21 November 2018 - US-China Trade Tensions Threaten Global Stability
Tensions between the United States and
China continue to threaten global economic stability. The tortured relationship
between the world's two largest economies dominated the recent APEC summit in
Port Moresby, with both countries struggling to find common ground when it came
to defining trade tactics and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
While the upcoming meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in
Argentina is promising, analysts have warned of rising global trade tensions
and reduced domestic demand in China if the situation remains unresolved.
13 November 2018 - Sydney Becomes Buyers' Market
Falling property prices signify a muted end
to the booming Sydney market, with prices continuing to decline in key parts of
the city. While the Reserve Bank has yet to make a move, banks seem cautious
about the new conditions as they raise interest rates and initiate more
cautious lending practices. Despite the decline, most people are expecting a
mild decrease in prices over a lengthy period of time rather than a housing
market crash. Some experts have already come out saying that Sydney is now a
buyers' market, with the rate of decline seeming to stabilise over recent
months as the amount of stock continues to grow.
9 November 2018 - Leading Tech Products This Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, which
means it's almost time to get out your credit card and start shopping. From new
gaming devices and wearable fitness gadgets through to household tech and
mobile speakers, technology always plays an important role during the holiday
period. Let's take a look at some of the best tech products available this
year, to give you some ideas for gifts to place under the tree.
6 November 2018 - The Health Effects of Microplastics
Plastics are a common feature of modern
life, with different types of plastics found in everything from the clothes we
wear through to the beauty products we put on our skin. While these moldable
polymers are ubiquitous and can be highly useful, they have also been
associated with a range of problematic health issues. Microplastics are causing
particular concern among healthcare professionals, with these tiny pieces of
plastic either directly added to consumer products or created accidentally when
larger plastics break down.
2 November 2018 - Bike Use Around the World
When it comes to cycling culture and
infrastructure, some countries have a much better approach than others. While
there are more than one billion bicycles in the world, the distribution curve
is far from equal. Some cities embrace bikes with open arms, and others seem
reticent to set up bike-friendly infrastructure. If adopted, bike use is more
than just a way to get around your favourite city, it also has the ability to
improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint. Let's take a look at the
most bicycle friendly destinations on Earth and how they differ from the
struggling bike culture in Australia and New Zealand.
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