記事原文 Jeb Corliss becomes first man to fly through waterfall in wingsuit From: news.com.au June 30, 2011 10:15AM THIS is the incredible moment adventurer Jeb Corliss becomes the first man to fly through a waterfall wearing a wingsuit. Travelling at 137km/h, the 35-year-old adventurer from California narrowly misses a 610m cliff face and battles turbulence from the water to complete the historic flight. The incredible footage sees Mr Corliss gliding through the stunning mountainous region of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, and grabbing some balloons from a colleague along the way. Mr Corliss was speeding along at just one-and-a-half metres above the ground during certain parts of the flight. The American, who has jumped from sites including the Eiffel Tower and over Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, completed the stunt wearing the Apache X wingsuit. It is believed to have taken a year to plan, with Mr Corliss taking eight practice attempts before completing the flight on the ninth.
“It was spectacular. There’s nothing I can say to describe how truly amazing it was,” Mr Corliss told Barcroft Media. “The video doesn’t even come close to explaining it. It’s so much better than what you see in the footage. “When you’re actually there flying at these speeds, that close to the ground, flying in between trees like a bird... It’s the closest I have come to living that childhood dream of flying like a bird.”
Jeb photographed above Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. Picture: Courtesy of Jeb Corliss
記事原文 Cost of sinking deeper in debt as financial stress bites Australians From: The Daily Telegraph June 29, 2011 AUSTRALIANS are facing unprecedented levels of financial stress from cost of living rises, with one-in-four dipping into savings or going into debt to maintain their lifestyles. An extensive study this month by business research leader CoreData shows almost 15 per cent of those surveyed are drawing on savings, while a further 10 per cent are running into debt, to make ends meet. It found almost half of people think the situation will get worse and 46 per cent believe they are worse off than a year ago, compared with just 37 per cent in March.
The research suggests the financial situation of families may be worse than thought, just two days ahead of fresh July 1 price rises. These will drive the cost of living up by thousands of dollars over the next financial year, with a combination of huge rises in utility prices, a new flood levy, plus annual rises in council rates, health insurance premiums, childcare, car rego, and other charges confronting families. There are particularly worrying signs for home owners. Separate CoreData research on nearly 800 mortgage holders across the country last month found more than 25 per cent now admit to struggling to meet their loan repayments. When those who struggle to meet their repayments "from time to time" are taken into account, that figure rises to more than 30 per cent.CoreData boss
Andrew Inwood said yesterday much of the uncertainty related to the hung federal parliament was leaving consumers pessimistic about the future. "Consumer sentiment is back to where we were immediately after the GFC of 2007," he said. "The lack of clarity and direction in the economy means that those who are able to save - including high net worth individuals - are putting their money into cash, rather than shares and property. "But more and more of those who can't save are running into debt simply to maintain their lifestyles." The CoreData research shows the negative sentiment is seeing consumer attitudes towards the future rapidly deteriorate. CoreData has also found that one in five people believe they may lose their jobs in the coming 12 months. Mr Inwood said this pointed to the disparity between rich and poor getting wider. Pessimism was strong among women, with 56 per cent saying they felt financially "insecure", compared with 44 per cent who felt secure.
記事原文 Church leader rapist jailed for 21 years Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A Melbourne youth church leader who raped a 14-year-old girl, poured petrol on her and set her alight has been jailed for 21 years.
Michael Tuano Hermogenes, 25, plied the girl with alcohol before choking her with one of her stockings, raping her, taking photos of her while she was naked and unconscious, then setting her and her house alight to hide his crimes. She suffered permanent injuries including burns to half her body, amputation of her right toes and spent almost a year in hospital. Hermogenes pleaded guilty to charges including arson, attempted murder and rape over the attack at the girl's home in Melbourne's west in May 2010. He must serve 16 years before he is eligible for parole. Hermogenes sat in the dock with his head bowed, hands clasped in a praying position. He showed little other reaction as the sentence was handed down. Justice Paul Coghlan said Hermogenes' crimes involved a breach of trust and was satisfied he took alcohol to the girl's home so he could take sexual advantage of her. The judge described his photographing of his victim as 'bizarre and disgusting'. Justice Coghlan said the girl spent almost all of the 15th year of her life in hospital as a result of her horrific injuries. 'She will suffer from them for the rest of her life ... and will need daily care,' he said. The judge accepted Hermogenes was remorseful, but was guarded about his rehabilitation prospects. He said a 'very stern' sentence was necessary to deter others from similar crimes. The sentence takes into account more than a year Hermogenes has served in pre-sentence custody.
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OECD rates Australians as the happiest people in the world 28/06/2011 YOU might not believe this but you are happy. Smile. Sure, grocery prices are going to rise by $1300 in the next two years and interest rates are heading for ten per cent. And yes, the stock market slump has stuffed the plans of thousands of baby boomers who wanted to retire, and hundreds of us are barely able to keep up with electricity price rises, but Australians are the happiest people in the world. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. Results: Reasons to be cheerful This poll is closed. Do you think Australians are the happiest in the world? • Yes 45.15% (768 votes) • No 54.85% (933 votes) Total votes: 1701 That is according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its new Better Life Initiative index. Do you believe it? Tell us below. Are you happy? The organisation compared people in the 34 OECD member countries, using 11 indicators - such as income, education and health - weighted equally and Australians topped the pack. Along with the 11 factors the OECD associates with a "good life," the index takes into consideration citizens' answers to quality-of-life questions like, "How satisfied are you with your life?" "How would you describe your health?" and "Do you know someone you could turn to in a time of need?" So we are either happy, or just bad at filling out surveys. In order, the next nine happiest countries were: Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, the US, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands. The index will eventually include the OECD's six partner countries - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Looks like our Prime Minister isn't buying it either. Julia Gillard today acknowledged some households are doing it "pretty tough" despite the Australian economy being the envy of the the world. As she spruiked the benefits of a resources boom, Ms Gillard admitted some people were struggling with cost-of-living pressures. "Those pressures are real," she told ABC Television. "Macro economy, we are the envy of the world ... but around the kitchen table people are looking at bills, are looking at the cost of living and are finding it pretty tough. The government had addressed that with increased family payments, Ms Gillard said. So maybe it's government cash that is making us happy? With AAP
記事原文 Interest rates heading for 10 per cent, according to BIS Shrapnel report From: news.com.au June 27, 2011 2:27PM MORTGAGE rates are predicted to rise to a whopping 9.4 per cent within two years as the Reserve Bank hikes rates to prevent runaway inflation, a new report has warned. And borrowers will need to brace themselves for a raft of sharp interest rate rises to GFC levels in the coming months, according to a BIS Shrapnel report released today. It forecasts a half a per cent rise later this year, and another half a per cent rise in the first-half of next year, the smh.com.au reports. The prediction is based on unemployment falling below 4 per cent in "a strong economic environment" where rising wages and inflation would see the RBA hike rates, BIS Shrapnel report author Angie Zigomanis says. "Housing rates are consequently forecast to peak at 9.4 per cent by the end of 2013. While the momentum in purchaser activity is expected to continue into 2012-13, rates at this level will eventually bring about a downturn in both the residential market and the economy over 2014," he said. Leading economists agree saying commodity prices and rising employment are stoking dangerous inflationary pressures that the RBA is determined to stamp out. Homeowners would need to pay an extra $459 a month in repayments on the average $300,000 (25-year) mortgage if rates rise to 9.4 per cent, according to RateCity. For a $600,000 mortgage, repayments would increase by $918 per month. “If interest rates increased to 9.4 percent this would no doubt cause a major increase in the number of mortgage defaults and repossession sales across Australia,” RateCity CEO Damian Smith warns.
記事原文 N Korean children begging, army starving: exclusive By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy 27/06/2011 Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state. Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes. The footage also shows North Koreans labouring on a private railway track for the dictator's son and heir near the capital Pyongyang.
Strolling up to the site supervisor, the man with the hidden camera asks what is going on. "This rail line is a present from Kim Jong-il to comrade Kim Jong-un," he is told. The well-fed Kim Jong-un could soon be ruling over a nation of starving, impoverished serfs. The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets, pleading for scraps from compatriots who have nothing to give. "I am eight," says one boy. "My father died and my mother left me. I sleep outdoors." Many of the children are orphans; their parents victims of starvation or the gulag. But markets do exist - private markets that stock bags of rice, pork, and corn. The state no longer has any rations to hand out. But the state wants its share of this embryonic capitalism. In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army. "My business is not good," complains the stallholder. "Shut up," replies the official. "Don't offer excuses." It is clear that the all-powerful army - once quarantined from food shortages and famine - is starting to go hungry. "Everybody is weak," says one young North Korean soldier. "Within my troop of 100 comrades, half of them are malnourished," he said. Jiro Ishimaru is the man who trained the undercover reporter to use the hidden camera. "This footage is important because it shows that Kim Jong-il's regime is growing weak," he said. "It used to put the military first, but now it can't even supply food to its soldiers. Rice is being sold in markets but they are starving. This is the most significant thing in this video." Kim Jong-il's grip on power depends on the military and if some of its soldiers have growling, empty bellies, it is bad news for the dictator and his hopes for a smooth transition to his son. "The priority for Kim Jong-il is the succession," said Mr Ishimaru. "But Kim Jong-un is still very young, just 27 or 28. He doesn't have any experience and hasn't achieved anything. So opposition to a third generation of the Kim family taking over is growing." But this dynasty of dictators has proven that it is more than capable of keeping its wretched population in line through gulags, hunger and a total control over every aspect of life. But as this footage shows, occasionally, a crack of light emerges from this dark, dark place. [広告] VPS
記事原文 Barnett expects Oakajee reshuffle From: AAP June 24, 201111:26AM WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he expects a reshuffle of the partnerships behind the giant Oakajee port and rail project but remains confident it will go ahead.
Yesterday, China's Sinosteel announced it was shutting down its $2 billion Weld Range iron ore project in WA's Midwest until uncertainty around the $4 billion Oakajee development was resolved. The move by one of the project's major foundation customers has put the already-troubled development in question. Sinosteel said delays in getting the project started were costing it $100 million a year. Oakajee was originally due for completion by 2012 but that has been stretched out until 2015 and the project has been hit by cost blowouts. Mr Barnett said today he understood Sinosteel's position but it had not walked away from Oakajee, only put its mine on hold. He told ABC Radio the project would go ahead but he expected there would have to be some realignment of the partners.
“The fundamental economics of developing that mineral province in the Midwest and the deepwater port in the southern part of the state are sound,” Mr Barnett said. “What we've got to do is align the partners better and bring in some of the major balance sheets and major financial resources. “I suspect you'll see some reorganisation of the shareholding or partnerships within Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) over the coming weeks.” OPR, a joint venture between Murchison Metals and Japanese company Mitsubishi, has come under increasing scrutiny following the cost blowouts and reports Mitsubishi intended to pull out of the deal. The study would have ended speculation about the capital cost, with Murchison admitting this year a blowout from $4.3 billion to at least $5.2 billion, while industry insiders expect a figure as high as $8 billion. Sinosteel blamed uncertainty about Oakajee's development timetable, plus an inability to agree on a tariff structure, as the reasons for mothballing the Weld Range project.
Mr Barnett said that Mitsubishi, one of the world's largest companies, could certainly fund and build the project but it might be “a stretch” for Murchison to keep up its share of the agreement. “You may see other companies come in.” Mr Barnett said OPR had until the end of December to bring the whole project together. “They have six months to do that. If they don't, it will be reorganised.” The Premier said Oakajee had always been a difficult project, involving several mining companies and low-grade iron ore deposits. “The way in which this was set up, first, setting China in competition with Japan, was not a good idea,” Mr Barnett said. “Also, setting up the proponents for the rail and port who also have a direct interest in the mine immediately creates conflicts for other miners and that's what's playing out.” Mr Barnett said the federal government's proposed mineral resources and carbon taxes had also made things difficult for Oakajee, and senior Chinese government officials had raised that with him in recent weeks. But he said billions of dollars had already been invested in mines in the mid-west and the state and commonwealth governments had committed to putting $680 million into building and owning the port. The Premier said he still considered Oakajee the most important development project for WA, benefiting Geraldton and other mid-west centres and providing thousands of jobs for people in WA's south. He said the state's investment was a commercial one to underpin the development and generate income from port charges to benefit WA for the next 50 to 100 years.
参照記事 75th Aftershock of Magnitude 6 or Higher Hits Near Japan OurAmazingPlanet Staff Date: 23 June 2011 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Japan today, the 75th aftershock of at least magnitude 6.0 from the devastating magnitude 9.0 quake on March 11, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake data is preliminary and subject to revision.
Japan has been rocked by hundreds of aftershocks since the deadly Tohoku earthquake, the biggest in Japan's recorded history. The aftershocks have been so plentiful that the world's premier earthquake-measurement service has since modified its alert system to filter out the smaller aftershocks. The largest aftershock was a magnitude 7.9 quake that struck less than an hour after the main shock. A magnitude 7.7 also struck that day. A magnitude 7.1 aftershock struck on April 7. [When Will the Aftershocks in Japan End?] The number of aftershocks seems staggering, but geologists are not surprised, especially for such large mainshock. The rule of thumb for aftershock strength is that the biggest aftershock will be about one magnitude smaller than the mainshock. The latest aftershock struck about 54 miles (88 kilometers) east of Honshu. The quake ruptured 20 miles (32 km) below the Earth's surface. Since the main quake off Japan's northeastern coast, hundreds aftershocks have shaken the island of Honshu, Japan's largest and home to 100 million people. Today's aftershock was caused by thrust faulting near the Japan Trench, the boundary between the Pacific and North America tectonic plates (the huge, moving slabs of the Earth's crust). Thrust faulting happens when one tectonic plate dives under another. In this case, the Pacific plate is diving under the North America plate. Before the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, only nine magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes had ruptured in this subduction zone since 1973.
記事原文 No radiation on ship: union 23 Jun, 2011 11:42 AM There are no signs of radiation aboard a ship that arrived in Port Kembla laden with cars from Japan this morning, the maritime union has said. The Maritime Union of Australia had pressured the nuclear safety agency to test cars aboard the Trans Future 7 when it arrived from Yokohama via Brisbane. At a press conference at the port a short time ago, MUA southern NSW branch deputy secretary Scott Carter said while testing was continuing, there had been no radiation found by technicians from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency so far. The agency had expected the tests to come back clear. Authorities have no plans to test any more ships and many vessels from Japan have already been unloaded without testing, sparking concerns from the union. On Friday the Falcon Trader II arrives in Port Kembla from Susaki in southern Japan. MUA Southern NSW branch secretary Garry Keane told the Mercury on Tuesday that ‘‘across the board’’ testing for radiation should be in place for ships arriving from Japan.
記事原文 Murchison soars on rail line approval June 22, 2011 - 5:01PM Murchison Metals won environmental approval from the federal government for its Oakajee rail development in Western Australia, which it is developing with Mitsubishi, sending its shares up 23 per cent. It said it expects formal approval by the state environment minister for the port and rail project in the September quarter. Murchison is aiming to export iron ore from the fledgling midwest region of Western Australia in late 2014 or early 2015. In a 50-50 joint venture with Mitsubishi, it is developing a deep water port 1000 km south of the iron ore rich Pilbara region to initially ship 45 million tonnes of iron ore annually. Murchison's shares jumped 22.7 per cent to 81 cents, though that was only to a one-week high. But trading was heavy on four times its average volume.
記事原文 Kiwi migration to Australia hits record after Christchurch earthquake From correspondents in Wellington From: AFP June 21, 2011 5:08PM NEW Zealanders are migrating to Australia in record numbers following the Christchurch earthquakes, official data showed today. The net number of people leaving New Zealand for Australia in May this year was 3300, Statistics New Zealand said, eclipsing the previous monthly high of 2900 set in 1979. Government statistician Geoff Bascand said a high proportion of the exodus came from Christchurch, with some 800 departing permanently in May, compared to 500 in the same month last year. He said the number of departures increased after a devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's second largest city in February, killing 181 people. The quake followed a 7.0-magnitude tremor in September. "Since the earthquake on 22 February, the city has experienced 1300 more departures and 400 fewer arrivals than in the same period of 2010,'' Mr Bascand said. New Zealand and Australian citizens enjoy reciprocal residency arrangements, meaning New Zealanders can move to Australia and find work without applying for visas. Another factor attracting Kiwis across the Tasman Sea is the relative strength of Australia's resource-driven economy compared to its New Zealand counterpart, which has experienced muted growth in the past 12 months. A study by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research last year found the average Australian family had NZ$18,000 ($14,600) more disposable income a year than its New Zealand equivalent. The last mass migration of Kiwis to Australia was in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the economy was reeling from global oil price shocks and high unemployment. At the time, then prime minister Robert Muldoon famously quipped: "New Zealanders who emigrate to Australia raise the IQ of both countries.''
記事原文 Japanese cars to undergo radiation test Tuesday, June 21, 2011 » 08:50am Eight hundred cars arriving in New South Wales from Japan this week will be tested for radiation. Officials from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency will board the cargo ship Trans Future 7 when it docks in Port Kembla on the NSW south coast on Thursday. The Daily Telegraph reports 30 of the 800 cars from the Japanese port Yokohama are used cars which could have been in areas affected by the march earthquake and tsunami that damaged nuclear reactors along Japan's coast. The nuclear agency's acting head of Radiation Health Peter Johnston says they don't expect to find anything .. but will monitor a few vehicles before they unload to reassure dock workers. The Maritime Union of Australia supports the decision.
コメント またナニーステイト（必要以上に政府が規則を定める事）の早苗か？ アホだね。 中退者に対する差別でもある。 Over Regulation そのもので、万一上記が実行されれば無免許運転が横行し、余計に事故が増えるだけでなく、人生に嫌気のさした若者による通り魔、ストリートランページ（街中での発砲）、強姦等の凶悪犯罪が増えるだろう。
私の周りのオージーにはOver governing, Over regulationまた子供に関してはOver protection（過保護）という声がよく聞かれ、上記調査結果、並びにメディアの報道とかなりギャップがあるのには驚かされる。 同僚は「その内、人中で屁をしても訴えられるようになるぜ」 と本気で言っている。
記事原文 Carsguide survey finds 50 per cent of Australians think school dropouts shouldn't drive From: AAP June 20, 2011 6:59PM ABOUT 50 per cent of Australians think high school dropouts shouldn't be able to get their driver's licence, a new survey says. Almost 60 per cent of the 1200 people polled by Carsguide.com.au would consider barring dropouts from getting a driver's licence unless they leave school to learn a trade. Forty-eight per cent of people said the government should be able to ban dropouts from getting a licence, compared to 41 per cent who opposed such a move. The survey was prompted by similar action in the US as an incentive for young people to remain in school. "It's certainly a controversial concept that gets many hot under the collar," Carsguide.com.au editor Karla Pincott said in a statement today. "Most are open to the idea that if teenagers are not attending high school or learning a trade, they should not have a licence." With drivers aged 18 to 25 making up a substantial amount of the road toll, many believe that keeping school drop-outs off the road would increase safety. But Ms Pincott said plenty of people were opposed to such a move. "Those who are against it are extremely passionate in their opposition to linking school participation to licensing with many citing their own experience and success," she said. Lawmakers in Minnesota are considering a bill that would ban school dropouts from getting their licence.
参考記事 Nishikori to test Hewitt at Wimbledon Tom Wald, AAPJune 19, 2011, 2:02 pm He is an unabashed fan of Lleyton Hewitt but Kei Nishikori intends on driving another dagger into the Australian's faltering career in their opening round Wimbledon clash. The young Japanese player was only 12 years-old when Hewitt captured the Wimbledon title in 2002 and has the sort of movement the Australian can only dream about at present. Hewitt is determined to step onto court in south-west London but his troublesome foot makes him long odds to progress despite his renowned fighting spirit. In a worrying sign for the Australian, world No.59 Nishikori has found some touch on grass in the lead-up by reaching the semi-finals in Eastbourne. The 21-year-old has the sort of running game that world No.130 Hewitt does not need at the moment with every extra ball the Australian needs to hit leading him closer to his foot problem flaring up again. Nishikori, who trains at the famed Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, sounded a bit like a school kid about to take on his hero. "I always saw him play when I was little," he said. "It's a strange feeling to play him. Nishikori was fully aware of Hewitt's physical problems, having been in Eastbourne when the Australian retired mid-match against Olivier Rochus on Tuesday. "He's one of the great players and he likes grasscourts too, so it's going to be a really tough match," he said. "It's going to be a big match for me. "I know he's struggling a little bit. "Even this week he couldn't play. "But I'm not going to think he's injured when I'm playing against him."
記事原文 Suicide rates are increasing in Japanese regions most effected by the tsunami and nuclear disasters From: The Times June 17, 201110:30AM
THE Japanese Government has warned of an epidemic of depression and suicide as a result of mental trauma caused by the earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear disaster. The country already has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, but new figures show that the number of deaths has risen almost a fifth compared with a year ago. In Miyagi, the region worst hit by the March 11 tsunami, the figures are especially alarming, with suicides up 39 per cent. A government report is now warning that the stoicism of many victims in the early weeks of the disaster may mask post-traumatic stress disorder. This week a dairy farmer from the town of Soma, in the Fukushima region - near the crippled nuclear plant - was found to have hanged himself after being forced to sell his herd because of a ban on the sale of milk from the area. "It is a characteristic of the Great East Japan Earthquake that, as well as stress caused by large and sudden changes to daily life and the traumatic experience of the earthquake and tsunami, there are feelings of grief and loss resulting from the huge number of people missing and killed," the Government said in the report. "As well as grief, survivors also experience guilt because, although they tried to escape together, only some were saved. Then there is the shock of identifying bodies, for aid workers as well as victims, resulting in chronic depression or prolonged grief disorder." The observations appear to be reflected in the new figures, which show an 18 per cent national increase in suicides. In May, 3,281 people killed themselves, 499 more than the same month in 2010. Suicides in Tokyo were up 27 per cent. "Looking at the calm behaviour of many of the victims, we might assume that post-traumatic stress disorder caused by their experiences might be less than overseas," the report said. "However, until we receive more detailed information, we cannot reach a simple conclusion." Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, after Lithuania, several other former Soviet states and South Korea. In 2010, 31,690 people killed themselves in the country, the 13th consecutive year above 30,000. Suicide rates are closely tied to national trauma. Numbers increased from around 25,000 to more than 30,000 a year in the late 1990s, at a time of widespread bankruptcies and lay-offs caused by the collapse of the so-called "bubble economy". The number has always corresponded to unemployment rates - both peaked in 2003, for example. May is usually one of the worst months because of the low spirits at the beginning of the new corporate year - a condition known as gogatsubyo, or "May-itis". Yoshiharu Kin, of the National Centre for Mental Health, said: "Many people recover within six months, but 10 to 20 per cent suffer from chronic conditions. Mental care after the disaster needs to work over several months and several years.
記事原文 Japan builds world's steepest roller coaster, Takabisha From: news.com.au June 16, 2011 3:52PM A JAPANESE theme park is getting ready to unveil the world's steepest roller coaster, with a 121 degree incline and speeds of 100 kilometres per hour. The ride, which cost a whopping $40 million to build, is found at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park in Yamanash, and has been named 'Takabisha' - which means 'dominant' in English.
According to The Daily Mail, Takabisha, which has Mt Fuji as a backdrop, is set to open on July 16 this year.
It's packed with jaw-dropping features including seven twists, blackened tunnels and a 43 metre high peak. But the most impressive thing about Takabisha is the freefall at 121 degrees, which is so steep it's Guinness Book of Records-worthy.
Relying on a combination of gravity and a set of linear motors attached to the cars, you'll be strapped in and flung down the incline at 100 km/h, experiencing a feeling of weightlessness as you go.
The current Guinness World Record-holding roller coaster is the UK's Mumbo Jumbo ride at Flamingoland in Yorkshire. This ride has held the title of "The World's Steepest Roller Coaster" since July 2009, but with an incline of just 112 degrees, Takabisha will be an essential 9 degrees steeper.
Once the ride has been certified, it will be the 14th Guinness World Record set by Fuji-Q, which is one of the leading amusement parks in the world for thrill-seekers.
When it's up and running, Takabisha will cost $11.75 (Y1000) to ride, excluding park admission fees.
抜粋記事 Pop goes the price bubble Herald sun 16/06/2011 The bubble has burst in Melbourne’s top suburbs. Luxury home in the city of Melbourne have been hardest hit, with the median house price tumbling more than 27.6% from a high of $1.025million last September to$742,000. RP Data statistics also reveal prices in the City of Stonington- taking in Malvern, South Yarra, Toorak, Armadale and Prahran-have cooled almost 20% from their peak of $1,418,250 in April last year to $1,137,500 as well as Bay side suburbs which recorded fall of 14.8% with the median house price dropping from its peak of $1,300,000 to $1,108,000. The most expensive suburb is Toorak with median house price of $2,970,000. The most affordable suburb is Melton which the median house price is $245,000.
記事原文 Harpooned whales radioactive, says Japan ABC June 15, 2011, 6:27 pm Japan says it has found traces of radioactive caesium in two whales harpooned off its northern shores. The two minke whales were recently harpooned off the island of Hokkaido. The country's fisheries agency says low levels of radioactive caesium were found in the whales, adding they may have been contaminated by the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant which has been leaching radioactive material into the Pacific. The agency says the level of contamination in the whales is far below Japan's maximum safe limit for marine products.
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記事原文 Malls going to the wall as internet shopping becomes more popular From: The Australian June 15, 2011 12:00AM SOME are saying the end is nigh for the traditional shopping mall retail model. Typical anchor tenants such as fashion stores and book shops are struggling.
The collapse yesterday of clothing retailer Colorado just weeks after the closure of 82 Borders and Angus & Robertson book stores is just the latest sign of the times. Online retailing is making its mark, reported The Australian. Colorado's receiver Ferrier Hodgson announced the closure of the 109-store chain yesterday as well as an additional 31 stores across the Mathers, Williams, Diana Ferrari and Jag banners, which it also owns, throwing 1042 staff out of work.
The move follows the collapse of the Borders bookstore chain in Australia, with administrators announcing earlier this month they would close the nine remaining Borders shops by July 17, having already closed 17 Borders and 56 Angus & Robertson stores since the company collapsed in February with debts of $170 million. While online sales account for just 3.4 per cent of total Australian retail spending, Citigroup analysts estimate almost 10 per cent of book and music sales are made online, while for clothing and accessories the figure is more than 6 per cent. Scott Thompson, president of online payments processor PayPal, expects mobile and online purchases to capture "well more than 10 per cent" of the retail sector, and could eventually account for up to a third of total consumer spending. Milton Cockburn, chief executive at Shopping Centre Council Australia, said although the most recent industry figures put retail vacancy rates at less than 2 per cent, the shift to online shopping must inevitably have an impact on traditional retail outlets. "Looking at overall vacancy rates, it doesn't appear to be an issue at the present time, but it's certainly having an impact on the tenancy mix of shopping centres -- there's not a great deal of leasing activity going on to booksellers," Mr Cockburn said.
"The demand for retail space for bookstores at the moment is zero, and shopping centres are losing significant tenants in Angus & Robertson and Borders, and it's a foretaste of what's going to happen on a more macro level." Russell Zimmerman, executive director with the Australian Retailers Association, said he also expected retail vacancies to rise, following the collapses of doughnut chain Krispy Kreme, fashion chain Colorado, homeware retail Villa & Hut, ice-cream chain Baskin Robbins and Ed Harry, all of which have closed stores over the past 12 months. "There is some retail space around but how much is showing up on the landlords' books I'm not sure," Mr Zimmerman said. "If we don't see an increase in retail sales in the near future, we will see some of the retailers re-evaluate whether they need to be in some of these shopping centres." Anecdotal reports suggest some landlords have taken a softer approach when negotiating rental increases, as retailers had not achieved the turnover needed to pay the standard rent increase of inflation plus 2 per cent. Westfield chairman Frank Lowy told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting last month that the outlook remained solid for the shopping mall model despite the near-term threat of poor consumer sentiment. "If we take a medium to long-term view, the fundamentals of the Australian economy are strong, and this will underpin the growth of shopping centres into the foreseeable future," he said. "In Australia, our portfolio remains solid with strong demand from retailers for space and moderate sales growth from our specialty retailers." But Symon Brewis-Weston, executive general manager of corporate financial services at the Commonwealth Bank, said that in the US, where online shopping accounts for more than 7 per cent of retail sales -- and about 25 per cent of both the music and book sectors -- some low-grade shopping malls were close to collapse, with less than 50 per cent of stores open for trade. "When you look at the businesses that fill our malls, like JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, they might not be under threat today, but they're certainly being challenged -- the face of retailing as we know it could be completely different in 10 years," Mr Brewis-Weston said.
"Large anchor tenants like Coles and Woolworths are the first thing a mall needs, but things like Borders are also a destination store that shoppers travel for." Morgan Stanley has estimated Australia's experience of online shopping lags the US by about five years, and has forecast internet purchasing to capture more than 20 per cent of total retail sales growth by 2015. Mr Brewis-Weston said large-format retailers may consider shifting to the showroom model popular in Asian markets, where floor stock is limited to a small number of "demonstrator" items and transactions are conducted online.
However, Bernie Brookes, chief of department store chain Myer, said the "theatre" of large-scale retail meant it would always have a place in the market despite the convenience of online shopping. "The arrival of large-screen TVs and DVDs and the easier access to movie downloads was supposed to spell the end for cinemas. However, this has not been the case at all. The inclusion of premium seating options and other special events has ensured that cinemas are continuing to attract audiences." Mr Brookes said Myer was following this trend towards increased customer services with in-store cafes, hair salons, eyebrow bars, make-up studios, clothing alterations, weight watchers clinics and breast cancer screening clinics. "There is a significant shopping centre culture within Australian society and we expect this to continue," he said.
記事原文 Rabbit born without ears near Fukushima nuclear plant From: The Daily Telegraph June 13, 2011 Fukushima mutant rabbit An earless bunny has been discovered just outside the radiation zone of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. FRESH fears over a nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima plant have re-ignited after a rabbit born close to the facility was found to have no ears. Locals have been left wondering whether this earless bunny - found near the facility at the end of last month - was the first sign of side-effects from the nuclear catastrophe.
記事原文 More snow forecast to fall from Friday AAP June 14, 2011 VICTORIA'S ski fields had one of their best starts to the season in years with the three major resorts reporting big crowds and plenty of snow. At Falls Creek, spokeswoman Debbie Howie said temperatures as low as minus-7C during the past week had created excellent snow-making conditions. Added to moderate natural falls, the man-made snow created an average cover of around 43cm. The resort had three lifts operating over the weekend and an estimated 3000 people over Saturday and Sunday. Mt Buller's car parks were jam-packed with Melburnians flocking to the city's closest major ski resort over the long weekend. Mt Buller recorded 30cm of natural snow and created 50cm in man-made areas as the weekend progressed. At Mt Hotham, spokeswoman Gina Woodward said they had an amazing start on Saturday, attracting around about 1200 people over the weekend. Three lifts were in operation with an average of 24cm snow depth over the mountain. ''It was our best start to the season since 2000,'' she said. The trend looks to continue with more snow forecast to fall from Friday.
暴れるのは空手だけではなかった。 ある日ガス会社のおじさんがメーターをチェックしに来た。 学校は休みで嫁はバク睡中であったが、マッシュは起きていた。 そのマッシュが窓の外の怪しい陰に気づいた。 彼はベッドの横に立てかけてある竹刀を引っつかむとガバとドアを開けその男に襲い掛かった。 「キャイキャイキャイ…」 彼はやみくもに竹刀を振り回す。 「なんなんだこいつは？」 おじさんは彼の形相に恐れを無し、早々に逃げ去った。 その後郵便受けに 「 Unable to read the meter due to interference by a violent man」 （凶暴な男による妨害の為メーターチェック出来ず） との手紙が入っていた。
記事原文 Thieves target Japan's abandoned nuclear zone 11/06/2011 ABC Japanese police say burglars are targeting vacant homes inside the no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. A special force has now been set up to patrol the abandoned areas. Japan's Yomiuri newspaper is reporting that since the beginning of last month there have been 42 burglaries inside the 20-kilometre evacuation zone. It says thieves usually smashed through glass doors and took cash, jewellery and Buddha statues. Authorities have now set up a special force of 300 police to patrol the abandoned areas. Overall, serious and violent crime has decreased in Fukushima since the nuclear crisis.
記事原文 Japan launches Pacific 'research' whaling June 11, 20113:20PM JAPAN sent a whaling fleet to the north-west Pacific for what it called a research hunt today, four months after cutting short a similar mission in the Antarctic due to obstruction by activists. The three-vessel fleet, led by the Nisshin Maru, plans to catch 260 whales including 100 minkes until late August to study their stomach contents, DNA and other information, according to the Institute of Cetacean Research.
The government-affiliated institute has organised such operations since 1987, citing a loophole in a 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling which allows hunts for scientific research.
Anti-whaling nations and environmentalist groups condemn the activity as a cover for commercial whaling but Japan said it is necessary to substantiate its claim that there is a robust whale population in the world.
The institute said the mission would be its 18th scientific expedition to the north-west Pacific.
On February 18, Japan halted a research hunt in the Antarctic Ocean for the 2010-2011 season, which had been due to run from December until March, because of obstruction by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd.
The US-based Sea Shepherd, which says its tactics are non-violent but aggressive, hurled paint and stink bombs at whaling ships, snared their propellers with rope, and moved its own boats between the harpoon ships and their prey.
The four-ship fleet killed 172 whales in that season, only about a fifth of its target, the fisheries agency said at that time.
Australia - which last year launched legal action against Japan's whaling program at the International Court of Justice - and New Zealand said they hoped Japan had given up whaling for good.
The institute told Japanese media that there has been no instance of obstructive activities in the north-west Pacific so far but that "we cannot automatically consider the area safe."
記事原文 One in six female students raped: report Australian universities are promising to redouble efforts to improve women's safety in light of a survey in which one in six female students said they had been raped. The National Union of Students (NUS) Let's Talk About It survey of 1,500 women found 17 per cent had experienced rape, 12 per cent had experienced attempted rape and 11 per cent had experienced assault by penetration. It found 67 per cent women had experienced unwanted sexual encounters and only 3 per cent had reported them to their universities. Only 2 per cent reported incidents to the police. NUS spokeswoman Courtney Sloane says the findings are unacceptable. "The results confirm what student organisations had been hearing anecdotally for years: that violence against women is happening at unacceptably high rates," she said. "The level of violence against women outlined in these results is unacceptable in this day and age." Eighty-six per cent of women surveyed had experienced sexual harassment in the form of someone making sexual noises or comments. More than three quarters said they felt unsafe after dark, while one in six said they had experienced stalker-like or obsessive behaviour. But Ms Sloane says she is optimistic about the future of campus-based anti-violence initiatives. "Now that we have a clear picture of the issues and a framework for addressing them, I am hopeful this blueprint will begin a process that will see universities and students working together to end violence against women at their institutions," she said. The NUS is calling for better surveillance, staff training and awareness campaigns. Universities Australia spokesman Glenn Withers says reform requires "millions of dollars" in government funding. Dr Michael Flood, from the anti-violence group the White Ribbon Foundation, supports the report's 30 recommendations, but says measures that educate men are the most effective. He says mandatory rape-prevention classes, like those in the US, would reduce toxic attitudes.