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This tiny floating hotel off the coast of Australia sleeps 2, costs $1,100 per night, and runs completely on solar power — see inside

Lilypad is a floating hotel off the coast of Sydney, Australia.  It's designed for two guests to stay overnight, starting at $1,142 per night. The floating villa runs entirely on solar power.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Off the coast of Sydney, Australia, Lilypad Palm Beach has a solar-powered hotel that might be the perfect place to vacation during the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel has an offshore villa, Lilypad, that sleeps two guests. The villa runs entirely on s...
Tags: Australia, Trends, Anderson, Sydney Australia, Lilypad, Soel Yachts, Sydney Australia Lilypad Palm Beach, Bora Bora LilyPad


A team of advocacy groups is urging antitrust regulators around the world to take a hard look at the Google-Fitbit merger, saying the deal 'is not in the interest of citizens' (GOOG, FIT)

A letter signed by 20 consumer and citizen advocacy groups is calling on regulators to closely scrutinize Google's proposal to acquire Fitbit. The merger is still under review. European regulators have set a July 20 deadline to make a decision on whether they will allow it to go ahead. The letter's signees, which include the Omidyar Network and Public Knowledge, say they are concerned that the deal would be bad for competition. "Google's proposed acquisition is not in the interest of citizens,...
Tags: Google, Europe, Australia, Ebay, US, Trends, Eu, Brazil, Fitbit, Department Of Justice, Omidyar Network, Public Knowledge, DoubleClick, Pierre Omidyar, Omidyar Network and Public Knowledge, EU Canada Australia Mexico


Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 73 new Covid-19 cases as NSW refuses to accept diverted flights – as it happened

Residents of 10 postcodes in Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered to stay home from midnight tonight. This blog is now closedVictoria’s coronavirus spike continuesFull report: 36 Melbourne suburbs return to lockdownInside Melbourne’s hotspot suburbsEverything we know about Victoria’s clustersFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 11.12am BST We will leave our live coverage of the coronavirus situation in Australia...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Coronavirus Australia updates: Victoria reports 73 new Covid-19 cases as NSW refuses to accept diverted flights – live news

Residents of 10 postcodes in Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered to stay home from midnight tonight. Follow liveVictoria’s coronavirus spike continuesFull report: 36 Melbourne suburbs return to lockdownInside Melbourne’s hotspot suburbsEverything we know about Victoria’s clustersFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 5.28am BST You can trace the daily Covid cases in Australia, here.Nick Evershed updates it as the...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria reports 73 new Covid-19 cases as NSW announces $11,000 fines – live news

Residents of 10 postcodes in Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered to stay home from midnight tonight. Follow liveInside Melbourne’s hotspot suburbsEverything we know about Victoria’s clustersFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 3.24am BST Associate Professor Barbara Mintzes from The University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre and School of Pharmacy said if remdesivir does prove effective in treating Covid-19, th...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Coalition, Australian politics, Netherlands, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria


Coronavirus Australia update: NSW to fine Victorians up to $11,000 if they enter state from lockdown suburbs – live news

Residents of 10 postcodes in Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered to stay home from midnight tonight. Follow liveInside Melbourne’s hotspot suburbsEverything we know about Victoria’s clustersFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 2.07am BST New South Wales health has confirmed the 14 new cases – all are returned travellers.Fourteen new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, brin...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Coronavirus Australia update: Melbourne's hotspot suburbs in lockdown as Victoria struggles to contain outbreak – live news

Residents of 10 postcodes in Melbourne’s north and west have been ordered to stay home from midnight tonight. Follow liveInside Melbourne’s hotspot suburbsEverything we know about Victoria’s clustersFollow the global coronavirus live blogDownload the Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 11.24pm BST Meanwhile, Queensland will go into its stage three of easing restrictions a week earlier than planned, with gatherings of up to 100 people allowed at weddings, community conta...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Make CX Better by Optimizing Your Website and Other Digital Platforms

It’s crazy to think that, just a few months prior, there were still companies out there who didn’t understand the value of taking their business online. Yes, back in 2019, and despite multiple news outlets claiming its end, the brick-and-mortar stores were still thriving and far, far from being extinct. So why would you even need an online presence? But then everything changed when 2020 happened. The Digital Revolution and the Evolution of Business Now, physical stores are pretty much shuttere...
Tags: Business, UK, Australia, US, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Rawpixel, Lila Shearsmith, Inbound Driven Sales


Meet the 21 rising stars who are transforming the future of clean energy and taking on a $16 trillion opportunity

An enormous transition is underway across the electric grid. Power plants that run on fossil fuels are being replaced by solar panels and wind farms, while more batteries and electric vehicles are plugging in.   Once niche, the clean energy industry is going mainstream. Goldman Sachs says it's an investment opportunity worth as much as $16 trillion through 2030.  Within the industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, and workers are bringing a wide range of solutions to bear, from batteries that sto...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Stanford, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Diageo, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Mit


SoftBank-backed companies laid off more than 16,800 people in 2020 as the pandemic ravages startups

SoftBank-backed companies are laying off thousands of employees globally as they struggle to find paths to profitability. In the first full week of 2020, four companies – Oyo, Rappi, Getaround, and Zume – laid off a combined 2,600 employees.  In the last year, other SoftBank-backed companies including WeWork, Uber, Wag, and Fair have also cut their ranks dramatically.  SoftBank also saw significant executive turnover in the beginning of the year. If you work at a SoftBank-backed company, Busin...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, London, Australia, La, China, Ipo, India, Softbank, Israel, US, America, Los Angeles


Australia's Freedom Foods CEO Rory Macleod resigns

The maker of Messy Monkey branded snacks had last week announced Macleod's unexplained leave and said it would write down the value of its inventory and raise provisions for bad debts this year. Macleod has resigned from all board and executive positions, Freedom Foods said in a statement without providing further details.
Tags: Business, News, Australia, MacLeod, Rory MacLeod, Freedom Foods, Messy Monkey


Qantas defends move that crushed Virgin

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has defended his public remarks urging the government not to bail out Virgin Australia, saying to do so would have been a "moral hazard".Australia's flagship carrier showed little sympathy when Virgin made... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Australia, Virgin, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Alan Joyce


Iconic Aussie bikini brand Seafolly goes into administration

Iconic Aussie bikini brand Seafolly has gone into voluntary administration.In a statement, the company cited the toll of the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the collapse.The company currently has 44 stores in Australia... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Australia, Seafolly


Antidepressants linked to increased suicide and self-harm in teens

Australian researchers note a link between rising antidepressant usage and rising suicide rates in youth. Their research pushes back on psychiatry talking points that SSRIs decrease suicide risk. The top method for self-harm and suicide in younger age groups is overdosing antidepressants. In 1947, Dr Howard Rusk published an article in the NY Times. The doctor is advocating for better public education on issues of mental health. Considered to be the founder of rehabilitation medicine, Rusk was...
Tags: Psychology, Australia, Youth, US, America, Mental Health, Depression, Psychiatry, Medical Research, Innovation, New South Wales, Adelaide, Fda, OECD, Perth, Derek


How to handle your private health insurance – in one afternoon a year

If you turned 31 this year, you have until 1 July to avoid a fee loading on private health cover, but experts say there’s no need to panic-buyPrivate health insurance in Australia is kind of an oxymoron. “Every Australian already has health insurance: Medicare,” says Uta Mihm of consumer advocacy group Choice.So why does it exist here at all? Well, that’s the million dollar question. Firstly, it’s important to note that “health insurance” in Australia actually refers to two different types of co...
Tags: Health, Money, Australia, Life and style, Australia news, Private health insurance, Australian lifestyle, Uta Mihm


Construction's digital transformation is speeding up. Here are 10 contech startups to watch.

The pandemic has hit the construction tech space hard, leading to layoffs at SoftBank-backed Katerra and a pause on ProCore's plans for an IPO. But those short-term challenges may lead to long-term gains, with $265 billion in annual profits up for grabs according to McKinsey. Spending on construction technology has actually increased by 50% since the pandemic began by of the companies that McKinsey surveyed. The construction industry, which is notoriously old-school, is embracing technology th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Citigroup, SEC, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Autodesk, Norway, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, Bain, Atomico


Australia could create hundreds of thousands of jobs by accelerating shift to zero emissions – report

Decarbonising the economy by investing in renewable energy, clean buildings, clean transport and manufacturing could help fight the recession Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created in Australia by hurrying the shift to zero greenhouse gas emissions, a study backed by business and investment leaders has found.The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 835,000 jobs have been lost since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown began in March. A report by Beyond Zero Emissions, an energy and cli...
Tags: Energy, Business, Australia, Environment, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Australian politics, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Australian economy, Australian Bureau of Statistics


Coalition plays down reports of permanent $75 rise in jobseeker payment

Social services minister says any talk of permanent change in unemployment payment will be for after coronavirusDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsThe Australian government insists it is focused on the next phase of “short-term measures” to support people through the coronavirus pandemic amid reports it is considering a permanent $75 per week lift in unemployment benefits.The government has b...
Tags: Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Qantas, Australian economy, Centrelink, Coronavirus outbreak


World Cup 2023 will be a massive boost for women's sport – but does it make financial sense?

In the early hours of the morning, we learned Australia and New Zealand won their historic joint bid to host the FIFA 2023 Women's World Cup.It's the first time two nations from different football confederations (Asia and Oceania)... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Asia, Business, Australia, Fifa, New Zealand, Oceania


From Affirm to Klarna, buy now pay later startups are booming. But experts warn juggling explosive growth with responsible lending is a tricky balance.

Buy now, pay later, also known as point-of-sale financing, has been surging as consumers shift their spending online. Fintechs like Affirm, Afterpay, and Klarna have amassed several million customers. They're now looking to expand beyond their installment-lending roots. Affirm is exploring more financial products with the launch of a high-yield savings account, and Klarna just rolled out a loyalty program for its users. With growth comes new challenges, like managing consumer credit at scale. ...
Tags: Australia, China, US, Trends, Walmart, New York Times, Tencent, Square, American Express, Andreessen Horowitz, Jack Dorsey, Max Levchin, Fintech, Kitchenaid, Warby Parker, Snoop Dogg


These are the 19 Airbnb execs rebuilding the company for growth and an IPO amid the biggest travel industry crisis in decades

2020 should have been a celebratory year for Airbnb, a time when founder CEO Brian Chesky took the company public in one of the biggest tech IPOs of the decade. Instead COVID-19 hit and devastated the travel industry and Airbnb was forced to trim about 25% of its workforce and bench some of its more ambitious moonshot plans. As the world begins to ease travel restrictions, Airbnb is expected to eventually bounce back to its former glory, if it can execute well. It is up to these 19 Airbnb exec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Japan, Australia, Eric Holder, Ebay, Ipo, Africa, Disney, San Francisco, Trends, Hp, Spain


Coronavirus Australia: Brendan Murphy expects country's borders will stay closed until Covid-19 vaccine found – as it happened

Outgoing chief medical officer ‘confident’ a vaccine will be developed, while Tasmania sets date to reopen borders. This blog is now closedBrendan Murphy expects Australian borders to stay closed until vaccine foundNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 9.18am BST We will leave you for now. Thank you for reading. Have a great Friday night. ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy, Murphy


Coronavirus Australia update: Brendan Murphy expects country's borders will stay closed until Covid-19 vaccine found – live news

Outgoing chief medical officer ‘confident’ a vaccine will be found, while Tasmania sets date to reopen borders. Follow liveBrendan Murphy expects Australian borders to stay closed until vaccine foundNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 9.18am BST We will leave you for now. Thank you for reading. Have a great Friday night. 9.14am BST Le...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy, Murphy


Coronavirus Australia update: Tasmania sets border reopen date as Victoria reports 30 new Covid-19 cases – live news

Premier Peter Gutwein says date could shift if conditions change; five of Victoria’s new cases are from hotel quarantine. Follow liveNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 6.32am BST [Cont from previous post]Federation ReformNational Cabinet today agreed that former Director-General of t...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Cabinet, Australian economy


Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria reports 30 new Covid-19 cases as Woolworths reintroduces national purchase limit on toilet paper – live news

Five of Victoria’s new cases are from hotel quarantine; Northern Territory chief minister says people from areas with spikes will be quarantined at their own cost. Follow liveNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 4.34am BST ScoMo is starting on a happy note, celebrating Australia and NZ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Nz, Australian economy


Coronavirus Australia update: Victoria reports 30 new Covid-19 cases as NT blocks people coming from hotspots – live news

Five of Victoria’s new cases are from hotel quarantine; Northern Territory chief minister says people from areas with spikes will be quarantined at their own cost. Follow liveNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 3.31am BST Here is a little more information on those Sydney ASIO raids, v...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Virgin Australia, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory


Coronavirus Australia update: NSW reports six new Covid-19 cases as NT blocks people coming from hotspots – live news

Five of the state’s new cases are from hotel quarantine; NT chief minister says people from areas with spikes will be quarantined at their own cost. Follow liveNSW reports new casesNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikesFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 2.28am BST Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath spoke to media earlier, urging reside...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian economy, NSW


Victoria coronavirus hotspots: can you travel to and from suburbs with Covid outbreaks?

Residents of Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham are being urged not to leave VictoriaAustralia coronavirus updates liveHere’s everything we know about Melbourne’s Covid-19 clustersAustralia’s Covid-19 restrictions explainedSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsThe message from New South Wales towards Victorians living in 10 h...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Victoria, Melbourne, NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, Brad Hazzard, Pakenham, Coronavirus outbreak, Pakenham Continue


Coronavirus Australia update: NT blocks people from Covid hotspots and Virgin Australia bidder Cyrus Capital pulls out – live news

State’s chief minister says people from areas with spikes in cases will be quarantined at their own cost; Bain Capital remains only bidder for embattled airline. Follow liveNT issues strict restrictions amid Victoria Covid spikeCyrus withdraws Virgin Australia offerFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 1.10am BST With that, I’ll be handing the blog over to the w...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Iran, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Tehran, Virgin Australia, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia


Coronavirus Australia update: Virgin Australia bidder Cyrus Capital pulls out as second Sydney school closes – live news

Bain Capital remains only bidder for embattled airline; a year 7 student tests positive at a school in Sydney’s south-west. Follow liveCyrus withdraws Virgin Australia offerCamden High School closes after positive Covid-19 testFollow the global coronavirus liveblogSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 12.29am BST From this morning, a huge exclusive from Christopher Knaus on the secretive Bernard Col...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Fifa, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Virgin Australia, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia



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