記事原文 Brisbane house prices under water after deluge, says Australian Property Monitors From: The Australian April 28, 2011 8:05AM THE devastating Queensland floods, coupled with several years of economic decline, have made Brisbane the cheapest place to buy a house of all the mainland capital cities. In the March quarter the average house sale price in Brisbane was $448,669 compared with $452,546 in Adelaide, according to Australian Property Monitors. Median house prices dropped in all capital cities except for Canberra in the period, but the 2 per cent drop in Brisbane was the highest of all mainland capital cities, suggesting that the floods have made an impact. It has been a slow and steady decline for Brisbane, with houses falling by 4.3 per cent over 12 months. Perth house prices have also fallen by 4.3 per cent over the year, although the market was generally inflated after rapid growth in the middle of last decade. "When that happens, people aren't as keen to buy and on the other end sellers decide to hold on to their house and not to sell.
豪では規模の大小はありますが洪水と山火事、年中行事のように起こります。 住宅購入されるなら土地の低い所と山の中は避けたほうが無難ですね。 ここメルボルンでもルナパーク周辺は水没の可能性が高いとの記事が以前ザ エイジ に掲載されていました。 以下 セントキルダビーチ、ルナパークさらに多くのベイサイドハウスは、気候変動による海面水位上昇、集中豪雨に対し"very high risk"の一部抜粋記事です。 The Age: landmarks at 'high risk' from rising sea levels Famous Melbourne landmarks including St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are at "very high risk" of damage from climate change in coming decades, along with thousands of bayside homes, a new study warns. A detailed climate-change risk assessment of a 10-square-kilometre area around St Kilda found the most significant climate threats this century were likely to be rising sea levels, more intense storms and rainfall, and extreme hot weather.
記事原文 Property values dive in Queensland flood zones LAND valuations of flood-affected Queensland properties have plummeted, exposing thousands of victims to mortgages greater than the worth of their homes. The Courier-Mail can reveal that revised State Government valuations on 23,000 properties impacted by the floods have estimated price drops of between 5 and 25 per cent. The fall in values could result in cuts to council rates if passed on by local governments Property experts have already warned that some flood-affected owners will have to wait up to a decade before their values return to pre-flood levels. However, non-affected properties would still hold their value and will face less competition as flooded properties remain off the market for repairs.
記事原文 ABC 26/4/2011 Tsunami-hit Japanese whalers set sail for hunt A whaling crew has set off on the first voyage since the devastating tsunami wiped out coastal villages. (Australian Customs Service, file photo) Japanese whalers have launched their annual coastal hunt, with five crew from the tsunami-devastated whaling town of Ayukawa joining the first voyage since the March 11 disaster. Two whaling vessels left Kushiro on the east coast of the northern island of Hokkaido after their departure was delayed by one day due to bad weather, said Hiroko Furukawa, a fisheries agency official. The crew from Ayukawa Whaling, the only whaling company in Ayukawa, are expected to catch up to 60 minke whales off Kushiro until June, the official said. "Local whaling officials are preparing to accept people from Ayukawa who were victimised by the disaster," Mr Furukawa said, adding that a further 23 people from Ayukawa had come to Kushiro to work in processing whale meat. The tsunami that last month slammed into Japan's north-east coast destroyed Ayukawa Whaling's storage facility and carried its fleet of three whaling ships hundreds of metres inland, where they remain. Ayukawa Whaling chairman Minoru Ito has said he would lay off all 28 employees and suspend whaling operations in the town until further notice.
記事原文 US firms say Chinese protectionism rising - study From correspondents in Beijing From: AP April 26, 201112:33PM A REPORT by an American business group says Chinese protectionism has increased since the 2008 global economic crisis and US companies are being hurt by Beijing's policies aimed at developing its own technology industries. The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in a report Tuesday that 26 per cent of its member companies responding to a survey said they already are being hurt by Chinese policies aimed at favoring domestic technology suppliers. It said more companies said they expect to be hurt by those policies in the future. Beijing has alarmed foreign companies by pushing them to hand over technology as a condition of winning contracts and licenses.
記事原文 Gillard arrives in devastated Sendai Saturday, April 23, 2011 » 05:26pm An emotional Prime Minister Julia Gillard has toured the Japanese community of Minami Sanriku, a once tranquil fishing town that was obliterated by the recent tsunami. Ms Gillard joined the town's mayor, Jin Sato, to survey the devastated frame of a building that was formerly the town's disaster management centre. Mr Sato was inside the building when the torrent of water hit. He fled to the roof and hung on for dear life as the wave engulfed the building, sweeping his friends and colleagues to their deaths. Ms Gillard was close to tears and gave Mr Sato a comforting embrace as he told her his story. The prime minister said she had never seen anything like it - it looked as if the town had been ' bombed into oblivion' . ' The scale of this truly just does leave you speechless,' Ms Gillard told reporters on Saturday. ' On one level, you can't take it in because it's just so much. ' It's a scene of incredible tragedy and incredible sorrow,' Ms Gillard said. At least 10,000 people were killed in Minami Sanriku - about half the town's population. Ms Gillard also visited an evacuation centre to introduce herself to locals, who lost homes and loved ones. She handed soft koala toys to excited children and announced a package of food aid for the townspeople. The package included cans of soup, baked beans and spaghetti, cookies, beef jerky and chocolate biscuits. The prime minister almost did not make it to the town after her flight into nearby Sendai - also hard hit by the tsunami - was delayed by bad weather. She had been expected to take a helicopter to the shattered town but the delay forced her to take a bus instead. Ms Gillard was accompanied by Rob McNeil, the leader of the Australian search and rescue team, which helped Japanese authorities look for survivors last month in the Minami Sanriku wreckage.
記事原文 Japanese may train with Aust troops - PM Saturday, April 23, 2011 » 06:39am Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Japanese troops could be allowed to train in Australian defence units under a new vision for greater military co-operation by both countries. The Prime Minister outlined her vision in The Weekend Australian newspaper in an interview in Tokyo on Friday, saying she's open to exploring the idea of Japan's soldiers gaining direct experience from their more combat-ready Australian peers, 66 years after World War Two. The Australian reported last year that Japan's Defence Minister Toshimi Kitizawa is keen for Japanese troops to draw on the combat experience that Diggers have gained in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Ms Gillard says she's yet to receive a formal proposal, but supports the idea being discussed by the defence and foreign ministers of each country. Although Japan's post-war military is restricted to self-defence and peacekeeping operations, Tokyo is keen to boost its combat readiness in response to a more powerful China and the growing threat of North Korea.
コメント 捕鯨問題では両人は目をあわさず、合意は無しと報道されている。 ま、いつものようにAgree to Disagree （合意しないことで合意した）ということですね。 この問題、どっちも本音は「アーめんどくさ」って感じでしょうか。
記事原文 Japan PM Naoto Kan not concerned about Australia's whaling case • From: The Australian April 21, 2011 11:45PM JAPANESE Prime Minister Naoto Kan has insisted he is not concerned about Australia's decision to challenge his nation's annual Southern Ocean whale hunt in the International Court of Justice. Speaking after meeting Julia Gillard in Tokyo tonight, Mr Kan said there was a firm and longstanding friendship between the two nations which would not be diluted by the dispute over whaling, which is pending before the court. "Our relationship with Australia at the grass-roots level, I think ... Australia is one of the most friendly countries in the world," Mr Kan said through an interpreter. "We agree on most issues. "Because of this issue the entire bilateral relationship should not be eroded. "We have to discuss our thoughts frankly but it's shouldn't be an impediment to our relationship."
The two leaders spoke to reporters after a 20-minute meeting ahead of a working dinner at Mr Kan's official residence. The Japanese leader thanked Australia for its relief efforts and aid in response to March 11's Sendai earthquake. Ms Gillard presented him with the helmet of firefighter Rob McNeil, who was in charge of a group of Australian search and rescue experts sent to Japan after the tragedy. They then discussed co-operation for a regional approach to natural disaster response, security and the need to resume talks on the creation of a free-trade agreement.
記事原文 Japanese Emperor thanks Australia for support after disaster From: AAP April 21, 2011 3:06PM JAPAN'S emperor has personally thanked Prime Minister Julia Gillard for Australia's support in the wake of last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Ms Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson on Thursday met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Tokyo. They are believed to be the first de-facto couple to be granted such an audience. Ms Gillard said the meeting - which occurred in the imperial couple's private residence because the Imperial Palace has been closed due to ongoing power shortages - had been an honour. ``It was a very great privilege to meet with them, and it gave me the opportunity to personally convey to their majesties the feelings of the Australian people about the devastating natural disaster here,'' Ms Gillard told reporters shortly after the meeting. ``They expressed to both of us their very sincere gratitude for the work that Australia has done to assist the people of Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.'' The Japanese imperial couple also asked Ms Gillard how Australia was recovering from its own natural disasters, including the Queensland floods. Earlier in the day, Japanese parliamentarians thanked Ms Gillard for Australia's support in their country's time of need. At a Japanese business leaders' luncheon, Ms Gillard emphasised the need for progress on bilateral free trade agreement negotiations. The Japan Australia FTA was first mooted in 2003 and formal negotiations began in 2007 - but they have since stalled, largely due to disagreements over agriculture. Ms Gillard said she would raise the FTA with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in a meeting scheduled for later on Thursday. ``Prime Minister Kan and I are deeply committed to a conclusion of this very important agreement,'' she said. Ms Gillard will hold more meetings and deliver a keynote address on Friday before attending a sold-out gala disaster-relief fundraising dinner - rumoured to feature an appearance by Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue, who is currently on tour in Japan.
以下ジュリアギラード会見内容一部 She says her top priority is to personally convey the condolences of the Australian people over the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people. "As a good friend of Japan, I think it is important for me to be here carrying the best wishes of the Australian people," Ms Gillard said shortly after touching down. The prime minister will also raise other bilateral issues, including stalled free trade talks.
記事原文 Gillard departs on 10-day overseas trip Wednesday, April 20, 2011 » 02:15pm Prime Minister Julia Gillard has left Australia on a 10-day overseas trip to Japan, South Korea, China and the United Kingdom for the royal wedding. Ms Gillard and partner Tim Mathieson boarded their VIP flight and departed Canberra's Fairbairn Airport just before 10am (AEST) on Wednesday. The prime minister is being accompanied by DFAT secretary Dennis Richardson. The party will arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday evening. Ms Gillard is using her Japan visit to meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other senior officials. She'll also tour areas hit by last month's earthquake and tsunami. Ms Gillard will then visit Seoul and Beijing for her first visit to China as prime minister. The PM says she plans to raise human rights issues. Trade and other economic links are expected to dominate much of the north Asian meetings. The last leg of the journey will be to London where Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson will attend the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on April 29.
ノルウェー人写真家 Terje Sorgjerd 氏がスペインの最高峰 El Teideで一週間かけて撮影したミルキーウェイのタイムラプス（低速撮影）ビデオが公開された。 同氏のオーロラビデオも公開され、既にYOUTUBE、 VIMEOで200万近いアクセスがある。
記事原文 Photographer Terje Sorgjerd's stunning timelapse video shows nature at its best April 19, 2011 1:01PM IT'S nature as you've never seen it before. Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd has spent a week snapping away on top of El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. Mr Sorgjerd took a series of photographs over approximately 170 hours to create the stunning video - surviving on very little sleep. The footage has already been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube and Vimeo. Mr Sorgjerd has also captured stunning images of the Aurora Borealis light show. [広告] VPS
Tohoku university’s study found that the seabed 175km off shore of Miyagi Prefecture of Japan has moved 31 metres to east-south-east direction. The report also says the fault that caused the massive earthquake last month has possibly shifted as much as 40 metres. A spokesperson of the university said “ The results of study could lead through to uncover how tsunamis can be generated”
Original articles 宮城県沖の海底 ３１ｍ動く 4月18日 20時46分NHK 先月１１日の巨大地震で、宮城県沖の海底が、東南東に３１メートルも動いていたことが、東北大学の調査で分かりました。大学では「地震を引き起こした断層は４０メートル近くにわたってずれていた可能性がある。大津波がどのように発生したのか、解明につながるのではないか」と話しています。
記事原文 US, Japan unite on reconstruction AAP April 17, 2011, 2:50 pm Japan and the US have announced a partnership involving businesses to help spearhead reconstruction following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, meeting with visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said businesses from the two countries would meet on ways to assist Japan as it rebuilds its battered northeastern coast. "Japan will formulate its reconstruction plan and, based upon the plan, we would like to co-operate with the US and other countries in the world so that we can proceed rapidly," Matsumoto said. While the details were vague for now, the heads of the countries' main business groups - the US Chamber of Commerce and Nippon Keidanren - held talks to lay the groundwork for the program. Tom Donohue, the head of the US Chamber of Commerce, said he would tell US businesses Japan was en route to recovery and encourage them to stay active in the world's second largest developed economy. "It is in the interest of the American business community to see that the Japanese economic engine is working at peak performance as quickly as possible," Donohue said, appearing next to Clinton.
記事原文 Russia will not lift polar bear ban Friday, April 15, 2011 » 11:08am
Russia will not allow any polar bear hunting in its far north, despite agreeing on a quota of 29 bears with the United States, the government says. 'A decision has been taken on the government level that Russia will not be using its quota,' according to a statement posted on Thursday on the personal website of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has taken the polar bear under his personal protection. Last month, the Chukotka governor approved a quota previously agreed by a Russian-US commission to allow native inhabitants of Russia's far northern Chukotka region and the US state of Alaska to kill 29 endangered polar bears each, including 19 females. But the statement said the government had not given the natural resources ministry the powers to hand out hunting permits for polar bears, effectively prolonging the ban on killing them. Putin's website has sections devoted to four endangered mammals he has taken under 'personal control', including the polar bear. Last year he went on an expedition to tag the bears on the far northern island of Alexandra Land. Hunting polar bears has been forbidden in Russia since 1957, but their dwindling population still falls victim to poaching, which experts say is hard to control and kills at least 30 animals yearly.
記事原文 Melbourne home property prices plunge From: Herald Sun April 16, 2011 12:00AM After peaking at $601,000 late last year, the median price has fallen to $565,000 - down $36,000. Picture: Ellen Smith Source: Herald Sun MELBOURNE'S property bubble is bursting, with $400 a day wiped off the average house price in the past three months. After peaking at $601,000 late last year, the median price has fallen to $565,000 - down $36,000. The 6 per cent slump is the biggest quarterly drop in more than two years and one of the biggest the Real Estate Insititute of Victoria has recorded since the height of the global financial crisis. It has raised hopes for buyers desperately trying to break into the market and will create speculation over whether a crash is coming. REIV chief executive Enzo Raimondo said that although it was normal for prices to ease at the start of the year, it was clear the market had turned after an astonishing period of runaway growth. "The honeymoon for sellers is over," he said.
Housing Industry Association economist Matthew King said Melbourne's "red hot" 20 per cent growth last year was ending because of the sting of seven successive interest rates and prices that had become out of control for too many people, turning them away. Affluent areas were hammered in the March quarter. Essendon suffered the biggest hit, down 18.2 per cent to $900,000. Balwyn slid 8.4 per cent to $1,475,000. Brighton slipped 7 per cent to $1,508,500.
However, the median is still 8.7 per cent higher - $45,000 more - than in April 2010. 冴えないオークション
今日見に行ったのはそんな草サーカスとはかなり違っている。 芸は非常に洗練されたもので観客からも“So Sophisticated”と賞賛の声が漏れていた。 このサーカスのパフォーマンスは2時間で途中一回10分程の休憩が入る。 動物はいない。 見ものはやはり最期のThe Globe Of Deathだが、Gストリングで大股開きで綱渡りする美人のお姉さんもオヤジには堪らない。 The Globe Of Death は、球状の鉄籠の中を三台のバイクがグルグル回る。一つ間違えば“死”のパフォーマンスで一見の価値大いに有り。 その他にも命がけのスタントはあるが、あまり詳しい事はあえて書かないようにする。
記事原文 Japan objects to Sea Shepherd Palau patrol From correspondents in Koror, Palau From: AFP April 15, 2011 1:27PM THE Palau Government says it is reconsidering its agreement to have the conservation group Sea Shepherd patrol its waters after receiving a counter offer from Japan. President Johnson Toribiong did not identify who was in the Japanese delegation but said they were of "ministerial level" and they described the conservation group as "terrorists". He said the Japanese had offered to send their own patrol vessel, adding: "I am weighing things now. I want to make sure I get potential diplomatic issues resolved." The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has regularly clashed with Japanese whalers and this year forced them to cut short their annual Antarctic hunt. A Memorandum of Understanding signed in Palau last month authorised Sea Shepherd to patrol the Palau marine area designated as the world's first shark sanctuary. Under the deal, "Sea Shepherd will, at its sole expense, send a vessel to patrol Palau's territorial waters against illegal fishing activity", the conservation group said on its website. President Toribiong said although an agreement had been signed, it was not final until reviewed by the Attorney General's Office. In 2009, Palau declared the world's first shark sanctuary, banning shark fishing in its exclusive economic zone, which covers almost 630,000 square kilometres of the northern Pacific.
記事原文 14/4/2011 Bleak outlook for tenants in Australian rental market A CRITICAL shortage of vacant properties has led to sharply rising rents with no relief in sight for tenants this year. Escalating median rents in the March quarter point to sustained hikes throughout the year, according to Australian Property Monitors’ Rental Price Series Quarterly Report. Housing affordability, and the shortage and spiralling costs of rental properties across the country will continue to put the squeeze on renters in 2011, the report says. Nationally, unit rental prices rose sharply by 2.3 per cent, reflecting high demand in most capital cities, while national house rentals increased 0.1 per cent during the quarter. In Sydney, median asking rents for houses rose 1.0 per cent to $485, while units jumped 2.3 per cent to $450 per week, ensuring the city remains the most expensive place to rent in the country. “Renters should prepare for significant growth in rental prices throughout 2011, driven by accelerating economic activity, housing shortages and a depressed first homebuyer market,” said Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Economist, Australian Property Monitors. “However it is expected that rising rental yields will renew investor interest in the market and may provide some relief for renters in the longer-term.” In Sydney, 600,000 families live in "serious rental stress", paying more than 30 per cent of the family income on rent, according to Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot found.
コメント 究極の選択。英語では HOBSON’S CHOICE 。 どっちかといえばポーリンに勝ってほしかった。 但し豪にも右派よりの意見が台頭してきている。 ハンセン女史は新政党結成の可能性も示唆している。 彼女は1954年生まれの56歳、旬は過ぎた感があるが、メディアの批判を省みず自己の意見を述べる姿には根強いサポートがある。 人々の偽善社会に対する鬱積はつのりつつあり、 OVER GOVERN、 OVER REGULATION などという言葉が近所のおばさん達の口からも聞こえてくる。 何から何まで雁字搦めに法律で縛られた社会の、コモンセンスの失落に人々が危機を感じ始めているという事か？
記事原文 Pauline Hanson fails to win seat Tuesday, April 12, 2011 » 12:58pm Pauline Hanson has failed in her bid to be elected to the upper house of the NSW parliament. Greens candidate Jeremy Buckingham has won the upper house seat for the legislative council.
IMF (International Monetary Fund) has lowered its forecast of Japan’s annual economic growth by 0.2% to 1.4%.
According to IMF ’s recent report the damage from the Earthquake will cost between 3% -5% of Japan’s GDP without considering ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.
IMF’s forecast for World economic growth remains unchanged at 4.4% which is the same as 3 month ago.
Original articles NHK 11/04/2011 ＩＭＦ 日本の成長率は１．４％ 4月11日 23時6分 ＩＭＦ＝国際通貨基金は世界経済の見通しを発表し、日本経済について、東日本大震災によって不透明感が強まっているとして、ことしの経済成長率の見通しを、１月の予想に比べて０．２ポイント引き下げ、１．４パーセントに下方修正しました。 ＩＭＦは、１１日、最新の世界経済の見通しを発表しました。この中で、日本経済については、東日本大震災によるインフラや住宅などの損失の規模は、福島第一原子力発電所の事故そのものや停電による影響を考慮に入れない数字で、ＧＤＰ＝国内総生産の３パーセントから５パーセントと、阪神淡路大震災のときのおよそ２倍に相当すると指摘しています。ＩＭＦは、世界経済全体の見通しについては、３か月前の予想と同じ４．４％に据え置いています。
記事原文 Mouchel hosts Japanese disaster benefit 11 April 2011 Melbourne’s The Press Club group is the latest hospitality player to put its support behind tragedy struck Japan with a fundraising benefit. It’s announced it will hold an April 21 dinner hosted by chef Philippe Mouchel at his PM24 restaurant with money raised going to Red Cross Japan Disaster Appeal. The cause is close to Mouchel’s heart — he spent many years during his esteemed career cooking in high end restaurants in Japan, and met his wife, Tomoko, during his time there. It is this affinity that has compelled Philippe to host an event to raise funds for a country which has been devastated by the recent earthquakes and tsunami. All five of The Press Club Group restaurants are supporting the benefit, with head chefs from The Press Club restaurant,, Maha, Hellenic Republic, PM 24 and the latest arrival, St Katherine’s coming together to design a menu specifically for the night. There will also be appearances from some of the chefs during the course of the night. Guests will be treated to an array of canapés representing all corners of the globe, and traditional Japanese style entertainment. An auction will be held on the night, for items including a dinner party for six cooked at your home by Philippe Mouchel, four laps around Sandown Racecourse with John Bowe in a Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini LP640 Murceilgo, and dining opportunities at The Press Club Group restaurants. Tickets to the benefit are available to purchase by contacting the venue on 03 9207 7424 or visiting PM24.com.au
フィリッペ モーシェルさん、 写真は ザ オーストラリアン CROWN'S loss will be Melbourne CBD's gain 記事より引用
記事原文 Armed guards promised for Vic Sunday, April 10, 2011 » 08:11am Armed guards promised by the Victorian government to boost safety at train stations will reportedly be granted police-like powers to apprehend and arrest troublemakers on the rail network. The Sunday Age says a new crop of 940 protective services officers will be armed with semi-automatic firearms capsicum sprays and batons and have powers to arrest.
記事原文 French burqa ban to be enforced Saturday, April 09, 2011 » 05:24pm French police will from Monday become the first officers in Europe empowered to intercept Muslim women wearing full-face veils. While some other countries and territories have drawn up bans on the burqa and the niqab, France -- home to Europe's largest Muslim population -- will be the first to risk stirring social tensions by putting one into practice. French officials estimate that only around 2,000 women, from a total Muslim population estimated at between four and six million, wear a niqab or a burqa, full-face veils that are traditional in parts of Arabia and South Asia.
Under a ministerial directive, anyone refusing to lift his or her veil to submit to an identity check can be taken to a police station. There, officers must try to persuade them to remove the garment, and can threaten fines.
A woman who repeatedly insists on appearing veiled in public can be fined 150 euros ($A205) and ordered to attend re-education classes. There are much more severe penalties for anyone found guilty of forcing someone else to hide his or her face 'through threats, violence, constraint, abuse of authority or power for reason of their gender'. Clearly aimed at fathers, husbands or religious leaders who force women to wear face-veils, and applicable to offences committed in public or in private, the law imposes a fine of 30,000 euros and a year in jail. Belgium's parliament has approved a similar law, but has yet to enforce it. In the Netherlands far-right leaders have proposed a ban, and in Italy the right-wing Northern League is lobbying for a ban on the French model.
記事原文 Witnesses identify swan suspects Gerard Richardson April 9, 2011 The Age Police have identified four teenage boys suspected of stoning a black swan to death in Moonee Ponds on Wednesday afternoon. Melbourne Zoo is mounting an operation to save the native bird's unhatched egg, which is currently in the care of a heartbroken male. A police spokeswoman said witnesses came forward and identified the four boys. Two teenage girls known to be with the boys were not thought to be involved in the attack. The female swan was swimming on the Queens Lake Park about 3.40pm when it was pelted with rocks. A group of passers-by who heard the distressed swan squawking and flapping its wings came to the bird's aid and discovered a large gash on the top of its head. It lost consciousness and died about 20 minutes later. The swan was nesting and its partner was keeping a vigil at the nest, but wildlife authorities are concerned about the unhatched cygnet's survival. RSPCA spokesman Greg Boland said: ''This swan will have to try to raise the cygnet alone, which is going to be quite a concern from an animal welfare perspective.'' Melbourne Zoo will try to guarantee the chick's survival by retrieving the egg and hatching it - but not until the male leaves the nest. Melbourne Zoo's curator of native fauna, Peter Courtney, said the incubator would create the swan's 40-day nesting period. He said the zoo would hand-raise the chick once it was hatched and its chances of survival were "fairly good".
Home loans drop on weak demand in biggest fall in 14 years
April 06, 2011 12:29PM
The number of home loans approved in February fell 5.6 per cent, to a seasonally adjusted 45,393, data from the Australian bureau of Statistics showed / File
THE number of home loans approved in February fell at a greater rate than expected as the effects of the November rate hike started to hit households.
The number of home loans approved in February fell 5.6 per cent, to a seasonally adjusted 45,393, data from the Australian bureau of Statistics showed.
It's the lowest number of home loans approved in a month since February 2001.
And home loans in New South Wales plummeted 10.1 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms, the most since February 1997, Fairfax newspapers reported.
The Reserve Bank (RBA) would be concerned with falls in housing finance in NSW and Victoria for the month, which dropped 10.1 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively, the said.
First Home Buyers in Victoria receive an additional payment known as the First Home Bonus when purchasing or constructing properties where the value does not exceed $600,000.
Under the bonus, eligible first home buyers receive additional funds to the value of $13,000 for sale contracts entered into until 30 June 2011 for newly constructed homes only (in metro areas). If you are buying a newly constructed property in a regional area, the First Home Bonus amount will be $19,500. To qualify, applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as the first home buyers grant.
First Home Owner Grant – A Gift from the Government
Anyone buying a house in Australia for the first time (including migrants with permanent residence) is eligible for the First Home Owner Grant, a lump sum worth $7,000.
The First Home Owner Grant is paid directly to the buyer of a house in all Australian states. The grant is not payable for land purchases.
In New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and most of Western Australia there is a house price cap of $750,000 for properties eligible to receive the grant.
Each individual state offers incentives in addition to the First Home Owner Grant.
First home buyers in NSW are exempt from paying stamp duty on house purchases of up to $500,000.
In Victoria first time purchasers are entitled to receive an additional payment $13,000 (for new homes only), known as the First Home Bonus (the Bonus). The First Time Bonus expires on 30th June 2011.
First home buyers in Western Australia pay no stamp duty on houses costing less than $500,000.
In Queensland, first home buyers in regional areas (not Brisbane or near Brisbane) can receive a $4,000 regional bonus. First time buyers of homes costing less than $505,000 can also receive a reduction of $8,750 on stamp duty – the First Home Concession.
In South Australia first home buyers are eligible for a First Home Bonus Grant (FHBG) of up to $8,000. A FHBG of $8,000 is available for first home purchases with a market value of up to $400,000, reducing to zero grant for properties of $450,000 or more.
In Tasmania a rebate of up to $4,000 is also available to First Home Owners purchasing property valued between $140,000 and $350,000.
Welcome as these are, these grants will not buy you a house in Australia. Unless you have substantial savings, you will need to get a mortgage from an Australian Bank.
記事 RBA leaves cash rate steady at 4.75% Tuesday, April 05, 2011 » 03:20pm The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to keep the cash rate at 4.75 per cent at its board meeting on Tuesday.
No home price growth over next year: NAB Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago A survey of property market participants has found expectations of only a 0.6 per cent growth in home prices over the next 12 months.
記事原文 04/04/2011 ATP Tennis In one of the most electrifying men’s singles finals in Sony Ericsson Open history, the Serbian defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event after winning at Indian Wells two weeks ago, upending the Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to win his second Sony Ericsson Open Sunday afternoon. “As I said on the court, it was one of the closest and best finals that I have played ever,” a pleased Djokovic told reporters after his win. “I think it was very high level of tennis today. I think everybody enjoyed, even us playing. It was very close, and up to the last stroke we really didn't know which way it's going to go.” The match took its toll on both player’s – even the World No. 1 came off the court fatigued, a rare occasion for one of the fittest players in the history of the game. “I was very tired at the end. Think I played a little bit better the beginning of last week's final,” evaluated the Spaniard. “[But] I was there fighting until the last point… nothing left in my body right now, so that's the sport. I love these kinds of matches.” In front of a record final's crowd of 14,625 fans, Djokovic improved to 24-0 on the season, and increases his overall winning streak to 26 wins in a row, dating back to last December’s Davis Cup Final. His title today gives the two-time Australian Open champion his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, five of which have come on outdoor hard courts, and 22nd title overall. 両手バックハンドの名手ジョコビッチ ダウンザライン ショットは彼のトレードマーク
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記事原文 Gold Coast resident Faith Nash hit with $250k water bill for six months Gold Coast Bulletin April 01, 2011 3:05PM Faith Nash with a $250,786.80 Allconnex bill she received for six months' water supply. Picture: Jay McIntosh Source: Gold Coast Bulletin A GOLD Coast household apparently clocked up a quarter-of-a-million-dollar water bill in six months. The $250,786.80 bill, which covers the period from June 6, 2010 to December 12, 2010, claims Faith Nash, her husband and her two children, aged three and five, used 96,000kl of water, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
The family does not have a pool and are at a loss to explain how water company Allconnex could have sent a bill for so much money.
"How could they honestly send that out and not realise how embarrassing that is for the company?" Ms Nash said.
"I looked at it and thought 'no wonder people have been complaining' but then about a second later I realised how ridiculous the bill was."
Ms Nash said she spent most of Tuesday trying to sort out the bill, which she said was obviously a mistake, but was frustrated by Allconnex's response.
"I rang up Allconnex and asked why it was so high, and the first thing they asked me was why I was getting my bill so late," she said.
"When I said I don't know and I want to know why the bill is so high, she just laughed."
In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Allconnex said: "The account was immediately identified as a billing error and the customer has since been contacted and the situation rectified."