (2.650 per cent), up from 97.260 (2.740 per cent).



Source : The New Zealand Herald

Kiwis in Hawaii talk of Tropical Storm Iselle

By Susan Strongman, Sophie Ryan

Onlookers park on the side of the road to look at the waves at Makapuu Beach in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees. Photo / AP
Onlookers park on the side of the road to look at the waves at Makapuu Beach in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees. Photo / AP


Tropical Storm Iselle brought big surf, strong winds and heavy rain to Hawaii last night, but the severe weather did not disrupt Air New Zealand flights.

Iselle was downgraded from a hurricane before it made landfall last night.

New Zealanders on holiday in Hawaii had been warned the tropical storm could cause havoc for their travel plans.

Air New Zealand said flights had not been disrupted by the storm.

David Hutcherson of Auckland emailed the New Zealand Herald with details of the storm as he experienced it from his Waikiki hotel room.

He said the famous white sand of Waikiki beach was bare this morning.

“The winds have whistled all night past our 20th floor windows, and we have woken to a view of an almost deserted Waikiki beach and strand.

“Last night we could not find any local restaurants taking bookings for this evening.

“The tall buildings in the area have take balcony furniture inside, we have our deck chair in the room, and all the pool furniture has been stacked away securely.

“We have been hearing sirens all morning and seeing Emergency Services vehicles racing up the road between the beach and the hotel.”

Mr Hutcherson had been told to keep his curtains drawn in case windows shattered in his hotel room.

He said he could not get confirmation that his flight to Las Vegas on Sunday would go ahead.

“We have heard that a large number of flights have either been cancelled or rescheduled, and where we would normally see and hear constant air traffic into and out of the airport we can see no activity at all.”

Auckland woman Mikhal Norriss, who was on holiday with a friend in Hawaii, said her package tour ended early yesterday because the tour guide was worried about the storm.

“I was talking to a local woman who said everyone has been stocking up on water and when she was at Walmart they were all out.”

Many tour operators had shut down for the weekend, she said.

The hurricane was all tourists and locals were talking about.

“All the bars have the weather channel on and the hotels have weather updates and storm warnings in the foyer.”

A second hurricane, Hurricane Julio, with winds of more than 100 miles per hour, could reach the islands of Hawaii over the weekend.

Source : The New Zealand Herald

Forestry industry out on a limb

August 9, 2014 – 1:26AM

Tom Arup

Environment editor, The Age

‘Effectively, for the world to become self-sustaining we’ve got to be able to increase productivity.’

‘Effectively, for the world to become self-sustaining we’ve got to be able to increase productivity.’

In its heyday, the town of Cann River in the far east of Victoria was home to seven sawmills. But now just one remains .

Bob Humphreys, 70, has run it for 43 years. As a boy he spent school holidays working at the mill.

In all that time no changes have been as dramatic as those which have buffeted the industry in the past five years.

The sun could be setting on operations such as this pulp mill at South East Fibre Exports in Eden in  NSW.

The sun could be setting on operations such as this pulp mill at South East Fibre Exports in Eden in NSW. Photo: Jay Cronan

‘‘Our critical mass has shrunk to such an extent that sooner or later it will no longer be viable. And we’re rapidly approaching that point, I reckon,’’ Humphreys says.

Forestry is one of the most disrupted industries in the country. On top of the challenges facing all heavy industry – the high dollar, international competition, falling commodity prices and relatively high cost base – the $7.5 billion timber industry faces specific difficulties at the heart of its business model.

A perpetual and heated environmental contest hangs over native logging, and plantation growers are still dealing with legacies from shambolic tax breaks and collapses. The markets for their products, meanwhile, are in a state of constant change.

The impact is broad, from small mills to the large state government-owned timber companies in NSW, Tasmania and Victoria.

Tasmanian forestry giant Gunns is the most celebrated victim, although, in truth, most of the industry is under stress, or if you are being polite, ‘‘in transition’’. And there is likely more pain to come.

The once-dominant native-forest chip export industry has been the hardest hit. Chips, not sawn timber, has sustained the industry for many decades.

‘‘I can’t argue that there is no decline in the native forest industry,’’ says Peter Mitchell, an experienced timber man and general manager of South East Fibre Exports, a mill and woodchip exporter on the NSW south coast.

‘‘It is not happening because of green pressure. Not because of somebody sitting up a tree. It is happening because of the market.’’

International competition from plantations in Vietnam, Thailand and South America produce cheaper chips with higher yields. They are crowding Australia out of its traditional and once lucrative markets in Japan.

On the demand side Japanese buyers are less hungry as paper demand has flatlined and they are also confronted with a high Australian dollar. Some Japanese purchasers, mostly paper companies, are also reluctant to take woodchips from Australian native forests because of their contested environmental nature.

That has driven the volume of native hardwood – such as eucalypts – down from 10 million cubic metres to 3.8 million cubic metres. The industry has been cut by more than half in a decade.

The development of domestic hardwood plantations – such as blue gums – has added to competition for native chips.

Companies such as TimberCorp and Great Southern gorged on juicy government tax breaks and planted swathes of forests across southern and western Australia. When they fell over the estates were snapped up at cut price rates and the timber is now being flogged off, meaning production has soared 350 per cent to 5.5 million cubic metres in a decade.

The vast bulk of Australian export woodchips is now plantation-grown; they have replaced native sources in just a handful of years.

Away from chips, the market for higher-quality native sawlogs, which are used in furniture and housing, is also sliding as international competition, alternative products and a quiet global housing market have nibbled on the demand side.

And continued reductions in the amount of wood that can be economically or practically cut out of native forests in a sustainable way have also reduced the supply.

The impact of these reductions can be seen in the NSW government’s recent deal to buy out a chunk of a sawlog supply contract with building giant Boral after modelling showed that, next decade, forests in the state’s north would be less productive than expected.

In East Gippsland, Bob Humphreys once processed 65,000 cubic metres of native sawlogs a year across four mills in three towns; these mills employed 77 people. Now the remaining mill handles 11,500 cubic metres for sub-floor structures. He has kept the mill in the black through downsizing and a determination to maintain jobs in Cann River, where he employs 17 people. He says Cann River has become a ‘‘welfare town’’.

When a round tree is milled into square planks there is a lot of waste. As is the case with many mills, Humphreys sells the waste for wood chips.

He sells about 5000 tonnes a year to South East Fibre Exports, but in May SEFE announced an end to buying pulp logs or mill waste from East Gippsland from January.

“I am yet to find a market for my residues come the end of the year when SEFE stops taking them. And that may be a precursor to my final demise, I’m not quite sure yet,” he says.

His experience goes to the heart of the native industry’s economic underpinning. The harvesters who cut down the trees are like millers in that they sell pulp logs – smaller or lower quality logs that cannot be used in saw mills – for chips and are now also facing weakening demand.

‘‘Any forest owner needs a residue market to make things viable,’’ Peter Mitchell says.

‘‘It is like selling the cow and only selling the T-bones; it doesn’t make sense, you have to sell the sausages as well.’’

VicForests, which is in charge of harvesting native forests, is working to find alternative buyers for its pulp logs from East Gippsland.

The state-owned company sold 200,000 tonnes of pulp log to SEFE in the 2012-13 financial year.

Nathan Trushell, director of strategy at VicForests, says it may not need to replace the entire volume of lost sales. He concedes there will be likely be a hit – though not as large as people suggest –  but he is giving little away about what VicForests might do.

He says there are a range of measures are on the table, from different harvesting techniques to selling logs as firewood.

Trushell says it is a chance to develop a more resilient industry that is domestically focused, and would likely be smaller.

Notwithstanding VicForests’ struggles to break even, Victoria’s native sector has actually held up better than that of other states.

Victoria has become the largest harvester of native hardwood forests. But even Victoria has seen production fall by about a third to 1.3 million cubic metres over the last decade.

Crucially, the state’s most lucrative logging region – the mountain ash forests region of the Central Highlands – has a stable pulp log customer in Australia Paper, which is owned by Japanese paper giant Nippon.

Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill in the Latrobe Valley uses VicForests residue along with plantation timber to produce Reflex printing paper.

VicForests and Nippon have faced staunch opposition from environmentalists and scientists campaigning to protect endangered species, such as the Leadbeater’s possum, and the mountain ash forests that were ravaged in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Ten years ago NSW produced roughly the same amount of native timber as Victoria; now it has dropped well below 1 million cubic metres.

The Forestry Corporation of NSW – also state-owned – has posted operating losses from its native timber operations of about $15 million a year since 2010-11.

These losses were easily offset by the returns from their plantation assets – largely softwood species such as pine trees that are used as sawlogs, mostly for housing.

The future of South East Fibre Exports is critical for forestry in the state’s south. Long a profitable business, SEFE has struggled to break even in the past three years.

SEFE’s owner is also Nippon as well as Japanese trading company Itochu. Nippon for a long time also bought all SEFE’s exported woodchips.

That came to an end when Nippon got access to higher quality chips from other sources. Nippon told SEFE it no longer wanted as much supply. SEFE then had to look to Taiwan and China where prices are lower and competition is no less intense.

SEFE does have a deal to buy Forestry NSW native pulp logs. That has a few years to run but if Nippon decides to shut SEFE when that contract is up then sawmills and native harvesting in southern NSW will face the same problems as their Victorian counterparts.

‘‘Our strength is [that] our customer is our owner. But they can only support us so long. And they can buy cheaper, better quality chips somewhere else; if they don’t it drags their business down,’’ Mitchell says.

While the falls in Victoria and NSW are large, nowhere has the collapse in the native timber industry been more dramatic than in Tasmania.

At its height last decade the state was processing more than 5 million cubic metres of native timber. In 2012-13, as exports to Japan collapsed, a little under 800,000 cubic metres was processed.

That plunged Forestry Tasmania to operating losses of almost $30 million a year. The bleeding has been stemmed courtesy of a government lifeline, but the future of the state’s industry is under another cloud.

The newly elected Hodgman Liberal state government, supported by the Abbott federal government, is in the process of tearing up a peace deal stuck between environmentalists, unions and industry in 2012 to end the forest wars that have plagued the state since the 1970s.

Plantation owners have faced their own issues.

It is true hardwood estates have grabbed the vast majority of the Australian export woodchip market. But they are selling a classic commodity and are also facing the same international competition and pricing pressures as native timbers.

Some plantations established under the MIS tax breaks, introduced under the Howard government, were put on marginal land with unrealistic expectations about what could be produced.

Plantings have now come to a halt and some are even being ripped out of the ground and returned to traditional farming.

In the 2013 financial year less than 2000 hectares of hardwood plantations were established. At the height of the MIS boom 76,000 hectares were planted in 2007 alone.

The large softwood plantation estate has hardly moved in terms of area or volume for about 25 years.

For pessimists wherever one looks forestry is not growing. Optimists, though, see signs of life in the woodchip market driven by emerging Chinese demand.

The consultant Wood Resources International reports that Australian woodchip exports increased in 2013 after falling to a 12-year low the year before. That increase almost exclusively came from plantation.

The first quarter of 2014 saw the largest shipment since 2010 at the same time as exports to China, for the first time, overtook exports to Japan.

The rub, WRI also noted, is that Chinese customers paid almost $30 less per metric ton – or 15 per cent less – than Japanese customers.

David Brand, chief executive of New Forests, runs a company which has snapped up 500,000 hectares of forests and land from the ruins of MIS ventures and Gunns.

His firm forecasts that the volume of the Asian woodchip market will grow by up to 25 per cent in the next two to three years on the back of Chinese, and possibly Indian, demand.

New Forests also expects the Australian hardwood plantation estate to contract by about 40 per cent, with owners, including New Forests, choosing not to replant some areas.

Brand says that, ultimately, the company aims to produce the same amount of wood over a smaller area by increasing the yield of the plantations that remain.

‘‘Effectively for the world to become self-sustaining we’ve got to be able to increase productivity as opposed to try to clear more native ecosystem for production systems,’’ Brand says.

What does that all mean for the future?

Once the post-MIS rationalisation is complete, plantation owners might back themselves to claim an ongoing slice of growth in the Asian markets.

But it is unlikely the woodchip exports markets will return to their former glory for the native harvesters.

‘‘For a resource like the mixed species [forests] in East Gippsland we can’t complete on price and quality against the blue gum plantations. And that’s the reality, and that’s one of the reasons why we are looking at alternatives,’’ Trushell says.

Many in the industry are eyeing off technologies that may chew up large volumes of lower-grade wood and continue to support the harvesting of sawlogs.

Jim Henneberry, who ran Australian Paper until February, points to bioenergy – where pulp is burnt in furnaces to produce energy – and other processes of feeding wood fibre into products such as biofuels, solvets, chemicals and others products as a possible transition point.

He says these new technologies are not going to be dominant, but they can contribute to a much more profitable, sustainable industry.

In that vein the industry is pushing for the burning of native timber for power to be included under Australia’s renewable energy target, which is under review.

Others are hoping that by gaining certain sustainability certification – namely from the Forestry Stewardship Council that is favoured by green groups – they will again secure access to prime international customers, and at least lessen the social and environment conflict around their operations. Both Forestry Tasmania and VicForests are pursuing FSC accreditation to different degrees.

In a sign that the threat to jobs is real the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is becoming more vocal in its calls for government to support for the sector.

For example it is pressuring the federal government to use Australian Paper products in government departments over imported paper. CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor draws a comparison to other struggling manufacturers.

“The majority of jobs in the forest products industry are in the sawmills and in manufacturing plants. And it therefore faces the same challenges that other parts of manufacturing face, which is high Australia dollar, increased energy costs, increased competition from imports,” he says.

Judith Ajani, a senior fellow at the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society, says talk of transition for native timber is wishful thinking.

A close watcher of the industry for many decades, Ajani says it cannot survive unless it can provide a cheap, high-quality and reliable supply for chips and sawlog products at a commodity scale.

And she says it has proven unprofitable to do so. She says ultimately Australia’s timber industry will be virtually all plantation-grown, bigger and more productive than what has existed under the native-dominated model of past.

Those who believe in the native industry argue it provides benefits from the social value of job creation in rural towns to the benefit of having timber companies as land managers that prevent fires and weeds infiltration.

Another prominent argument is that plantation timber cannot replace so-called appearance products, essentially high-end, authentic furniture and hardwood floors made from native timber.

‘‘There will be need for wood products from native forests – whether that is to offset land costs or whether there are particular products that you can’t get from international [markets] or plantations,’’ says Ric Sinclair, managing director of Forest and Wood Products Australia

Sinclair says he believes the future of the Australia industry will be focused around a handful of highly productive regions, both plantation and native, supplying a mix of high-value, manufactured products and underpinned by meeting smaller domestic needs such as timber for bridges and power poles and eventually the potential new markets of power and bio-products.

To achieve this investor confidence needs to be restored and better use made of the existing resource.

Ajani believes a bigger issue hanging over timber is resolving the social conflict between the environmentalists and industry. That means the transition to plantations.

The role of government is critical, says Ajani. Governments own most of the native-log resource; they will decide if trees are burnt for power.

She argues that with the growth in plantations and the fundamental market restructure, the forestry industry is already enduring, and Australia is more than 80 per cent on the way to a new model. It will fall to policymakers to decide whether the final step is taken.

‘‘It is the government’s role to end conflict in society. And it now has a practical way to do it,’’ she says.

‘‘The question for government is, why would they keep it all going?’’


Source : The Canberra Times

Globo tem baixa audiência com “Cobras & Lagartos”

Sem o suporte de “Caras &  Bocas”, que se encerrou na sexta-feira passada (01), “Cobras & Lagartos” vem amargando baixos índices de audiência na Globo.
Nesta última quinta (07), a novela de João Emanuel Carneiro registrou apenas 10 pontos de média. A trama de Walcyr Carrasco costumava marcar entre 13 e 15 pontos até então.
A baixa audiência de “Cobras & Lagartos”, no entanto, não tem ameaçado a liderança da Globo. Tal desempenho, inclusive, não chega a ser diferente de sua exibição original.
Quando inédita, em 2006, a trama teve baixos índices em seus primeiros capítulos e levou algumas semanas para reagir.
Esses índices são consolidados e são baseados na preferência de um grupo de telespectadores da Grande São Paulo.
Na Telinha

Atriz mexicana exige demissão de outra em emissora nos Estados Unidos

Atriz mexicana exige demissão de outra em emissora nos Estados Unidos


A estrela mexicana Lucero anda criando um mal-estar entre os funcionários da rede americana Telemundo, que faz conteúdo para os latinos que vivem nos Estados Unidos.
De acordo com a revista TVyNovelas, Lucero que ser a única estrela do canal e exigiu em contrato que a Telemundo dispense a também atriz Paulinia Rubio, que atualmente é uma das técnicas do programa “La Voz Kids”, versão infantil do reality “The Voice”.

Ainda nas exigências de Lucero, encontram-se um salário de 1 milhão e meio de pesos mexicanos, duas suítes de luxo em um hotel de sua preferência, passagens de avião de primeira classe e um carro de alto luxo.

No Brasil, a mexicana é conhecida por ter interpretado a personagem Helena Moreno em “Por Ela Sou Eva”, do SBT, e Barbara Greco em “Amanhã é para Sempre”, exibida pela Rede CNT.

Procurada pelo NaTelinha, a assessoria de Lucero não quis comentar a notícia.



Inside Miranda Kerr’s new Malibu bachelorette pad

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr is enjoying single life

Miranda Kerr has shelled out about $2.3million for a new home in Malibu.

The entrepreneur who was renting in the exclusive coastal area of LA is set to move into a three-bedroom single story home perched on top of a hill according to Variety. The home also features a guest house and another detached room with roof top ocean views, perfect for her 20-minute morning yoga workouts.

The open plan living area boasts a granite fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves, a galley style kitchen and an ocean-facing dining room. The backyard features a small (by Hollywood standards) swimming pool and spa.

The smallish master bedroom has a disturbingly off-centre used brick fireplace, access to an ocean view deck and a renovated bathroom with an over-sized, windowed, tiled, and sky-lit shower space,” Variety reported regarding Kerr’s new bedroom.

No doubt the model will decorate the new digs (like her previous abodes in Malibu, New York and inside Hollywood’s gated communities), according to her clean living standards.

“All the plants in my house are oxygen-producing and air-purifying plants,” she told beauty blog Into The Gloss in 2013.

In 2009, Kerr and then husband Orlando Bloom were victims of the infamous Bling Ring robberies. Bloom sold the home earlier this year for more than $3.9 million.

The couple also kept an apartment in New York, described by Vogue as an “Upper East Side home, an airy duplex in a landmark 19th century building off Central Park” bursting with “easygoing modern bohemianism”.

In March 2013, Kerr sold a one-bedroom apartment inside the JADE building in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. The apartment, which reportedly sold for more than $1.3 million was decorated by Mick Jagger’s daughter Jade.


Fuel-frugal Airbus stops off in New Zealand


Last updated 05:00 09/08/2014



CURVY BIRD: The swooping shape of the new Airbus A350 at Auckland International Airport.

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350, has called into Auckland as part of a global test flight programme.

The wide-body A350 is the French planemaker’s response to America’s Boeing 787.

To the casual observer there is little to set the two aircraft apart. The A350’s curved-up wingtips are the distinguishing feature.

On board, bigger windows for more light, while higher cabin air pressure and more humidity make long-distance flying more comfortable for the 315 passengers.

Like the 787, the A350 features a fuselage made entirely of lightweight carbon-fibre composite, dispensing with the traditional aluminium skin.

About half the aircraft is made of carbon fibre and the rest from high-quality metals such as titanium.

Airbus A350 marketing director Mike Bauser said the aircraft was 25 per cent more fuel-efficient than the Boeing 777 it also competes with, offering a sizeable operating cost saving for airlines.

It was also slightly more frugal than the 787, thanks to a newer variant of the Rolls-Royce Trent engines, Bauser said.

Before the first A350-900 can go into service with Qatar Airways at the end of the year it must demonstrate that it can fly a virtual schedule comprising short and long-haul flights.

The world tour includes 14 major airports and one route via the North Pole. Fairfax NZ

– BusinessDay


Final nod for Air New Zealand alliance


Last updated 05:00 09/08/2014

Air New Zealand has been given the green light by the Government to form an alliance with former rival Singapore Airlines.

Under the alliance, announced in January, Air New Zealand will resume flying between Auckland and Singapore, having abandoned the route in 2006 because of heavy losses.

Approval was granted by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee this week for four years.

Brownlee said that in this time the airlines would need to demonstrate that the alliance had delivered benefits to consumers and had not had an adverse impact on competition in other markets.

The alliance should help strengthen New Zealand’s ties with emerging Asian markets, he said.

The Competition Commission of Singapore gave its approval in April.

The alliance will lead to more flights between Singapore and New Zealand and provide improved connections through reciprocal codeshare agreements.

Air New Zealand will take over five services operated by Singapore Airlines using upgraded Boeing 777-200ERs and add two flights a week.

Singapore Airlines will progressively replace its remaining daily 777-300ER services with A380 super-jumbos.

Together, the two carriers will increase seat capacity on the route by up to 30 per cent.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon said the alliance would benefit customers and New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts said the approval of the alliance was also aligned with the tourism industry’s goal of $41 billion in total tourism revenue by 2025.

“Growing sustainable air connections is crucial to growing the value of tourism. The alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines has immediate benefits in terms of additional capacity and also offers a sustainable partnership that should provide long-term gains and opportunities,” Roberts said.

The airlines will share all revenue on the route, which has no other competitor after Qantas-owned budget airline Jetstar pulled out last month.

The alliance will provide Air New Zealand passengers with access to Singapore Airlines’ extensive Southeast Asian network and beyond to Britain, Europe and Africa, as well as the network of its regional subsidiary, SilkAir.

Singapore Airlines will in turn gain access to Air New Zealand’s domestic network and some international destinations. The alliance is expected to take effect by the end of the year.

– BusinessDay