記事原文 hild beauty pageant sparks Melbourne protests AM Updated July 30, 2011 15:42:13
Protesters have gathered in Melbourne's CBD to rally against a child beauty pageant being held at Northcote, in the city's north today, in which babies as young as two months old have been enrolled. They are calling for new laws to ban young children entering beauty pageants, and a code of conduct for the children's performances. Catherine Manning from the protest group - Pull the Pin on Beauty Pageants for Children - says age restrictions are needed for such events. "To me it's abhorrent," she said. To those involved in the pageant however, it is harmless and fun. The Universal Royalty beauty pageant, a US-style event, involves babies and toddlers as contestants. Organisers say the participants are judged on facial beauty, overall appearance, personality and talent. Such events have seen participants using wigs, false teeth and spray tan. It has also been featured in the US reality TV show, Toddlers and Tiaras. 'Simply toxic' Some say the pageant borders on child abuse. Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, who specialises in adolescent mental health would like to see such events banned altogether. "We have got to say no," he said. "In my view if you were to say to me that you put your child in that situation I would absolutely suggest to you that it's bordering on child abuse. "These children will not come out of this unscarred psychologically and we're all sitting around rather like voyeurs watching it happen. There's something really quite obscene about that." Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner, Bernie Geary, is attending the event and says he will hand his observations to the State Government. But Dr Carr-Gregg is dismayed that the event has even been able to start. All of the evidence says that this sort of early sexualisation of young people is associated with negative body image, disordered eating, depression, anxiety, low self esteem. It's simply toxic to the young people of Australia. Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg "I'm disappointed that calls by the Australian Childhood Foundation, myself, Kids Free to be Kids and collective shout to the Minister Wendy Lovell to basically ban this stupid pageant has been ignored, so have our calls to the Federal Government," he said. "All of the evidence says that this sort of early sexualisation of young people is associated with negative body image, disordered eating, depression, anxiety, low self esteem. It's simply toxic to the young people of Australia." Ms Manning, who also conducts school workshops for girls on body image and self-esteem, would not go so far as to describe the pageants as child abuse. But she also wants more action from politicians. "We'd like to see an age restriction, probably 16 years of age and then a code of conduct around not just beauty pageants but children's performance, activities where they're quite often encouraged to engage in adult beauty procedures like waxing and spray tanning just to perform," she said. 'Mother-daughter time' Pageant organiser Annette Hill spoke to Fairfax Radio yesterday. "Who is it for someone to tell a parent you can't do tutoring with your child or football with their child or dance with your child. It's the same thing," she said. "We've bonded together and like mother-daughter time, gone on holidays as well," one parent told Channel Nine. "Just honestly, something fun for me and her to do together. Bond together," said another. But Ms Manning believes most Australians do resist the attraction of the US-style events. "There's acceptance from people in America that that's just part of the culture. I think people are quite affronted by shows like Toddlers and Tiaras and this type of Universal Royalty, high glitz pageant," she said. The pageant ends today, but no doubt the debate will continue.
Photo: American child pageant star, five-year-old Eden Wood,
記事原文 Chinese teen Zhang Bin survives being stabbed in the head with a sword By staff writers From: news.com.au July 28, 2011 2:21PM A Chinese teenager has survived after being stabbed in the head with a sword. Picture: Wikipedia / Mars 1111 Source: Supplied A CHINESE teenager has miraculously survived after a gruesome accident in which a sword was embedded in his head. GRAPHIC WARNING — SCROLL DOWN TO SEE A PHOTO OF ZHANG'S INJURY The blade ended up 5cm into Zhang Bin's forehead after he and a group of friends started playing with the weapon, reported The Sun. The 15-year-old had to wait four hours before receiving treatment after the first hospital he was rushed to was reportedly unable to treat the injury. Zhang was then driven to another hospital 400km away in Changsha, Hunan Province. "Three classmates came to visit me at home and one of them brought a sword," the teen said of the accident. "He stood 3-4m away from me. I don't know how the sword flew at me and stabbed into my head." After four hours of surgery Zhang was expected to make a full recovery.
記事原文 Indian boy with 34 fingers and toes breaks world record, reports say From: The Daily Telegraph July 26, 2011 2:37PM A ONE-year-old boy in India has broken a world record after being born with 34 fingers and toes. Akshat Saxena had seven fingers on each hand and ten toes on each foot, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records. The child, from Uttar Pradesh in northern India, has since had a series of surgeries to amputate the excess digits. Akshat was born last year without thumbs so doctors are working to reconstruct these out of the fingers they have removed. His mother Amrita Saxena said: "I was so happy to see my baby as it was our first child. "But later, when I saw his fingers, I was shocked and surprised." The condition is known as polydactyly, a genetic disorder which can be inherited and gives rise to excess digits. The record was previously held by a six-year-old boy in China who had 15 fingers and 16 toes. The child, who his family refused to name, also had surgery to remove his extra digits. He now has ten fingers and ten toes following a six-and-a-half hour operation at a hospital in Shenyang, Liaoning last March.
記事原文 Solar panels black market's hottest item From: The Daily Telegraph July 25, 2011 12:00AM LOCK up your solar panels - thieves are stealing them off rooftops. Thefts from schools, shops and factories have led to fears of an emerging black market in solar energy systems. Truckloads of solar panels have been stolen, mirroring a trend in the US. The Daily Telegraph reports on the Gold Coast last week, thieves used a stolen truck and a forklift to steal 300 panels and inverters worth more than $540,000.
In March, 30 federally funded solar panels worth $50,000 were stolen from a Victorian college. The thieves spent six hours extracting the panels. "There is a big market for cheap panels," a southern Sydney-based solar panel industry insider said. "The top-end panels are not cheap so people are looking for more affordable ways to acquire good quality energy systems." Australian Solar Energy Society CEO John Grimes feared thieves could be injured disconnecting live systems. "I have heard of panels going missing from schools but I don't believe it is a widespread problem like we've seen in some other countries," Mr Grimes said. "These systems have live wires that can put out as much as 600V depending on the set-up so it is extremely dangerous for people to attempt to steal the panels." Mr Grimes said homeowners should ensure their panels were covered by their home contents insurance policy. "Building security is very important. You have to treat your panels like your other property and make sure it is secure," he said. "The panels have a life of 25 years so there is potential for thieves to store them away." Earlier this month, a US company showcased new technology to protect solar panel systems, using a special fastener with a unique key entry lock. Other security measures include installing movement detectors near panels, using one-way screws, chaining panels together and engraving panel frames so they can be tracked. In India, thieves have stolen thousands of panels from the Punjab Energy Development Agency.
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記事原文 Surge in home repossessions From: Herald Sun July 23, 2011 MORE than 400 repossession writs have been served on home buyers in the past two months. They are the highest figures for almost two years, more than double the number of repossession writs filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria six months ago. Lenders lodged 206 writs in the Supreme Court last month against people who had defaulted on their mortgage repayments. It was slightly less than May's figure of 221 writs. The last time figures were so high was in July 2009, when 231 repossession writs were filed. In December there were just 89 and in January 90. The writs are the first step in the repossession process, though many home owners come to an agreement with their bank. Between July 2007 and June 2009 the number of monthly repossession writs filed in the Supreme Court dipped below 200 only twice. Consumer Action Law Centre policy director Gerard Brody said: "What the figures do show is there are many home owners under stress and being subject to foreclosure." Mr Brody said the figures probably under-represented the real picture because many people sold before lenders took court action. He said borrowers had to take action early if they were suffering financial pressure. "If they leave it to the day the locks are going to be changed, there's really not much they can do about it," he said. Mr Brody urged people having money troubles to call the free service MoneyHelp on 1800 149 689.
記事原文 Guatemalan woman finds 12-metre-deep sinkhole under her bed From: news.com.au July 22, 2011 6:53AM GETTING out of bed can be a dangerous business. Treacherous sinkholes have made residents of Guatemala City, in Guatemala, increasingly worried about the ground beneath their feet. Inocenta Hernandez is the latest person to get a shock - she found a 12-metre sinkhole under her bed. The 65-year-old described waking up after hearing a loud explosion and thinking it was a gas canister blast at a neighbour's house. She said: "We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed." Police and emergency services dashed to visit the site and make it safe. Ms Hernandez added: "Thank God there are only material damages, because my grandchildren were running around the house, into that room and out to the patio." The northern part of Guatemala City is prone to sinkholes as it is built on volcanic deposits - and some people are not so lucky. In 2007 a 150m deep sinkhole swallowed three homes and a truck killing three people. And in 2010 a three-storey building disappeared when a sinkhole measuring 20m wide and 30m deep opened up in the ground.
関連記事 Sydney featured in al-Qaeda magazine Thursday, July 21, 2011 » 11:19am An image of the Sydney Opera House has appeared in a terrorism and bomb-making magazine produced by al-Qaeda, worrying counter-terrorism officials. However, federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland says Australia's terrorist threat level has not been changed. "I have been advised this publication does not represent any change to the extent of the terrorist threat within Australia," Mr McClelland said in a statement on Thursday. "And I am advised it has not been accompanied by any specific threat in Australia or to Australian citizens." The iconic building features on the front of Inspire Magazine, an online publication that includes instructions on how to make bombs. The magazine is published by associates of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has been described as one of the most active sections of the terror network. The terrorism alert level, which has been in place since 2001, still means a terrorist attack could occur and Mr McClelland said the photograph was a reminder of the terrorist threat Australia faced. "This publication does serve as a reminder of the need for constant vigilance in countering terrorist threats," he said. "It's clear the material is intended to provoke a strong emotive reaction." Given the magazine's "intent to incite violence", Mr McClelland said the government was taking steps to reduce its exposure, including writing to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to remove links to the magazine. "ASIO has also made a request to relevant Australian providers to restrict access to sites which link to this material." However, he acknowledged that in the age of the internet, removing all access was extremely difficult. "In the modern age of global electronic communications, the reality is this material will emerge on overseas sites," he said. NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Dein, the state's counter-terrorism commander, said police were "trying to work out what it really means". "It probably represents an icon in the Western world which is an appropriate target for terrorists," he told ABC radio. "There's no text or commentary in the magazine that's either touched on the Opera House or Sydney or Australia for that matter, except for the full-page photograph depicting the Opera House." Former federal police terrorism analyst Leah Farrall told Fairfax newspapers the photograph was a cause for concern but was also a product of "publicity-hungry jihadis". "In the end, all we know is that a photograph of one of our most prominent landmarks has turned up on a page about bomb-making in a magazine that is encouraging people to take action on their own and blow things up in Western countries," Ms Farrall said. "At a really simple level that will be cause for concern, but it will be tempered with the recognition that these are the most publicity-hungry jihadis we have come across so far." Anyone with any information about any terrorist activity or threat should call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.
関連記事 Dogs swimming with sharks goes viral Thursday, July 21, 2011 » 01:19pm
An Australian video has caused a splash around the world after two dogs were filmed taking on sharks. Cameraman, Russell Hood-pen, was on holidays in Broome with his wife when he taped the dogs swimming with a group of sharks. Smh.com.au reports Hood-pen and his wife were visiting a remote indigenous community when one of the locals informed them of the interesting attraction. 'The lady said if you're lucky and you go down the boat ramp at high tide you might get to see the dogs swimming with the sharks, so off we went down there and sure enough ... there were these two dogs and they were swimming with the sharks, they were swimming out maybe 50 or 60 metres and it almost looked like they were rounding the sharks up and bringing them to the shallows,' Hood-penn said in a phone interview to smh.com.au. 'We were there watching it for 20 or 30 minutes ... and right when I decided to take the video the dogs swam in and then one of the dogs just dove down and grabbed hold of the shark's tail and went for a swim in the water with him.' The sharks are believed to be lemon sharks, which have sharp teeth, grow to three metres and are common in tropical water at moderate depths. The clip has had over 1.3 million hits on You Tube. [広告] VPS
コメント What kind of fack is that! くだらねえ！ ま日本人の場合、普通に ふぁっくぅ って言っても多分大丈夫だよ。
記事原文 Protests against Vic anti-swearing laws Sunday, July 17, 2011 » 04:28pm
A small but angry group of activists gathered on the steps of state parliament on Sunday to protest against new laws they say deny them freedom of speech and is turning Victoria into a nanny state. Since July 1, police have had permanent powers to issue $240 on-the-spot fines to anyone using language deemed to be indecent or offensive. The powers had been trialled for the past three years but the new laws make it permanent. The handful of protesters outside parliament proudly wore their T-Shirts and badges emblazoned with swear words, including one that read 'UnF the world'. But with police looking on, they were careful not to drop the F-Bomb as they vowed to continue their campaign against the laws. Ali Sayed, one of the protest organisers, said the new laws gave abstract and discretionary powers to police to decide what was indecent or offensive language. People should have the opportunity to defend themselves in court, and the law was merely a revenue-building exercise they estimated would raise up to $50 million in the next three or four years, Mr Sayed said. The government says the law will free up police resources and enable them to more effectively act against loud-mouthed, obnoxious behaviour that can make going out to public places unpleasant for other members of the public
記事原文 Japan boycott blocks whale sanctuary AFPJuly 15, 2011, 8:47 am The global forum charged with both protecting and overseeing the hunting of whales has ended a four-day session with a walkout by pro-whaling nations to block a vote on the creation of a new sanctuary. The 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, in other words, ended true to form. “You can only conclude that this commission - which, despite a moratorium, does not have a mandate to stop the large-scale hunting still going on - is genuinely dysfunctional,” said Frederic Briand, head of Monaco's delegation. “Since the moratorium was put in place in 1986, more than 33,000 whales have been killed,” he said as the 89-nation body adjourned for another year. A significant number of the giant sea mammals are also killed through so-called “by-catch” and ship collisions. The one modicum of progress achieved here was the adoption by consensus on Wednesday of a British plan to discourage influence peddling by changing the way member nations pay their dues. Under the old rules, members could pay subscription fees - ranging from a few thousand to more than $100,000 dollars - by cash or cheque, a practice that fuelled allegations of corruption. The IWC was rocked last year by accusations in the British press that Japan used cash and development aid to “buy” votes from Caribbean and African nations. Japan, which denied the charges, is one of three countries along with Norway and Iceland that practice large-scale whaling despite the moratorium, collectively taking more than 1,000 whales annually in recent years. Such payments must now be made by bank transfer, as is done in other international organisations. Some anti-whaling delegates and environmental groups took a “glass-half-full” approach to the outcome. “The commission, despite the recurrent standoff between pro-hunting and pro-conservation nations, is taking small steps in the right direction,” said Sigrid Luber, president of Ocean Care, an advocacy group. Ms Luber said the new measure should make it easier “for delegates to express their own opinions”. Progress was also made towards recognising the conservation status of dozens of smaller cetaceans - an order grouping 80-odd whales, dolphins and porpoises - and not just the 15 giant sea mammals currently covered by the IWC. Others also point out that the moratorium, while flouted by the trio of hunting nations, has helped many species inch back from the brink of extinction. The majority of whale stocks are moving in the right direction, often at a pace of five to 10 per cent per year,” noted French scientist Vincent Ridoux, a member of the Commission's scientific committee. “That is a direct result of the ban on commercial hunting,” he said. But on Thursday, the deep-seated divide that pulls this body apart surfaced again when Japan led a walk-out of pro-whaling nations to insure that a vote to create a sanctuary in the South Atlantic - spearheaded by Brazil and Argentina - would fail to muster the necessary quorum. Currently there are two such whale havens, one in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, and the other in the Indian Ocean. Japan carries out an annual hunt during the southern hemisphere summer in Antarctic waters and said this week it planned to return next season despite vows from anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to disrupt the hunt. In February, Japan recalled its Antarctic fleet a month ahead of schedule with only one fifth of its planned catch, citing interference from Sea Shepherd's vessels. A bid to boost the voice and access of non-governmental organisations in the IWC's proceedings also failed. "I know some of us would have liked to go further, particularly on the issue of observer and civil society participation,” said Richard Pullen, the head of Britain's delegation. “But negotiations mean compromise.”
記事原文 International Whaling Commission to ban cash membership payments to stop vote buying From: AAP July 14, 2011 1:50PM AUSTRALIAN conservationists have described as historic a move by the International Whaling Commission that is expected to prevent pro-whaling countries from being able to pay cash for votes. The recommendation accepted at the IWC's 63rd annual meeting will prohibit member countries from paying their membership fees by cash. Instead, they will have to pay by bank transfer from government accounts, which will allow for better transparency. In the past, Japan has been accused of paying other member countries' fees to buy their support. Director of Australian conservation group Whales Alive Mick McIntyre said the stance by the IWC was an important step towards ending this practice. "This is an historic day for whale protection, Mr McIntyre said. "Today we took a huge step forward in our battle to stop whaling, without the ability for Japan to buy votes the balance will swing back towards whale conservation and back in line with world opinion." He said currently 89 member countries of the IWC are almost evenly split between pro and anti-whaling countries.
記事原文 Australians hooked on credit cards as debt climbs to almost $50 billion From: news.com.au July 14, 2011 12:39PM AUSTRALIANS owe a record $49.4 billion on credit cards with households maxing their plastic to cover escalating living costs. New Reserve Bank of Australia statistics shows total credit card balances have blown out by almost 45 per cent in the past five years to $49.4 billion in May, with $37 billion of this racking up interest. The number of credit and charge card accounts is about to top 15 million for the first time, an increase of almost 20 per cent in the past five years with an average debt of $3322 a card.
However, the typical family credit card debt is likely to be much higher, with many households juggling repayments on two or more cards. The massive mountain of debt will continue to escalate indefinitely with many lenders charging interest rates on credit card accounts four times higher than the official RBA cash rate of 4.75 per cent. More than two-thirds of consumers’ outstanding debt is accruing interest at the average rate of nearly 20 per cent - a 20-year high.
記事原文 Japanese whalers returning to Southern Ocean Environment reporter Sarah Clarke Updated July 13, 2011 20:13:37 Japan has confirmed its ships will be back in the Southern Ocean this year to continue its whaling program. After an early withdrawal from last summer's so-called scientific whale hunt in the region, Japan told the International Whaling Commission meeting in the Channel Islands that it will return this year. But Australia has rejected Japan's request for greater protection against activists. The anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has confirmed that it too will continue its pursuit and return to the Southern Ocean. Japan had asked Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand for help, saying effective measures to stop violent attacks from whaling activists are essential, but federal Environment Minister Tony Burke refused the request. He told the whaling commission that Australia abided by international safety laws. Conservation groups have ridiculed Japan's request. "Australia doesn't recognise Japan's activities anyway because they don't consider it legitimate research," said Mick McIntyre, a representative from Whales Alive at the IWC meeting. He says Japan's request was mind-boggling, and Australia's rebuff was appropriate. "I think it's outrageous that Japan would think that their activities in the Antarctic would be a special case," he said. "I think it's outrageous they would think their activities are any different or any better than anyone else's activities in the Antarctic, and Australia responded accordingly, stating that they treat every case exactly the same under domestic or international law."
記事原文 Japanese scientists grow first stem cell tooth Updated July 13, 2011 11:24:28 Japanese scientists have grown an entire tooth from stem cells implanted into the kidney of a mouse. The US Public Library of Science Journal reports the tooth is fully functional and mature, with bone and ligament around it. It is thought to be the first time this procedure has been successful. Queensland University of Technology cell biologist Dr David Leavesley says creating a fully functional, complex cell tissue is the vital step scientists have been waiting for. "(The tooth) is the Golden Fleece, or if you like, is the gold at end of rainbow that we're aiming for," he said. Tokyo University of Science research team member Professor Takashi Tsuji says he hopes this breakthrough will make the research department a pioneer of taking multiple cells and combining them in a complex way to create parts of the body. The team grew the tooth from a mouse's stem cells, which were grown inside a drop of collagen, and placed inside a living mouse's kidney. The new tooth was then transplanted successfully into another mouse's jaw. Dr Leavesley says he is unaware of anyone else having success with this technique. "No-one else that I'm aware of has been able to transplant a complex organ structure like a tooth, which is not a simple designed organ," he said. "But more importantly it provides it with those strong connections, the ligaments, which hold it in place." Dr Leavesley says this procedure was possible because the kidney provided the warmth to incubate the tooth to grow. "All the kidney's done is provide it with a nice warm, moist environment, with enough food and with a waste disposal system to get rid of the waste products, the toxins that simply growing creates, and so that's what's novel," he said. The success of this procedure is significant on many fronts. In dentistry, it offers an alternative to nerveless artificial teeth, and offers gum replacements for those with corrosive jaw diseases. Imperial College Structural Ceramics chair Professor Eduardo Saiz says it is an exciting step forward. "They have been able to recreate in the lab a complete tooth ... that's already a big accomplishment," he said. The research echoes work by Melbourne scientists who have been growing mammary tissue inside the human body. But because the tooth is more complex in structure than anything grown before, it opens up a range of possibilities. Professor Tsuji says the ultimate goal is to grow livers and kidneys to relieve the world's shortage of organs for transplants.
He hopes to help as many patients as possible by developing the technology further. Dr Leavesley agrees that the breakthrough opens the gate to growing other body parts. "This is a bony tissue so I would predict that in a few years, and possibly within say 10 years, we can probably transplant, regenerate fingers and toes and perhaps even limbs," he said. "Ultimately we might even be able to generate eyes." Professor Tsuji says the procedure's first commercial application will be used to grow hair follicles.
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関連記事 The fast life of Ayrton Senna Steve Colquhoun | 12th July 2011 ''BE CAREFUL, you still have so much to do.'' Ayrton Senna, on May 1, 1994, acknowledges the advice of his good friend and formula one doctor Sid Watkins with gravitas but without the awful foreknowledge of audiences watching the documentary that carries his name. As one among the millions around the world who closely followed Senna's brilliant but temperamental career with a mixture of awe and amazement, you just want to reach up and through the big screen and shake the intense Brazilian superstar by the shoulders. To tell him on that fateful day at Imola in Italy to give in to the sense of foreboding that so disturbed him following the death the previous day of fellow driver Roland Ratzenburger. To abandon his steely determination to succeed at all costs. In short, you want to tell him not to get into that Williams F1 car on that day. He did, of course, and history reflects that the triple world champion's life ended when - leading the race following a safety car restart - his car went straight ahead at the high-speed Tamburello corner and slammed into a crash barrier. It was a big hit but surprisingly not as big or ugly as one that fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello had walked away from with minor injuries just two days earlier. A highly religious man, Senna always believed God was looking over him. But at the age of 34, it turned out that even his faith could not protect him from the broken suspension component that flew through the cockpit at the precise height and angle to pierce his helmet and inflict fatal head injuries. Senna - the movie - deals sensitively with the shock that reverberated around the racetrack and through the motor racing fraternity that day and around the world in the days following the tragedy. In his native Brazil, where unemployment and homelessness were rampant, he was beyond a hero. The outpouring of grief was unprecedented in that country. The early part of the film uses a fabulous array of footage to paint the picture of Senna's meteoric rise. Director Asif Kapadia, who won two BAFTA awards for his first feature, The Warrior, was granted unfettered access along with producer James Gay-Rees (The Real Howard Spitz, Exit Through the Gift Shop) to the sport's archives by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Formula one pit garages are typically bastions of secrecy where drivers, engineers and mechanics confer in hushed tones over the latest mega-expensive widget. In a world where races and world titles can be won and lost in hundredths or even thousandths of a second, keeping your rivals in the dark is crucial. That's what makes some of the fly-on-the-wall camerawork in Senna so special. Much of it was shot in the days when cigarette advertising flooded the sport's coffers, so Kapadia and Gay-Rees discovered an embarrassment of riches when it came to sifting through the footage. ''By Imola at the end of the movie, Senna has pretty much got 40 cameras on him everywhere he goes, so it became like cutting a drama,'' Kapadia says. ''We could literally have a mid-shot, a reverse, a two-shot profile and a high-angled helicopter shot if we wanted.'' Working Title Films co-chair Eric Fellner says the array of material meant they could be highly selective. ''It sounds a bit nerdy but we always tried to find the angle that hadn't been broadcast,'' he says. ''And then a lot of the stuff in the garage with Senna and the brilliant sequences of the drivers' conferences, no one has ever seen that.'' The production team also had access to some fabulous in-car and aerial footage. Early in the film, they dwell lovingly on the day in 1984 - a decade before his death - that the then-unheralded Brazilian tore through the rain-soaked streets of Monaco. He passed six former or future world champions on the way to what should have been his maiden victory but, amid scenes of confusion, the rain-halted race was instead awarded to Frenchman Alain Prost. There are the three world titles, of course, and perhaps most poignantly, his first victory on his home track in Brazil in 1991. An intensely patriotic man, Senna was so determined to win before his home crowd that he drove the final part of the race with his car jammed in sixth gear. The effort took such a toll that he passed out after crossing the finishing line and his hands had to be pried from the steering wheel before he could be assisted from the cockpit. Every good story has a villain and Senna has two - racing rival Prost and FIA boss Jean Marie Balestre. Perhaps because he hailed from outside the sport's European stronghold, the intensely competitive Brazilian soon made enemies of the two Frenchmen, who were among F1's most influential figures. The headbutting between Senna and Prost directly affected the outcome of at least two world titles, with the pair deliberately ramming each other at pivotal moments. ''I wanted to punch him in the face but I was so disgusted I could not do it,'' said Prost after one collision. It was well known, even to race fans watching on television from the other side of the world, that the animosity between the pair - teammates at the dominant McLaren outfit for much of the time - was palpably real both on and off the track. It clearly was not just a PR-manufactured rivalry to promote the sport or the team. ''It had to be this way,'' Senna is heard to say after deliberately crashing into the little Frenchman, crushing any hope Prost had of snatching the 1990 world title, gifting it to the Brazilian. It is a statement that says much about Senna's almost maniacal will to win and haughty self-righteousness and is one of a number of moments that demonstrate Senna to be anything but the saint his legacy might suggest. The ongoing stoush with the feisty Frenchman ramps up the drama but also provides a poignant postscript in the wake of Senna's death. Prost not only acted as one of Senna's pallbearers but also works to this day as a patron of a charity established in Senna's name. Prost, like his rival, is shown at times to be calculating and ruthless, both on and off the track. But his magnanimous gesture, a mark of respect to Senna's family, is a warming moment in one of the sport's chilliest rivalries. One wonders if Senna would have extended the same courtesy had the positions been reversed. Perhaps his strong faith may, too, have led him to forgiveness. Balestre's role is a small but important one as the authority figure that no amount of Senna's talent nor pig-headed stubbornness could overcome. Senna believed the French administrator favoured countryman Prost - a stance guaranteed to rile the feisty Brazilian. Late in the film, a talented young driver named Michael Schumacher plays a cameo role as the target of Senna's finely honed animosity by winning races in a Benetton car that many - including Senna - suspected was bending the regulations, on his way to the first of his seven world titles. Perhaps it was that perception of cheating that so enraged Senna that he felt compelled to drive that day at Imola, when he was clearly conflicted about doing so. One answer the film is not prepared to give - nor even delve into - is the issue of why Senna crashed. It has been established that a steering column failure occurred, although various engineers have questioned whether this caused the accident, or happened during it. The debate still rages 17 years later and was probably considered too fraught to be even cursorily touched upon. Even lacking that punctuation mark, Senna remains real, raw and relevant, laying bare the soul of a talented but flawed genius and leaving you to be the judge of his place in the pantheon of the sport's greats. Senna screens during the Melbourne International Film Festival (July 21-August 7), opening nationally on August 11.
記事原文 Labor's popularity drops to a record low Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Federal Labor's popularity has dropped to a record low of 27 per cent, according to the latest Newspoll. Federal Labor's popularity has dropped to a record low, as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott continues to extend his lead over Julia Gillard as preferred prime minister. The latest Newspoll, conducted from Friday to Sunday, shows that in the two weeks leading up to the announcement of the carbon tax on Sunday, Labor's primary vote fell from 30 per cent at the end of June to a record low of 27 per cent over July 8 to 10. Conversely, the coalition's support rose three percentage points to 49 per cent during the period - its highest primary vote since the Howard government in October 2001. The Newspoll results, published in The Australian on Tuesday, was done before the final details of the carbon tax were released. It found voter satisfaction with Ms Gillard's performance as prime minister improved slightly from a previous record low of 28 per cent at the end of June to 30 per cent over the weekend, while her dissatisfaction rating fell from a record high of 62 per cent to 59 per cent. However, for the first time Tony Abbott has a clear lead over Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister, with his polling up three points to 43 per cent and hers down a point to 38. Mr Abbott is now polling better than any opposition leader since John Howard lost the election to Kevin Rudd in 2007. Voter satisfaction with the Liberal leader rose three points to 42 per cent, while his dissatisfaction rating went down three points to 49 per cent. The opposition also recorded its highest two-party-preferred vote of 58 per cent and the ALP its lowest of 42 per cent, based on preference flows from the election in August last year. The coalition's two-party-preferred vote is the second biggest in Newspoll history. The previous record - 63 per cent to 37 per cent - was set by Kevin Rudd's Labor government in early 2008 when Brendan Nelson was opposition leader, the newspaper reported. About 98 per cent of respondents would not have seen the government's detailed package on carbon pricing and compensation for industry and households, which began to be released at lunchtime on Sunday, the newspaper reported. However the government did leak details of its carbon package during the survey period.
追記 この件は今までも時々ニュースになっている。 豪連邦司法長官ロバート マックルランドは5月18日のABC記事でその可能性を強く否定し、 「豪多文化主義は民族的統合を提唱するもので、民族間の分裂を促進するものではない。豪法に反するものは豪法によって裁かれるであろう」 と述べた。 以下原文 ABC 18/5/2011 But Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has ruled out any chance of sharia law being introduced to Australia. In a statement released to the ABC, Mr McClelland said: "There is no place for sharia law in Australian society and the Government strongly rejects any proposal for its introduction. "Australia's brand of multiculturalism promotes integration. If there is any inconsistency between cultural values and the rules of law then Australian law wins out."
記事原文 Imams call for sharia law in Australia Yahoo!7July 11, 2011, Islamic leaders say sharia law should be allowed to cover banking practices and family law in Australia. The call is revealed in a survey conducted by the Herald Sun newspaper. Imam Yusuf Parker, from WA's Alhidayah Centre, said Australia should consider recognising sharia law as it applied to finance and family law matters. Imam Parker told the Herald Sun that Islam forbade the charging or paying of interest "so finding interest-free loans will again help Muslims to practise their Islam better". Another WA imam, Sheik Burhaan Mehtar, said: "Islamic banking and the non-slavery of humans is a classic example. Interest is slavery," he said. Islamic Council of Victoria board member Nazeem Hussain said legal and tax barriers prevented local banks from offering Islamic finance products. "That's a massive market ... we'd encourage the Government to seek ways to tap into that market," he said. Sheik Burhaan Mehtar said the symbolic victory of Osama bin Laden's death would remain hollow while people in nations such as Afghanistan suffered a "terror of death delivered from the skies" by the US and its allies. Gold Coast imam Imraan Husain reflected a general view that bin Laden's burial at sea was a violation of Islamic funeral rites.
記事原文 Whaling, tsunami separate issues - Burke Monday, July 11, 2011 Environment Minister Tony Burke has indicated he won't let Japan's recent tsunami misfortune affect Australia's tough stance on the country's whaling practices. Australia's opposition to commercial whaling and its humanitarian response to Japan's tsunami disaster are two totally separate issues, he says. Mr Burke is attending a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in the Channel Islands where Japan is expected to push for continued whaling in the North Pacific Ocean. Some commission countries are reportedly sympathetic toward Japan's request because of the tsunami which devastated parts of Japan in March. 'I think the situation that Japan finds itself in brings about a strong argument for people to have a humanitarian response,' Mr Burke told ABC Radio on Monday. 'That's about looking after the Japanese people and has nothing at all to do with commercial whaling.' It was a 'very long bow' for anyone to try to link the two issues, he said. Australia will continue with its legal action against Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean, but Canberra won't be seeking an injunction before the case is heard. 'We want to do everything we can that will advance the case or win the case,' Mr Burke said. Mr Burke said the IWC meeting presented a chance for Australia to push for evidence to support scientific research which did not involve the killing of whales.
Comments The 18 is adult. It has been and it will be. Do not make any more stupid laws! Enough is enough! You idiot!!! You are taking fun away from the young people as well as stopping them developing commonsense that they need to live through rest of their life. You are just creating misery and frustration for the society that only will increase the number of people committing either suicide or violent crime such as street rampage or rape. Do you get it?
Oh, also I have got strong message to biased Aussie Medias.
"Do not deliberately use emotional photos! There are 99% of young people drinking happily without having any trouble what so ever.
Well, Hope someone will read it.
Original articles 18-year-olds 'too immature to drink' From: The Sunday Times July 10, 2011 10:08AM THE most powerful clinical body within the WA Health Department has called for an increase in the legal drinking age to 20 or 21. The Clinical Senate of WA has presented a position statement to Health Minister Kim Hames urging the move as one way to combat rampant alcohol abuse and its impact on the health system and young lives. New figures show alcohol-related hospital admissions cost WA taxpayers $95 million a year. The senate's call puts the influential group at direct odds with Dr Hames, who told The Sunday Times that he did not support lifting the age. The senate comprises 75 elite health professionals, including Public Health executive director Tarun Weeramanthri, chief medical officer Simon Towler, Princess Margaret Hospital boss Robyn Lawrence and King Edward Memorial Hospital boss Amanda Frazer. It has called also for an end to the practice of handing out alcoholic gifts at medical conferences and dinners. The senate's chair Kim Gibson said evidence from the World Health Organisation and other eminent bodies had shown that raising the drinking age helped to reduce alcohol-related injuries. "The driving age and the drinking age are very close in WA," she said. "If you're able to separate them, you can have some impact on the road trauma figures." She said also that 18-year-olds were too immature to drink. "One issue is the maturity of the brain and behaviours around risk," she said. "The younger population is into risk-taking and so if you wait for more maturity you're not matching the risk-taking with the alcohol consumption."
記事原文 Decade of house pain predicted for Melbourne From: Sunday Herald Sun July 10, 2011 12:00AM MELBOURNE'S property market is likely to remain in the doldrums for the next 10 years. The bleak outlook comes from a group of the country's leading economists who warn the city's bricks and mortar are fundamentally overvalued. The good news for homeowners is that AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver and Grattan Institute program director Saul Eslake - the ANZ's chief number cruncher for close to 14 years - say Victoria will avoid a US-style property crash which saw prices plunge by 30 per cent. Instead, house prices will continue their single-digit slide into 2012 before stagnating for five to 10 years as wages catch up with a median house price which has climbed 133 per cent since 2000. "We are facing a situation where we are just spinning the wheels for up to 10 years until incomes catch up with property prices," Mr Oliver said. "You could have a five to 10-year period where you have prices rise before they come off again and basically track sideways within a range." Melbourne has some of the world's least affordable real estate. The city's median house price used to be 3.5 times the average annual income. Today it's nine. This compares with 6.1 in New York and 7.2 in London. "For anything to happen there needs to be a spark and that can only happen from a big fall in interest rates, a big drop in house prices or a big surge in incomes and I can't see any of that happening in the short term," Mr Eslake said. "The outlook is price stagnation. At the moment the best outcome that could happen for homeowners is that house prices tread water until incomes catch up and affordability is returned and that is going to take a long time." The Housing Industry Association's chief economist Harley Dale said price growth was likely to track inflation over the next 10 years. "That means you are not talking about any real growth," he said. Melbourne's median property price - both houses and apartments - peaked in November last year at $485,000 and has fallen 3.5 per cent to $468,000, the biggest downturn since December 1990. Regional property prices peaked in December 2010 and are down 1.5 per cent, according to figures from property research firm RP Data-Rismark. Poor affordability, the threat of higher interest rates and concern over rising costs of living are seeing Victorians bunker down. Sales volumes are at their lowest level since 2004 and first-home buyers have all but evaporated, with the number of loans granted to would-be homeowners 30 per cent below the five-year average. In April, the last month figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are available, the number of loans granted to first-home buyers in Victoria hit its lowest level in seven years. Adam Miller, 23, moved back into his parents' home in Caulfield North in 2009 in order to save for his first home. Mr Miller was planning to buy towards the end of the year but with living costs rising and higher interest rates on the horizon he will continue to give himself a financial buffer. "I've got an appropriate amount for a deposit but that's not the only cost involved in buying a home and with living costs rising I am going to keep saving," he said. "Living at home has definitely helped me save but I am not going to be able to buy where I want to live because those places are just too expensive these days." Melbourne's auction clearance rate has averaged 59 per cent for the year. This time last year 108 suburbs were posting clearance rates in the 80s and two suburbs were in the 60s. Today only four suburbs have a clearance rate above 80 and 67 are tracking less than 60. The city is groaning under a glut of property listings and recorded the largest year-on-year increase in listings of any Australian capital, rising47 per cent in the year to June, according to new figures from SQM Research. Meanwhile, the time it takes to sell a home has increased to 55 days from 41 last year. "Australians are feeling cautious," Mr Oliver said. "The global financial crisis has reminded everyone that you can lose your job and that house prices can go down. They've seen this happen in the US and UK. It's keeping buyers sidelined. The market is well and truly in the doldrums."
記事原文 Perth model crowned Miss Universe Aust Friday, July 08, 2011 » 08:56am
A 20-year-old Perth model, Scherri-Lee Biggs has been crowned Miss Universe Australia 2011. The communications student beat 30 other women to pick up the title at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne. Biggs won $25,000 in prizes and will compete in the Miss Universe World finals in Brazil on September 12. Victoria's Samantha Downie was the second runner-up.