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Queensland’s latest community COVID case transmitted in hotel quarantine, says CHO

Queensland’s latest community COVID case transmitted in hotel quarantine, says CHO

A young woman who tested positive for COVID-19 after she was released from Brisbane hotel quarantine is likely to have contracted the virus from a fellow guest. But authorities do not know how the transmission occurred, in a situation set to cast a further shadow over Australia’s quarantine system for international arrivals. The woman, aged in her 30s, arrived on a flight from Portugal on June 5 before being isolated in the Four Points Hotel in Brisbane CBD. On the weekend, she returned a positive after she was released into the community, visiting a number of sites including a shopping...

Business

Asian Renewable Energy Hub plan for WA rejected by federal government on environmental grounds

Asian Renewable Energy Hub plan for WA rejected by federal government on environmental grounds

Proponents of the world’s largest renewable energy project are facing a significant hurdle, with the federal Environment Minister rejecting plans for a WA hub. The federal government-backed plans for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) in the Pilbara last year, granting the venture major project status. However, new environmental approvals were needed after the group of companies behind the project — the AREH consortium — amended its plans, opting to renewably produce ammonia for export to Asia, rather than electricity. The plans included clearing land for wind and solar infrastructure, developing pipelines to transport ammonia, and building a new town...

Technology

TikTok owner ByteDance sees its earnings double in 2020

TikTok owner ByteDance sees its earnings double in 2020

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year. An internal memo released to staff showed that the firm’s total revenue jumped by 111% to $34.3bn (£24.7bn) for 2020. The figures underscore TikTok’s continued global popularity. It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come under increasing pressure from governments around the world. ByteDance also saw its annual gross profit rise by 93% to to $19bn, while it recorded a net loss of $45bn for the same period. The net loss was attributed to a one-off accounting adjustment and not...