Your cellphone is state of the art, and so is your laptop and tablet computer - but peeking from the cobwebbed corner in your living room is the bulgy TV with the potbelly backside and the fish bowel surface, much like the TV your grandfather used to watch John Wayne riding off into the sunset.
The Australian government has recently announced that starting on July 1 2012 there will be a "tax on carbon." According to scientific research widely, but not universally, accepted, the emission of carbon (or more accurately, carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere is leading to irreversible global climate change that will, unless limited, eventually terminate human life on Earth. It is, as Kevin Rudd, eschewing the risk of understatement, said in 2009 when he was Prime Minister of Australia, the "greatest moral challenge of our time."
Shareholders in empowered gaming company Grand Parade Investments would be forgiven for suspecting - given past history and the recent events unfolding around the company involving the management contract to some fairly lucrative casinos - that Hassan Adams has been persuaded to cash in his chips rather than risk an extended run on the table. And they would be best served to ask why when they are asked to vote on a deal recently unveiled between it and Sun International.