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[[body:[Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino Tony Abbott TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Australia clinched a basic trade deal on Monday to cut import tariffs, as U.S., and Japanese officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that would re-energize stalled talks on a broader regional pact., The agreement between Japan and Australia comes as the United States and Japan push for their own two-way trade deal - a key component of a broader U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact - before a visit this month by President Barack Obama., Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed a basic agreement on the deal at talks in Tokyo, and agreed to work towards signing it as soon as possible, the two sides said in a statement., "The Japan-Australia EPA (economic partnership agreement) is an extremely important framework that promotes bilateral trade and investments," Abe later told a news conference with Abbott., "This basic agreement has historical significance for getting the two countries closer together." The bilateral deal, expected to be finalized when Abe travels to Australia in July, features cuts to Japanese tariffs on Australian beef - including a halving of the levy on frozen beef to 19.5 percent with deep cuts in the first year - and an end to an Australian duty on cars., A deal with Australia that lets Japan keep even reduced tariffs on politically sensitive agricultural products such as beef gives Japan ammunition against U.S., demands to scrap tariffs in the TPP deal, which aims to remove import levies, experts said., Such a deal means "Australia gets preferential treatment over the U.S., and America will be under pressure to strike a TPP deal short-term that puts it on a level playing-field with Australia," said Aurelia George Mulgan, a professor of Japanese politics at the University of New South Wales., Australia had a lower hurdle on tariffs for Japanese cars after Australia's three remaining carmakers - Toyota Motor Corp, General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Co - decided to quit Australian domestic production by 2017 due to high costs and a strong Australian currency., U.S.-JAPAN "GAME OF CHICKEN" U.S., Trade Representative Michael Froman leaves on Monday for Tokyo, his office said., He will meet Economy Minister Akira Amari on Wednesday, Japanese media said, in a bid to break a bilateral stalemate bogging down the 12-nation TPP talks., Washington and Tokyo are each urging the other to be more flexible on the sticking points of access to Japan's farm and car markets and U.S., tariffs on imported cars and trucks., The TPP is a centerpiece of Obama's push to expand the U.S., presence in Asia., The talks have entered their fifth year., The Japanese and U.S., economies dominate the grouping, which encompasses one-third of global imports and exports., "What is going on is a game of chicken," Mulgan said., The U.S., and Japan "want an agreement but they are not prepared to pay a high price., Japan knows that America wants it on board because TPP without Japan is not worth all that much., Japan is playing hardball." The United States wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors - areas Abe has vowed to defend., Japan wants a timetable on U.S., promises to drop tariffs of 2.5 percent on imports of passenger cars and 25 percent on light trucks., Advocates say the TPP could accelerate global economic growth, boost U.S., exports and level the playing-field between emerging and rich nations in., The TPP talks, including Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Malaysia and others, missed a deadline for an agreement by the end of last year., Abe and Abbott also stressed close security ties as Japan seeks tighter relations with regional partners to cope with a rising China., They agreed to start talks on cooperation in defense technology and equipment, following Japan's recent overhaul of a decades-old ban on arms exports "The relationship between Australia and Japan is about much more than economics and trade and growing wealthy together," Abbott said at the news conference., "It's about respect, it's about values and that's why this is such a very strong partnership." In a symbolic gesture, Abbott became the first foreign leader to attend a special session of Japan's National Security Council, set up last year to coordinate policies., "I think this fact that we are having this session with you signifies the fact that there is a strong bond of trust between Japan and Australia," Abe told Abbott at the beginning of the session., (Writing by Linda Sieg and William Mallard; Additional reporting by Krista Hughes and David Brunnstrom in Washington and Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies in Tokyo; Editing by Eric Meijer and Clarence Fernandez) FILED UNDER: ], title:Japan, Australia clinch trade deal as U.S.-Tokyo talks heat up
| Reuters, url:http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/07/us-japan-australia-idUSBREA3601520140407?feedType=RSS]] [[body:[], title:, url:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/07/renewables-investment-warning-as-australia-places-ninth-in-the-world]] [[body:[], title:, url:http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304640104579486973958560760]] [[body:[A link has been sent to your friend's email address., 36 View reader contributions and add your own related to this story., Add Videos or PhotosBe first to contribute Sign in now to share your story., Sign in with FacebookSign in with Google+ Be first to contribute You've contributed successfully to: Australia: Signal 'consistent' with aircraft black box Thanks!, Check out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions., Your submission didnt go through., Please try again., Verifying your credentials..., We're experiencing a few technical issues., Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY., Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos., Please report any content that violates the terms., Photos: Malaysia Airlines jet missing Australia: Signal 'consistent' with aircraft black box A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for a missing Malaysian jet reported hearing a "pulse signal" in the Indian Ocean on Saturday with the same frequency emitted by flight data recorders., Newslook Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY 4:14 p.m., EDT April 5, 2014 A woman ties a message card for passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 5, 2014., (Photo: Lai Seng Sin, AP) SHARE 1079 CONNECT 245 TWEET 36 COMMENTEMAILMORE A potential new clue to the whereabouts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 emerged Saturday, with a Chinese patrol ship detecting a pulse signal coming from the search area, according to reports from China's official news agency, Xinhua., A "black box detector" deployed by Chinese ship Haixun 01 "detected a pulse signal" in southern Indian Ocean waters, Xinhua said late Saturday local time., The signal was picked up around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude., Also on Saturday, Xinhua reported a Chinese air force plane spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area, which is northwest of the Australian city of Perth., The Australian government agency coordinating the search said that those reports, as well as any connection between the pings and the missing plane, could not be immediately verified., "I have been advised that a series of sounds have been detected by a Chinese ship in the search area., The characteristics reported are consistent with the aircraft black box," said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, in an e-mailed statement., "A number of white objects were also sighted on the surface about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the detection area., However, there is no confirmation at this stage that the signals and the objects are related to the missing aircraft." Search organizers may send Royal Australian Air Force assets to the area where the Chinese ship detected the sounds, he said., That move "is being considered," according to Houston's statement., Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston shows the current search areas of the ships Ocean Shield and Haixun 01., Houston confirmed that the Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield has twice detected signals in the past 24 hours consistent with aircraft black boxes. (Photo: Paul Kane, Getty Images) View Fullscreen Royal Australian Navy Cmdr., Peter Leavy, left, listens as former Australian defense minster Angus Houston, chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center, holds a map showing possible locations of a signal from the black box aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet a news conference on April 7 at Dumas House in Perth., The missing airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, epa) U.S., Navy Capt., Mark Matthews talks to reporters about the ping locator operations after a news conference at Dumas House. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, epa) Graffiti art memorializes the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in Kuala Lumpur on April 6. (Photo: Lai Seng Sin, AP) Buddhists pray for passengers on the missing airliner in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) A woman attends a mass prayer for people aboard the missing airliner. (Photo: Lai Seng Sin, AP) Buddhists pray for passengers on the missing jet. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) An April 5 photograph shows a white floating object spotted by the Chinese air force in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Huang Shubo, AP) A Chinese relative of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 rests behind candles in a prayer room at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on April 4. (Photo: moved here Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) Royal New Zealand Air Force Wing Cmdr., Rob Shearer, left, and Sgt., Sean Donaldson conduct a search for the missing jet over the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Nick Perry) Operators monitor stations aboard the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion during search operations for missing Flight MH370. (Photo: Pool photo by Nick Perry) Relatives of Chinese passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight pray in Beijing. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) Relatives of Chinese passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight weep in a prayer room in Beijing. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) Relatives of missing Chinese passengers light candles in a Beijing prayer room. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) View Fullscreen A Royal Malaysia Air Force C-130 takes off on a search mission for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jet on April 3 from Pearce air force base in Perth, Australia., The airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) Relatives of Chinese passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet stand near a memorial to the passengers in a prayer room at a (visit site) hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) A relative of a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet watches television as he waits for new information at a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) Relatives of the Chinese passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet walk through a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) A Chinese relative of a passenger on the missing airliner waits for the new information. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen A crew member aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft searches for debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on April 2 over the Indian Ocean northwest of Perth, Australia., The Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Pool photo by Kim Christian EPA) A crew member on a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force P3 Orion looks from an observation window as the aircraft taxis at an Australian air force base in Pearce. (Photo: Paul Kane, Getty Images) Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, left, speaks to the media after a private meeting with Chinese relatives of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet at a hotel in Bangi near Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Joshua Paul, AP) A map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the search area in the Indian Ocean. (Photo: AMSA via epa) Japan Coast Guard crewman Koji Kubota searches for debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on April 1 near Perth, Australia., Ten planes and nine ships are searching for the missing Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) Japan Coast Guard pilot Makoto Hoshi flies a Gulfstream V search aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean near Perth. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) Hidetaka Sato of the Japan Coast Guard works at the communications desk during a search. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) Kojiro Tanaka, head of the Japan Coast Guard mission, speaks to the media during a search operation in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) The Australian navy warship HMAS Toowoomba searches for debris. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) A woman who has a relative on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight comforts another woman before a briefing by Malaysian officials at a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Andy Wong, AP) People who are related to passengers on the missing flight talk with members of the Malaysia Airlines special assistance team during a meeting at a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen A picture on a monitor shows a piece of unknown debris spotted by a Royal New Zealand P-3 Orion during a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on March 31 in the southern Indian Ocean., The images were sent for analysis to the Rescue Coordination Center and Australian Maritime Safety Authority. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) A shadow of a Royal New Zealand air force P3 Orion aircraft is appears on low cloud cover during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) The Australian navy ship HMAS Success searches for the missing airliner that had 239 people on board. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) Royal New Zealand air force wing commander Capt., Rob Shearer conducts a search for the missing jet over the Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) An image of a U.S., P8 Poseidon search aircraft appears on a monitor in the cockpit of a Royal New Zealand air force P3 Orion. (Photo: Pool photo by Rob Griffith) A relative of a Chinese passenger on the missing jet prays before a briefing with Malaysian officials at a hotel in Beijing., The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Alexander F., Yuan, AP) A woman wipes away tears near a wall covered by letters dedicated to the missing passengers at a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Alexander F., Yuan, AP) Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, center, delivers a statement on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to the media at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) A Buddhist monk comforts a Chinese relative of a passenger at a Buddhist temple in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) Chinese relatives of passengers bow after a special prayer ceremony at a Buddhist Temple in Petaling Jaya. (Photo: Azhar Rahim, epa) Family members of Chinese passengers participate in a special prayer ceremony at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Rahman Roslan, Getty Images) South Korean Navy Lieutenant Commander Oh Kang-Min wears a MH370 search-and-rescue team patch as he waits to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at an air base in Perth, Australia. (Photo: Pool photo by Jason Reed) A girl writes a note to passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Aaron Favila, AP) People hang messages during the "Love U MH370" event in Kuala Lumpur on March 30. (Photo: Ahmad Yusni, epa) A volunteer cries as she prepares for a commemoration event for the missing passengers on March 30 in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Rahman Roslan, Getty Images) A volunteer prepares to release balloons as a symbol of remembrance for the victims at Titiwangsa Lake in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Rahman Roslan, Getty Images) View Fullscreen A Royal Australian Air Force ground crewman stands in front of a Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules after it landed at RAAF Base Pearce on March 29 to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia. (Photo: Rob Griffith, AP) Royal Australian Air Force Sgt., Peter Shomos works during a search-and-rescue mission over the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Greg Wood, AFP/Getty Images) A smoke marker is dropped from a Royal Australian Air Force search aircraft. (Photo: Greg Wood, AFP/Getty Images) Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 observe a moment of silence before a meeting with Malaysian officials at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Goh Chai Hin, AFP/Getty Images) A relative of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passenger rests at a hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Alexander F., Yuan, AP) View Fullscreen An Royal Australian Air Force aircraft takes off on a search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet from Pearce Airbase on March 28 in Bullsbrook., Planes and ships raced to a new search zone after investigators suggested the missing Boeing 777 was flying faster than first thought before it plunged into the Indian Ocean. (Photo: Greg Wood, AFP/Getty Images) A map released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the new search area in the Indian Ocean. (Photo: AMSA via epa) View Fullscreen Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines fligh pray in a room at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing., The airliner with 239 people on board disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images) Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines conduct a prayer vigil at the Metro Park Lido Hotel. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images) A woman photographs a screen showing a candle memorial dedicated to the missing passengers at the Metro Park Lido Hotel. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) People place candles during a ceremony for passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on March 27 in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Aaron Favila AP) Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt., Jayson Nichols looks at a map as he flies aboard an AP-3C Orion aircraft during a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet over the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Michael Martina) A Thaichote satellite image taken on March 24 and released March 27 by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency shows objects floating in the Indian Ocean near the search area for the missing jet. (Photo: GSTDA via AP) Royal Australian Air Force Capt., Peter Moore conducts a search for the missing jet from an AP-3C Orion aircraft over the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Michael Martina) A navigation screen on a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft shows its location. (Photo: Pool photo by Michael Martina) Royal Australian Air Force Sensor Employment Manager Neville Dawson watches a radar screen during a search for the missing jet on March 26. (Photo: Pool photo by Paul Kane) View Fullscreen A Malaysian air force general reacts as he answers a question from a relative of a passenger on a missing Malaysia Airlines jet during a meeting at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing., The relatives were told that they would be brought to the recovery area as the search goes on for wreckage. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen A satellite from the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency taken on March 23 shows the location of unknown objects in the southern Indian Ocean off the southwestern coast of Perth, Australia., A Malaysia Airlines jet with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: MRSA via Getty Images) A Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency map shows the location of unknown objects in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: MRSA via Getty Images) A Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency map shows the location of objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean near Australia. (Photo: MRSA via Getty Images) View Fullscreen Malaysian Minister of Defense and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein shows pictures of possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on March 26 at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur., The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) Hussein shows pictures of possible debris from the missing airliner. (Photo: Mohd Rasfan, AFP/Getty Images) A map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra shows the planned search areas in the Indian Ocean. (Photo: AMSA via epa) A map released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows areas already searched and new search areas in the Indian Ocean. (Photo: AMSA via epa) A relative of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, center, speaks to the media at the Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images) A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft takes off on a search mission from a base in Pearce. (Photo: Rob Griffith, AP) A family member, right, of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane is comforted by a member of the Special Assistance Team at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on March 25. (Photo: Joshua Paul, AP) High school students attend a vigil for passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in Lianyungang, China., The Boeing 777 airliner disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) A high school student holds a candle during a vigil for passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in Lianyungang. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Crew members on board an Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion return from an 11-hour search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on March 24. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, AFP/Getty Images) A relative of Chinese passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft cries during a protest outside the Malaysia Embassy in Beijing. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) Relatives of Chinese passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane scuffle with police officers outside the Malaysian Embassy. (Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP) Relatives of passengers stage a protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images) A relative of a missing passenger cries as she participates in a protest outside the Malaysian Embassy. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) A grieving Chinese relative yells at journalists during a protest outside the Malaysian Embassy., Angry relatives of the Chinese passengers aboard the missing Boeing 777 marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing to demand more answers about the crash. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images) A man prepares to leave for a protest at the Malaysian Embassy. (Photo: Lintao Zhang, Getty Images) Grieving relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight leave a hotel ballroom in Beijing on March 24 after being told the plane plunged into Indian Ocean. (Photo: Goh Chai Hin, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen A relative of a passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet cries at a hotel in Beijing after hearing the news that the plane crashed into the sea., Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the jet crashed into the Indian Ocean on March 8 and none of the passengers survived. (Photo: Goh Chai Hin, AFP/Getty Images) Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves after a news conference in Kuala Lumpur., He said analysis of available satellite data has concluded that the missing plane's final position was in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Rahman Roslan, Getty Images) A woman reads messages dedicated to passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines jet at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia., The Boeing 777 aircraft with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8. (Photo: AP) A ground controller guides a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft after it returned from a search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet at a base in Pearce, Australia. (Photo: Pool photo by Jason Reed) Malaysian Minister of Defense and acting Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein, center, speaks to the media at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Rahman Roslan, Getty Images) A member of the Malaysia Airlines special assistance team entertains a young relative of a passenger aboard the missing airliner at Metro Park Lido Hotel in Beijing. (Photo: Goh Chai Hin, AFP/Getty Images) Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Marc Smith turns his AP-3C Orion aircraft during a low-altitude search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, epa) A crew member aboard a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft conducts an electronic search for the missing aircraft. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, epa) A crewman on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft searches the ocean. (Photo: Richard Wainwright, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen Members of Japan's disaster-relief team wave at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft as it prepares to take off on a search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet from a Royal Australian Air Force base in Pearce, Australia. (Photo: Jason, Reed, AFP/Getty Images) View Fullscreen A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion search plane passes over the Norwegian car transport ship Hoegh St., Petersburg during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet on March 21 in the Indian Ocean., The Boeing 777 aircraft with 239 people on board disappeared on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Pool photo by Justin Benson-Cooper) Flight crew aboard a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft monitor their instruments as they search for a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over the Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Justin Benson-Cooper) Flight Officer Brittany Sharpe monitors her instruments during the search effort. (Photo: Pool photo by Justin Benson-Cooper) Flight Lt., Neville Dawson monitors his instruments on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft. (Photo: Pool photo by Justin Benson-Cooper) A man walks past a message board dedicated to passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (Photo: Lai Seng Sin, AP) View Fullscreen Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines jet watch a television news program about the aircraft at a hotel ballroom on March 20 in Beijing., The Boeing 777 jetliner with 239 people on board vanished on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (Photo: Andy Wong, AP) Royal Australian Air Force Loadmasters, Sergeant Adam Roberts, left, and Flight Sergeant John Mancey toss a Self Locating Data Marker Buoy from a C-130J Hercules during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean. (Photo: Pool photo by Leading Seaman Justin Brown) Like this topic?, You may also like these photo galleries: Replay ], title:Australia: Signal 'consistent' with aircraft black box, url:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/05/malaysia-flight-search-navy/7342255/]] [[body:[Boycott!, Activists and campaigners often use boycotting a company's products when other methods have failed, yet in Australia such boycotts could soon become illegal., The Guardian reported last week that the Australia government is currently mulling a plan to remove an exception for to employ "secondary boycotts." The news comes amid of a U-turn on environmental protections under the new coalition government headed by Tony Abbott., "Boycotts have been one of the most important arrows in the quiver of responsible conservationists and consumers., Theyve convinced many environmentally predatory firms around the world to clean up their acts," said well-known ecologist, William Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Australia., "It's a tremendously bad idea." Laurance is also the head of the new environmental group, the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers or ALERT., Clearcut logging in Styx Valley, Tasmania., A number of high profile boycotts have revolved around stores selling products made from old-growth forests in Tasmania., Photo by: TTaylor/ Creative Commons 3.0 ., Richard Colbeck, Tasmania Senator and the parliamentary secretary for agriculture, told the Guardian that the "secondary boycotts" by environmental groups will be up for the debate by the government, though consumer protection boycotts will stay., Colbeck pointed to a number of recent boycotts in Australia targeting the timber industry for clearcutting native forests, calling it "a dishonest campaign." However, the scientists with ALERT argue that such boycotts have proven hugely effective in improving companies with poor environmental records across a number of industries, from seafood to soy to palm oil., "Boycotts get the attention of environment-destroying companies because blog they hit them where it hurtstheir reputation and market share, Corey Bradshaw, a professor at the University of Adelaide and member of ALERT, said., Laurance adds that the government's "proposal blatantly favors big business over the interests of consumers." However, the Colbeck's proposal may not last long., Already Australia's Minister for Small Business, Bruce Bilson, told the Sydney Morning Herald that "there are currently no specific plans on the table to make changes to secondary boycott provisions," although he was aware of the proposal., The proposal comes on the heels of a number of environmental deregulations pushed by the Abbott coalition, including abolishing a nascent carbon tax, opening up areas of a World Heritage forest for logging, a moratorium on new protected areas, a shark cull, and dumping coal dredge in the Great Barrier Reef., AUTHOR: Jeremy Hance joined Mongabay full-time in 2009., He currently serves as senior writer and editor., He has also authored a book ., Related articles ], title:Australia proposes banning environmental boycotts, url:http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0407-hance-ban-boycotts-australia.html]] [[body:[], title:, url:http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304819004579486713913515056]] [[body:[], title:Australia, Japan in historic trade deal - The West Australian, url:http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/national/a/22457039/australia-japan-in-historic-trade-deal/]] [[body:[by Australia's women continued their dominance of the World Twenty20 trophy after they thoroughly outplayed England in a one-sided final in Dhaka., Heading into the game, many pundits felt it could be a close contest with the two sides playing a total of 14 matches against each other in all formats since August., It was also deemed a fitting final as both Australia and England were considered as the best two sides in the tournament., Both sides were also confident after winning all their games following opening defeats., However, it proved anything but close as Australia dominated almost from the outset., Australian captain Meg Lanning won the toss and decided to bowl on what was a very hot and sticky day., England started nervously and, in truth, never really recovered from their slow start., Openers Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor found the going tough in the face of some very accurate Australian bowling and sound fielding., England's top order failed to find the boundary until the third over and the power play looked to be going in Australia's favour, particularly when England captain Edwards was dismissed by Sarah Coyte in the sixth over with the score on just 23., She was fantastically caught by Jess Cameron at mid-on., This left Australia in the ascendancy and they never let England back into the game from that point onwards., England's number three - Heather Knight - did her best to up the scoring rate with 29 off 24 balls but England were struggling to find the boundary regularly., Once Taylor was dismissed for 18 - again by Coyte - with the score on 55, England began to lose regular wickets which stunted the run rate further., England's middle and lower order had not had much game time during the tournament and it showed when it mattered the most., England had been unable to muster a six all tournament and they could not threaten that statistic during this innings either as they reached just 105-8 from their 20 overs., Coyte (3-16) and Ellyse Perry (2-13) were the pick of the Aussie bowlers as they restricted England to a below-par total., In reply, Australia never fell behind the required run rate., Despite the tournament's leading wicket taker - Anya Shrubsole - capturing the early wicket of Jess Jonassen, England could not do anything to halt the Australians victory march., Australian captain and world number one Lanning added extra impetus with a sublime innings of 44 from just 30 balls and Perry added 31 runs at a run a ball., Lanning also became the tournament's leading run scorer in the process of her innings., Despite Natalie Sciver (2-12) capturing two late wickets for England, Australia cruised to a six-wicket victory with 29 balls to spare - a huge margin in the Twenty20 format., England can take solace from the fact that opening bowler Shrubsole ended the tournament as the leading wicket taker., England, though, must rue their poor batting display and a severe inability to find the boundary more regularly., There was a clear difference between both sides in this respect., Australia have now won the last three World T20 tournaments and have also avenged their Ashes defeat against England earlier in the winter., England should be proud of their campaign but will also need to regroup and address the clear batting deficiencies they showed during this game., Write for GiveMeSport!, Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia., The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article., GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors., Topics: ], title:England women fall at the final hurdle against Australia, url:http://www.givemesport.com/451983-england-women-fall-at-the-final-hurdle-against-australia]] <br>More: <a href='http://www.theroar.com.au/2014/04/08/in-rugby-politics-new-zealand-must-and-will-side-with-australia/' >http://www.theroar.com.au/2014/04/08/in-rugby-politics-new-zealand-must-and-will-side-with-australia/</a>




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