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French aerospace industry appeals for state aid

The French aerospace industry has called for more state aid to help it weather the global economic crisis that has left aviation giants struggling with order cancellations.

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The president of the GIFAS French aerospace industries association, Charles Edelstenne, said small businesses especially needed a boost from the government to help them secure access to credit and avoid job cuts.

A 1.7 billion euro (2.4 billion dollar) rescue package earmarked for the industry is an “excellent initiative,” Edelstenne told a news conference, but he added that “more must be done.”

“As an economic regulator, the state can intervene in a significant way,” said Edelstenne, who is also the chief executive of Dassault Aviation.

Aviation giants like Airbus and Boeing are predicting a drop in world demand for new aircraft of up to 60 percent in 2009 due to the global economic crunch and tight credit.

Edelstenne was speaking amid gloom ahead of the Paris air show opening next Monday which this year is expected to announce fewer orders.

Organisers are nevertheless hoping to make a splash to mark the 100th anniversary of the trade event held in Le Bourget, just outside Paris.

Edelstenne said the state had yet to make clear the terms for access to easy credit designed to help airline companies maintain their plane orders and warned the delay could be costly.

“Without this, we are going to lose markets and our customers are going to cancel or delay deliveries scheduled for 2009 and 2010,” he said.

The Dassault CEO said there would be no announcement at the air show concerning the long-awaited sale of Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

The worst global slump in decades has devastated the airline industry, with passenger numbers plunging more than 11 percent in March compared to a year earlier, according to data from the International Air Transport Association.

Obama speeds up stimulus spending

Acknowledging that the US economy remains in a “very deep recession”, President Barack Obama has announced plans to accelerate stimulus spending to save or create 600,000 jobs over the next three months.

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Obama’s candid assessment of the state of the economy followed the loss of another 345,000 jobs in May, which pushed the US unemployment rate to 9.4 per cent, a 26-year high.

“It’s a reminder that we’re still in the middle of a very deep recession that was years in the making and that’s going to take a considerable amount of time for us to pull out of,” said on Monday before meeting with his cabinet.

Obama said the job losses were less than expected, a sign that his $US787 billion ($A980 billion) economic stimulus plan was moving in “the right direction,” but not quickly enough to ward off concerns of a “self-reinforcing” downward spiral.

“Our whole task here with the recovery act is to reverse that negative cycle into a positive cycle and it’s going to take some work,” he said.

Accelerate stimulus spending

Obama said the government was ready to accelerate stimulus spending with the goal of creating of saving 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days through summer youth programs, school and public works projects.

In a statement, the White House said the 600,000 jobs represented “four times the number created or saved in the first 100 days” since the plan was signed into law on February 17 — about 150,000 jobs.

So far, $US135 billion ($A168 billion) have been obligated under the stimulus plan, which Obama has said would create or save more than three million jobs over two years, a number critics have charged is difficult to verify.

A new Gallup poll released on Monday showed that while 67 per cent of Americans viewed Obama favorably, only 45 per cent approved of his handling of federal spending — with a 51 per cent majority disapproving.

New projects

The 10 new projects announced included improvements on 98 airports and more than 1,500 highways, federal funding for 135,000 education jobs and maintenance work at 359 military bases and other facilities.

“The only measure of progress is whether or not the American people are seeing some progress in their own lives,” Obama said.

“And so although we’ve seen some stabilising in the financial markets and credit spreads have gone down, we’re seeing a reduction in the fear that gripped the market just a few months ago,” he said.

Obama’s plans have been criticised by some economists, who accuse him of increasing an already record public deficit, and by his Republican foes, who doubt his plans will effectively turn the tide on the economic slump.

White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee warned that the unemployment rate was likely to continue to rise as more stimulus projects receive federal funding.

“I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to be a rough patch not just in the immediate term, but for a little bit of time,” he told the Fox News Sunday program.

Aussie cities high in liveability ranking

Australian cities occupy five of the top 20 places in a British survey ranking the liveability of 140 of the world’s major centres.

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Melbourne ranked third in the world, behind Vancouver in Canada and the Austrian city of Vienna in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2009 Liveability survey.

Read The Economist article here.

It assessed 140 cities based on stability, health care, education, infrastructure and culture and environment, giving each one a rating out of 100.

Perth ranks high

Perth was equal fifth with Calgary in Canada, with Sydney sharing ninth place with Zurich in Switzerland, Adelaide in 11th place and Brisbane 16th on the list.

As well as Vancouver and Calgary, Canadian cities also featured strongly in the top 20, with Toronto (4th) and Montreal (17th).

The New Zealand cities of Auckland and Wellington finished 12th and 23rd respectively.

US centres were well down the list. Pittsburgh ranked highest, in 29th place.

The highest-ranked Asian city was Osaka in Japan (13th). The next highest was Hong Kong (equal 39th with Madrid, Spain) followed by Singapore (54th) and Seoul, South Korea (58th).

Harare bottom of the list

The worst city to live on earth is Harare, the strife-torn capital of Zimbabwe.

“The performance of Asian cities reflects the diverse levels of development throughout the region,” EIU spokesman Jon Copestake said.

“Australian cities represent many of the best aspects of liveability, while instability in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh means that cities in South Asia fare much worse.”

The Economist Intelligence Unit is a branch of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist, a weekly news magazine, in London.

Mums turn to internet to find breast milk

Australian mothers are turning to the internet to find breast milk for their babies as part of an international move back to wet nursing.

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Human breast milk contains antibodies that help prevent illness and may boost intelligence and resistance to allergies.

But mothers using unscreened breast milk risk passing on illnesses including HIV and hepatitis, the newspapers said.

One woman who was unable to feed naturally used the internet to buy frozen breast milk, said other mothers abused her despite her insistence the milk was medically checked.

“I got lots of mothers telling me it was disgusting, (asking) how could I give another woman’s milk to my baby,” she said.

“Knowing she was sick when she was born, you just want to give them the best.” she said.

Breast milk banks

Marea Ryan, who runs the Gold Coast’s Mothers Milk Bank, one of only two recognised breast milk banks in Australia, said new mothers were forced underground to get breast milk because her bank and the other, in WA, offered only local supply.

“They (interstate mums) have to have a donor as a private arrangement; another mother who is happy to give them milk,” she said.

Breastfeeding Australia national spokeswoman Carey Wood said the association did not condone private milk-sharing arrangements and asked a Senate inquiry for a national network of breast milk banks in 2007.

“We’d recommend that people do not go through unauthorised breast milk donors,” Ms Wood said.

In the US, breast milk has sold online for up to $1.90 for 20ml.

Woman in Zappia row breaks silence

The woman at the centre of damning allegations against besieged Cronulla chief executive Tony Zappia says she is willing to meet with NRL boss David Gallop to explain her version of the incident that left her with a black eye.

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On the same day Zappia voluntarily stood down from his post to weigh up his legal position, former Sharks community liaison officer Jenny Hall told the Seven Network Zappia had accidentally hit her before telling her not to talk to anyone.

Hall maintained her silence after leaving her position at the club several months after the incident – with reports of a $20,000 payout – but said she was now prepared to discuss the incident with the NRL.

“If David (Gallop) wants to talk to me I’m more than happy to talk to him,” Hall said.

The NRL said it had always been willing to meet with Hall, but talks are unlikely to take place before the Sharks have determined Zappia’s future later this week.

Among a long list of allegations, Hall repeated claims that Zappia had offered to let her spank him as punishment for the black eye and had opened pornographic material on his computer while Hall was in the room with him.

“There I am, your employee that you have just given a black eye to who is in tears and there you are focusing on a pornographic picture,” Hall said of the incident.

After standing down on Monday, Zappia was given until Thursday to save his job following an emergency meeting of the football club’s board.

“The board has requested a response from Tony Zappia and his legal team by Thursday,” outgoing chairman Barry Pierce said from the steps of Sharks leagues club.

“He’s entitled to his due process and being a long weekend, he can’t do anything today.

“He’s standing down and I can’t say much more at this stage.”

Asked whether Zappia’s position was in jeopardy, Pierce said: “A lot will depend on what comes back from his legal advice and there’s a lot to look at I believe.”

The Sharks board will also request a copy of the recordings from the Seven Network in a bid to establish its authenticity and the context in which a number of the statements attributed to Zappia were used.

Sharks staff members will also be interviewed to provide background information on the incident.

Zappia did not return news agency AAP’s calls on Monday, but News Limited reports on Monday said Zappia believed the recordings may have been a set-up.

“I don’t remember saying it and who knows whether it was a cut and paste recording,” Zappia said.

Hall also lifted the lid on allegations that players had been given sex toys, a claim the Sharks board denied last week following allegations made in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Although admitting she never saw the toys, Hall said she was certain they were distributed.

“They were handed out at training,” Hall said.

International Green alliance unveils climate plan

An alliance of international green groups has unveiled their ideal for a new climate treaty, calling on rich nations to slash their carbon pollution by more than 40 per cent by 2020 and by 95 per cent by 2050.

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Their envisioned Copenhagen Climate Treaty was released at the latest staging post in UN talks towards a real-life pact, designed to be completed in the Danish capital in December.

“Industrialised countries, as a group, should commit to an emissions pathway that includes targets for industrial greenhouse gases of at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020,” the 50-page text said.

Written by 50 climate experts working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace and WWF International, the mock treaty challenges all 192 countries especially rich economies to set more ambitious goals for cutting CO2 output.

It also calls on rich nations to cough up at least $US160 billion ($A200 billion) per year from 2013 through 2017 to help poor countries to cut their own emissions and adapt to the warming already underway.

It says developing countries including major carbon polluters China and India should slow the growth of their CO2 emissions through national policies, but does not set any firm targets.

Goals

The goal of a 40-per cent cut by rich nations goes far beyond what any advanced economy has offered.

The European Union has committed to a 20-per cent reduction by 2020, deepened to 30 per cent if others follow suit.

The United States, under President Barack Obama, has proposed a reduction of 14 per cent by 2020, but uses a less ambitious benchmark year of 2005, which translates into a cut of about four per cent compared with 1990.

It has also called prospects for a 40 per cent cut by the US “unrealistic”.

The green groups’ long-term target of a 95 per cent cut by 2050 compares with a goal of 80 per cent set by the EU and the United States.

Damien Demailly of WWF International said the NGOs’ “treaty” was feasible and hoped it would speed up negotiations, with less than six months left on the clock.

“Every country will find things (in the text) they don’t like but which are compensated by other things,” he said.

The proposals are entirely within the existing format of talks and do not seek to “revolutionise” negotiations, he said.

Delegates gather

More than 4,000 delegates are gathered in Bonn until June 12 to hammer out the parametres for a negotiation blueprint.

In its current state, the text on the table is little more than a compilation of positions, which vary widely on almost every key point.

There is no consensus among climate scientists about what is a safe level of warming, but many have urged policymakers to peg the rise to no more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

This would require cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent by rich countries by 2020, but would also require a brake in the growth of emissions by the emerging giants, according the the UN’s panel of climate scientists.

Top economies signal recession may be easing: OECD

Leading economies are showing fragile signs that the economic crisis driving recession in many countries may be easing or have reached a low point, the OECD said on Monday on the basis of April data.

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But the damaging effects of the global crisis are still worsening in many emerging economies, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

The OECD said that although it was too soon to say if data for leading industrialised countries marked “a temporary or a more durable turning point,” its index of leading indicators showed that the dire winds of contraction were easing.

The latest monthly figures, for April, “point to a reduced pace of deterioration in most of the OECD economies with stronger signals of a possible trough in Canada, France, Italy and the United Kingdon,” the OECD said.

Compared with data for the previous month “positive signals are also emerging in Germany, Japan and the United States.”

This data for April appears to run parallel with signals from many leading stock markets that have rallied strongly since the first week of March.

But the OECD warned that countries outside the 30-member OECD group “still face deteriorating conditions, with the exception of China and India, where tentative signs of a trough have also emerged.”

The measure of composite leading indicators (CLI), which track such factors as production activity, showed that the CLI for the overall OECD area rose by half a point in April but was 8.3 points lower than in April 2008.

The indicator for the United States rose by 0.2 points in April but was 10.8 points below the level 12 months earlier. The CLI for the eurozone rose by 0.8 points in the month but was down 6.3 points over 12 months, and the figure for Japan was up 0.1 points in the month

and down 11.9 points over 12 months. The figure for Germany rose by 0.1 points in April and fell 13.4 points over 12 months.

Outside the OECD area, the figure for China rose by 0.9 points in April but was 8.3 points down over 12 months.

Attacks on Indians ‘not racially-motivated’

The assault of two Indian men by a group of Lebanese men, which sparked a reprisal attack, was not racially motivated, police say.

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Police were called to Wigram Street at Harris Park, in Sydney’s west, just before 9pm (AEST) on Monday after an Indian man in his early 20s was attacked by a group of Lebanese men.

Parramatta Local Area Commander Superintendent Robert Redfern said there was a second, separate assault of an another Indian man at the same time in the same area.

‘History of student attacks’

“One gentleman did not wish to proceed at all and the other one received very minor injuries,” Supt Redfern told ABC Radio.

“I don’t think there’s any suggestion that they are racially motivated.

“There has been some history of students being attacked, not just in Harris Park, that’s been an issue in the community.

“There is a suggestion that these incidents last night were racially motivated. Certainly it would appear to us they were opportunistic and this is an area of Harris Park where there is a very large Indian community.”

A crowd of about 200 Indian men gathered in Wigram Street after the assaults, attacking three Lebanese men.

But Supt Redfern said the men, who were treated by ambulance officers for minor cuts and bruising, may not have been the same ones responsible for the attacks on Indians.

“I don’t think there’s any way we could suggest that,” he said.

“We wouldn’t know at this stage.”

‘Hockey sticks, baseball bats’

Supt Redfern said there was no suggestion knives had been used.

“There were certainly suggestions people had either baseball bats or hockey sticks and the like,” he said.

He said police had devoted enough resources to the area, where there had been a reduction in crime.

But there was a safety issue for the many students who lived in Harris Park, employed in the sort of student jobs which meant they started and finished late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

“We’re happy to work with this community, it’s a community we have been working with for the past couple of years,” he said.

No charges have been laid.

IMF says eurozone recovery will be slow

“The recovery is likely to be slow and its shape and timing highly uncertain,” the International Monetary Fund said on Monday after annual consultations with the 16 eurozone economies.

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It said that while government actions taken so far have helped stabilise the European banking system, policymakers needed to take “further decisive action, especially in the financial sector”, it said in a statement.

The banking system continued to face “stresses” while conditions for access to bank lending were tight, funding costs remained high, and some segments of the financial markets were functioning poorly, the Washington-based Fund said.

“Moreover, sizeable losses lie ahead as the recession unfolds. As a result, the financial sector is hamstrung in fulfilling its vital intermediation role,” it pointed out.

IMF forecast

The IMF had forecast in April that Europe’s economy will shrink 4.2 per cent in 2009 and 0.4 per cent in 2010.

Central banks in Europe have lowered their interest rates considerably to cope with its worst recession since World War II.

The IMF said “tentative signs of improvement” from the recession had “yet to germinate into a recovery” in Europe.

It said a “key missing element” from the European strategy to address the crisis was a “proactive” strategy to deal with a weakened financial system.

It involved a review of capital needs to manage the recession, a cleansing of the financial system of its impaired assets, and a restructuring of weakened institutions, the Fund said.

“The momentum to reform Europe’s financial stability arrangements triggered by the crisis should be seized without delay, and extended to efforts to deliver fiscal sustainability and to structural reforms, with the latter crucial to shore up flagging growth potential,” it said.

Co-ordination

The IMF sought “more effective coordination of policy actions across areas and borders, including support for neighbouring emerging economies”, to help restore confidence in the region’s economy.

It also highlighted “strong disinflationary pressures” in the eurozone, adding that the recent euro appreciation and large and widening output gaps “will depress pricing power”.

New faces sworn into Rudd ministry

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s frontbench reshuffle is now official following the swearing-in of 15 new ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

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Governor-General Quentin Bryce, dressed in an emerald green skirt-suit, presided over the ceremony recognising 20 portfolio changes at Government House in Yarralumla on Tuesday.

The reshuffle was prompted by former Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation last week following revelations he had breached the ministerial code of conduct.

Newly-appointed Defence Minister John Faulkner was the first to take his oath as Mr Rudd presented each politician to Ms Bryce in order of precedence.

Joe Ludwig, who will take over Senator Faulkner’s roles as cabinet secretary and special minister of state went next, followed by Chris Bowen.

Mr Bowen was promoted to Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law, and Minister for Human Services.

Only two women were elevated as part of the reshuffle.

Kate Ellis picked up early childhood education and childcare to go with her portfolios of sport and youth.

Maxine McKew will swap her childcare and early childhood education parliamentary secretary role for infrastructure,

transport and regional development, and local government.

Ms Bryce said she admired and respected those who chose to serve the community through public office.

But she warned it was a tough job and offered the group some simple, yet sage advice.

“In your great battle against time, probably the toughest one we have in 2009, set aside some time for replenishment of your intellectual and physical wellbeing, to recharge and reflect,” she said.