PLDT Global, Australian firm join hands to boost esports experience

The gaming experience of the eSports community in the country is getting a boost as PLDT Global Corp. has entered into a partnership with Australia-based high-performance gaming infrastructure provider OneQode. Under the partnership, PLDT Global will enable OneQode to deliver unmatched gameplay interactivity and further drive gamer engagement in the region, including the Philippines, through […]

Australian power firm rejects green billionaire’s takeover bid

Australia’s biggest carbon emitter AGL said Monday it had rejected an upped takeover bid from billionaire green activist Mike Cannon-Brookes, who wanted to shutter the energy firm’s coal-fired power plants. AGL — Australia’s largest energy company — said its board had over the weekend rejected a joint bid of $8.25 (US$6) per share from Cannon-Brookes, […]

Leaked memo says rusty Qantas pilots making errors: report

Some Qantas pilots are making mistakes as they return from long breaks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an internal memo reported by Australian media on Wednesday. Among the errors listed in Qantas pilot reports: starting take-off with the parking brake on and misreading the altitude as airspeed, said a report by the Sydney […]

Australian fruit farmers face harvest headache

In near-perfect conditions, thanks to abundant rain and healthy trees, Australian fruit grower Michael Cunial’s cherry orchard looks set to yield a bumper crop. He has just one problem: the harvest. Like many farmers in Australia, during harvests he relies on seasonal workers, many of whom have been shut out of the country since its […]

900 kg of live lobsters seized in Hong Kong

Hong Kong customs officers seized nearly 900 kilograms of live lobsters on a speedboat on Monday night, as authorities step up a crackdown on the smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China. With relations between the two countries strained, China has restricted imports of several Australian products. Among them are lobsters, a sought-after delicacy […]

Sydney Airport poised to sell for $17 billion

Sydney Airport announced Monday it had agreed to a US$17 billion takeover bid by an Australian investor consortium, just days after reopening to international travel. The airport’s board unanimously approved the sale to the Sydney Aviation Alliance — a consortium of infrastructure investors and Australian pension funds — and recommended shareholders vote in favour. The […]

Aussie rock lobsters a Hong Kong security threat: customs chief

Rampant smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China is a national security threat, Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday as she vowed to crack down on the trade. Lobsters are one of a number of products from Australia that China has restricted imports of as relations between the countries plunged. But they remain […]

Man ‘stole’ tag from great white shark

An Australian man has been charged with stealing a monitoring tag from a great white shark, reportedly setting off a string of false shark alarms in Western Australia. Police in the town of Albany charged the 48-year-old man with stealing an “acoustic monitor tag” used to track great white sharks off the coast, they said […]