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US gas stations run out of fuel

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The cyberattack on one of America’s Colonial Pipeline is starting to impact consumers and businesses across the United States.

Gas stations across the US have begun reporting fuel shortages, primarily because of what analysts say is being caused on unwarranted panic-buying among drivers.

Panicked drivers have been seen banking up their cars in long lines at petrol stations across America’s East Coast, as they rushed to fill their cars amid fear supply could soon temporarily run out.

The pipeline supplies the East Coast of America with about 45 percent of its fuel but has now been offline for four days after a cyber attack.

The Governments Response

Government officials have acted swiftly to waive safety and environmental rules to speed the delivery of fuel by truck, ship or rail to motorists and airports, even as they sought to assure the public that there was no cause for alarm.

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In some good news, a large part of the pipeline has now resumed operations manually and Colonial hopes that it will begin restarting most of its operations by the end of the week, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

Motorists may still feel a crunch because it takes a few days to ramp up operations, but she said there is no reason to panic-buy fuel.

“We know that we have gasoline; we just have to get it to the right places”

S&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the number of gas stations encountering shortages at more than 1,000.

Why the country’s biggest fuel pipeline system has shutdown:

One of the United States’ major fuel pipeline operators has shut its entire network following a cyber attack that involved ransomware.

Colonial Pipeline, the source of nearly half of the US east coast’s fuel supply, said they had engaged a cyber security firm to help the investigation and contacted law enforcement and federal agencies after the attack.

The biggest U.S. gasoline pipeline won’t resume full operations for at least several more days due to a ransomware cyberattack blamed on a shadowy criminal network called DarkSide.

The attack on the Colonial Pipeline is one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes ever reported.

The cyber attack on one of America’s Colonial Pipeline is starting to impact consumers and businesses across the United States.

Gas stations across the US have begun reporting fuel shortages, primarily because of what analysts say is being caused on unwarranted panic-buying among drivers.

Panicked drivers have been seen banking up their cars in long lines at petrol stations across America’s East Coast, as they rushed to fill their cars amid fear supply could soon temporarily run out.

The pipeline supplies the East Coast of America with about 45 percent of its fuel but has now been offline for four days after a cyber attack.

North Carolina issues State of Emergency due to fuel supply issues

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency to help ensure adequate supplies are delivered.

“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel” 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

Aviation Impact

American Airlines says it has been impacted by the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline

The airline says it has added a stop on two long-haul flights out of Charlotte North Carolina, because of a fuel supply shortage due to the recent colonial pipeline outage

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Bitcoin surges closer to all-time high

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Bitcoin surged to new heights on Monday, inching ever closer to its all-time high as the cryptocurrency market continued its bullish momentum following a weekend pause.

The flagship cryptocurrency recorded a remarkable 7.65% increase, reaching a price of $67,608.30, according to data from Coin Metrics.

Earlier in the day, it peaked at $67,977.77, marking its highest level since November 2021 when it achieved its previous all-time high. Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, also experienced gains, rising by 3.41% and trading near January 2022 highs at $3,588.83.

Both bitcoin and ether are riding the wave of their best week in almost a year, with bitcoin witnessing a 21% surge and ether climbing by 16%.

However, the weekend saw a temporary halt in their ascent as the market absorbed two days of significant outflows from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which were offset by inflows into other newly launched bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Market dynamics

Antoni Trenchev, co-founder of crypto exchange Nexo, noted the influence of these new ETFs on market dynamics, suggesting that major movements are now occurring during regular trading days rather than weekends. He emphasized the potential for explosive price action amidst strong demand from these new spot ETFs.

Although bitcoin currently stands around 3% below its intraday record of $68,982.20, it continues to uplift other crypto tokens, particularly meme coins like Dogecoin and Shiba Inu coin, which surged by 14% and 45% respectively.

Analysts interpret this as a sign of renewed interest from retail investors in the crypto market, as meme tokens’ weekly trade volume recently reached its highest level since late 2021.

Meanwhile, the rally in crypto equities varied, with Coinbase and Microstrategy experiencing gains of 11% and 24% respectively, while miners witnessed a downturn.

Companies such as CleanSpark, Cipher Mining, Iris Energy, Marathon Digital, and Riot Platforms faced declines ranging from 5% to 7% as concerns over the upcoming halving event in April weighed on investor sentiment.

Although some analysts foresee potential short-term corrections due to extreme profit margins, long-term investors remain optimistic.

They anticipate sustained upward momentum driven by increasing demand through new U.S. ETFs and tightening supply post-April halving.

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Taxing times: 64% of Aussies think they pay too much tax

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As the cost of living continues to rise, a staggering 64% of Australians are voicing their concern over the amount of tax they pay annually, according to recent research conducted by Finder, Australia’s leading comparison site.

The survey, which polled 1,004 respondents, found that nearly two-thirds of Australians, equating to approximately 13 million individuals, feel burdened by the tax they contribute each financial year.

Of particular note is the sentiment among millennials, with a striking 80% expressing dissatisfaction with their tax contributions. Following closely behind are Gen Xers, with 72% sharing similar sentiments. Comparatively, Gen Z (63%) and baby boomers (39%) exhibit less discontent with their tax obligations.

Sarah Megginson, a personal finance expert at Finder, highlighted the strain that the cost of living imposes on individuals’ financial situations.

“Budgets are stretched thin, with many struggling to make ends meet,” she noted. “While inflation is trending downwards, the financial burden remains heavy for a significant portion of Australians.”

Tax hope

However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

The Australian government has announced plans to implement tax cuts commencing July 1, aimed at providing relief to taxpayers grappling with the escalating cost of living.

According to Finder’s analysis, Australians earning between $45,000 and $135,000 annually stand to benefit from a further tax cut of $804, in addition to previously announced reductions.

This translates to a substantial increase in disposable income, potentially alleviating financial strain for many households.

For instance, an individual earning the median Australian income of $83,200 could expect a tax cut of $1,759 over 12 months, nearly double the previous $955 reduction.

Meanwhile, those earning over $200,000 annually will receive approximately $4,529 under the new stage 3 tax cuts, compared to $9,075 under the previous scheme.

Money back

Megginson emphasized the significance of this financial injection in easing the burden of everyday expenses.

“Those struggling with everyday costs will see more money back in their pocket to help battle expenses,” she remarked.

“If your budget allows, stashing some of this extra cash is a wise move. Every bit helps build a buffer for those unexpected rainy days.”

Megginson advised individuals to explore avenues for potential savings, such as switching service providers to reduce expenses. For those unable to save, she recommended allocating the extra funds towards paying down debt and bills to alleviate financial pressure.

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Anticipation builds for US jobs data and it’s global impact

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What to expect on. a global scale as investors brace for key U.S. employment figures.

Investors and economists are eagerly awaiting the release of the latest US jobs data, anticipating its potential impact on global market trends.

The numbers are expected to provide crucial insights into the health of the world’s largest economy and may influence investment decisions and market sentiments worldwide.

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