The federal government has given the go-ahead for a private Chinese company to buy Australia’s largest dairy farming business.
The giant Tasmanian Van Diemen’s Land Company, which can now be sold to Lu Xianfeng’s Moon Lake Investments for $280 million, is responsible for the production of 100 million litres of milk a year.
The potential change of ownership had sparked concern about milk shortages and an increase in the cost of infant formula. However, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer has said that will not be a problem. “There won’t be a shortage; it’s very, very false for people to claim that because of a commercial agreement… that this will somehow lead to an increase in price of baby formula,” she told the Seven Network.
Two dead in Belmore car crash
Two men were killed and one critically injured in a car crash in Belmore in Sydney’s south-west early today.
The vehicle smashed into a power pole near Victory Street on Canterbury Road at approximately 3:40am, crushing the car and trapping the driver and passengers. Police said one man died at the scene and two, both in critical condition, were admitted to St George Hospital by paramedics. One has since died. A spokesman from the NSW Transport Management Centre confirmed both lanes of Canterbury Road were shut while police examined the cause of the crash.
Sydney teen bride charged over terror plot
Alo-Bridget Namoa, wife of terror suspect Sameh Bayda, has been charged with planning to help her husband commit an act of terrorism. Counter-terrorism police arrested the 18-year-old at a Guildford home yesterday morning and taken to Merrylands police station. She was later charged with possessing an item and documents related to a terrorist act.
Police said Ms Namoa was “previously the subject of a Firearm Prohibition Order served on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, at which time a number of items were seized”.
Bushfire danger as extreme heatwave hits NSW
A fire ban has been issued for large parts of NSW this week amid high fire danger. NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Paul Best has said crews are on standby on the border between NSW and Victoria. “Winds are travelling at 60km/h, so if a fire starts, it’s going to be fairly fast moving,” Mr Best said.
This February will be among the warmest 5 per cent on record, according to Ageta Imielska, senior climatologist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney. “It is very rare to have a period of four days over 30 degrees affecting those regions,” Ms Imielska said. The last week of February will see temperatures of 32C and 34C in Sydney CBD, and up to 41C in Penrith.
Selfies as passwords
Recording a short video of yourself will be the next step to verify mobile transactions. MasterCard announced the new security option at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. The selfie video will replace passwords. Consumers will fill in their credit card details as usual, then take a selfie video including a blink so the system knows you are not holding up a photo. MasterCard says that the function will be an easier and more secure way of verifying payments.
MasterCard’s security chief Ajay Bhalla, announcing the innovation, said that consumers hate passwords. “In the modern world everyone has a mobile phone and there is internet connectivity everywhere. So, we should be able to use biometrics [instead] to authenticate ourselves.” – Compiled from web sources by Rebecka Davidsson and Samantha Barrie
Screengrab of Van Diemen’s Land Company cattle from The Dive Production Ltd’s YouTube channel.