Associated Press and Bloomberg’s is reporting that Steve Jobs has passed away. Apple has confirmed the death. He was 56.
The mega-star and one half of Brangelina is already a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN but she and the organisation are working together to find something ‘new and bigger’ which would involve dealing with refugee issues around the world. The agency said it and Ms Jolie wanted to get things ‘right’ before settling on any options. Among the possibilities under discussion are a new role as special envoy on the refugee crisis affecting Afghans fleeing for Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan and Iran host some 2.7 million Afghan refugees. Jolie told diplomats and officials with the refugee agency that her work for them has been “moving, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding, and unforgettable”.
A group of some of the world’s leading scientists and economists have sent Prime Minister Julia Gillard a formal letter congratulating her on the carbon pricing legislation, set to pass through Parliament before the end of the year on fast-track. Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Sir David Hendry, head of Oxford University’s Institute for New Economic Thinking and 11 other leading academics from the US, Britain, Norway, Spain and Denmark sent the letter yesterday. They said addressing climate change was ”one of the greatest and most urgent economic challenges facing the world” and the carbon tax, moving to an emissions trading scheme, would ”help ensure emission reductions at the lowest possible cost”.