1. Melbourne, Australia 2. Vienna, Austria 3. Vancouver, Canada 4. Toronto, Canada 5. Calgary, Canada 6. Sydney, Australia 7. Helsinki, Finland 8-- Perth, Australia 8-- Adelaide, Australia 10. Auckland, New Zealand 21. Brisbane, Australia
記事原文 Melbourne named world's most liveable city ABC Updated August 30, 2011 18:13:18 Melbourne has finally knocked Vancouver off its perch as the best city in the world to live in. Melbourne claimed the title of the world's most liveable city in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest survey, with Sydney, Perth and Adelaide also making it into the top 10. It is the first time in almost a decade of the global liveability survey that Vancouver has not ranked as the best place to live. Melbourne had shared first position with Vancouver in 2002 but finally nabbed the top spot in its own right in the August survey, released on Tuesday. Economist Intelligence Unit survey editor Jon Copestake said Melbourne managed to move up one spot to claim the top ranking, thanks to a slight fall in Vancouver's infrastructure score, which is one of the measures of liveability. The Canadian city slipped to third spot, behind Vienna in Austria. Sydney made it to sixth position in the London-based research company's latest ranking of 140 cities, from seventh in the February survey, while Perth and Adelaide again shared eighth place. "Australia, with a low population density and relatively low crime rates, continues to supply some of the world's most liveable cities," Mr Copeland said in a statement. "Despite the rising cost of living driven by the strong Australian dollar, these cities offer a range of factors to make them highly attractive." Melbourne scored 97.5 per cent, just beating Vienna on 97.4 per cent and Vancouver on 97.3. A ranking of 100 per cent is considered ideal. Brisbane was number 21 on the survey, two spots ahead of Wellington but behind Auckland which was number 10. The debt crisis in euro-zone countries led to a slight fall in European cities' liveability rankings. Greek capital Athens dropped five places due to its austerity measures and civil unrest, with its 67th place putting it below cities in emerging economies such as Montevideo in Uruguay. Expats working in Athens could now qualify for a hardship allowance, the survey said. The survey said the Arab Spring uprisings and the Libyan civil war pushed down scores across the Middle East and North Africa, with the Libyan capital Tripoli falling into the bottom 10 for the first time. Bottom place went to Harare in Zimbabwe, which scored 38.2 per cent. The survey ranks 140 locations as having the best or the worst living conditions, with cities scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure.
以下一例 Shows the intelligence levels of people who do graffiti doesn't it? I refuse to call them graffiti "artists" because art is done legally. （落書きなんかする奴の知能レベルはそんなもん。アートとは法的になされた物を指す。 落書き“アーティスト”の呼び名は受け入れられない）
記事原文 Ultimate graffiti costs teen Ryan Smith his life in fall from Southern Expressway bridge By Steve Rice, Bryan Littlely and Doug Robertson From: AdelaideNow August 30, 2011 6:18AM RYAN Smith died trying to spray the ultimate tag, a graffiti signature that would earn him credit among his mates. Last night, those mates ignored police warnings, risking their own lives to pay tribute and tag the same spot that Ryan was trying to reach when he fell 15m to his death on rocks at South Australia's Christies Creek. Friends of the 17-year-old, whose body was discovered by a walker at 8am yesterday, said last night that art was "his everything". As darkness fell, those friends began to scale the Southern Expressway bridge, including precarious ledges they believe Ryan was trying to reach when he died some time on Sunday. They said the highest, hardest to reach and most dangerous tags earn graffiti artists the greatest honour among their peers. Graffiti artist Jorden said Ryan had been "a graffiti artist for life". He also was a talented artist, attracting plenty of compliments for the work he displayed on his Facebook page. While police yesterday were trying to determine if the teen was alone when he fell, his friends paid tribute to the boy who was living in a halfway house. "He was one of the best people around. He had the biggest heart," friend Phil, 19, said. Jorden, 18, said Ryan's visit to the Southern Expressway bridge was a one-off thing and that it wasn't a favoured site to graffiti. They believed Ryan was at the bridge on his own. "He was family to us," Jorden said. He fell at least 15m and on to rocks on a bike track between Brodie Rd and the Southern Expressway at Morphett Vale. Police spent yesterday trying to piece together the puzzle of Ryan's death after they were alerted to his body in the creek by a passing walker about 8am. Inspector Stephen Howard said they were unsure if other graffiti artists had been with him when he fell. Police appealed to anyone who was with him or who saw people on the bridge on Sunday to come forward. Barriers more than 2m high on the side of the concrete Southern Expressway bridge would make it extremely difficult to climb over, leaving police to suggest the teenager climbed up the creek bank on to the bridge then shuffled about 5m along a narrow edge running at its side. The boy's backpack was found nearby containing several spray cans of paint. There were at least a dozen tags on the bridge and other structures near the creek. Insp Howard said: "It's not just about the graffiti, it's about public safety and people climbing on a bridge over a creek where there's a 15m drop. "(The bridge is ) not a plaything, it's not part of some adventure playground. You climb it at your own peril and in this case the young man has slipped and died. "It's a foolish mistake ... these structures are not for climbing, it's as simple as that. Whether it's for graffiti or adventure, you're risking your life and you shouldn't do it." SES and police crews recovered Ryan's body shortly after 10am. Attorney-General John Rau, who earlier this month announced tough new measures to combat graffiti vandalism including suspending driver's licences and increased fines, said the measures were aimed at discouraging the activity. "Without commenting on today's tragic death, the new anti-graffiti measures can't stop individuals undertaking highly risky behaviour, but they do aim to discourage these activities as much as possible," Mr Rau said. "I hope to get wide support for these measures in the Parliament. "The death is obviously a great tragedy for the young man and his family. It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing police investigation." Mr Rau hopes the new measures are introduced to Parliament this year. The measures include the creation of new offences, further restricting the sale and supply of graffiti implements, and new penalties for offenders. In addition to licence suspension or extension of L or P plates, Mr Rau said courts would be given other new options when sentencing an offender for graffiti offences. The maximum penalties for graffiti vandalism will be doubled to $5000 or imprisonment for 12 months. A range of other penalties for graffiti-related offences will also be increased significantly. Independent MP Bob Such said the death was tragic and sad. "But to be blunt, I'm not surprised," he said. "I've been thinking it's only a matter of time that one of these young people gets killed on the railway tracks too," he said.
ところでABCラジオには河野太郎なる政治家が時々コメントを述べる。 今回の代表選に関しても「Japanese people are suffering」と締めくくっていた。 多少癖はあるが、流暢な英語で話し方は知的。 ABCでは将来の首相として紹介されていた。
記事原文 Japan gets sixth PM in five years ABC Updated August 29, 2011 19:42:32 Finance minister Yoshihiko Noda, a fiscal hawk, will become Japan's sixth prime minister in five years after winning a ruling party vote, an outcome likely to please investors worried about a bulging public debt. Mr Noda, 54, who defeated trade minister Banri Kaieda in a run-off vote, must cope with a resurgent yen that threatens exports, forge a new energy policy while ending the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, and find funds to rebuild from the March 11 tsunami at a time when huge public debt has already triggered a credit downgrade. Financial markets, political commentators and the Japanese public are sceptical whether the new leader will have the vision, determination and time to tackle those challenges. Bond markets are expected to welcome the choice of Mr Noda, who among the candidates has been the only one consistently calling for Japan to face painful reforms to rein in the country's ballooning debt. "Let's do the utmost to tackle what we have promised, and if there's not enough money, we might ask the people to share the burden," he said before the vote, in a reference to future tax hikes. Like his predecessor Naoto Kan, the new leader - to be formally voted in by parliament on Tuesday - faces a divided legislature and internal party rifts, raising concerns that he will join a gallery of short-lived prime ministers. No Japanese prime minister has lasted much more than a year since 2006. The voting results were announced by a party official after paper ballots were fed into a counting machine. Mr Noda has said Japan should not build new nuclear reactors, effectively phasing out nuclear power over 40 years, although he wants to restart off-line reactors after safety checks to avoid a power crunch. Japan relied on nuclear power for about 30 per cent of its electricity before the Fukushima crisis. Instead of a deep debate over how to end Japan's decades of stagnation and revitalise the world's third-biggest economy, the leadership race had turned into a battle between allies and critics of Ichiro Ozawa, a 69-year-old political mastermind who heads the party's biggest group even as he faces trial on charges of misreporting political donations. Defeated candidate Mr Kaieda was backed by Mr Ozawa, while Mr Noda was supported by his critics. One of the new leader's first challenges will be seeking opposition help in parliament, where the opposition controls the upper house and can block legislation. Mr Noda has floated the idea of a "grand coalition" with opposition rivals - although the two biggest opposition groups have been cool on the idea.
VICTORIA'S richest private schools have posted seven-figure profits while reaping millions in government grants.
The Sunday Herald Sun analysed 2010 financial statements for 10 of the state's most exclusive colleges, revealing a combined annual profit of $58.6 million. The same schools claimed $55.4 million in state and federal government grants over the period.
Australia's most expensive school, Geelong Grammar, recorded the biggest profit, finishing the year $10.7 million in the black after drawing $4.1 million from the public purse. Tuition fees nudging $30,000 a year combined with grants to provide annual revenue of $31.7 million.
The school was almost as profitable as its corporate neighbour, Ford Australia, which the previous year converted sales of $3.14 billion into a $13 million profit.
Melbourne Grammar was the second-most profitable school, reporting an operating surplus of $7.75 million.
Rounding out the top five were Presbyterian Ladies' College, Haileybury College and Scotch College, with profits of $7.6 million, $6.8 million and $4.9 million respectively. Haileybury received $18.2 million in government funding.
Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos accused the wealthy schools of profiting from an unfair federal government funding system. He called for a dramatic overhaul of private school funding.
"There is a massive resource gap between public and private schools, and what we're seeing here is examples where funding that can easily be used to address that is being used to prop up massive profits for these elite," Mr Gavrielatos said. "If governments can afford to continue to provide money for private school profits, surely they can afford to invest dramatically in our public schools."
Independent Schools Victoria chief executive Michelle Green said independent school students received $4160 less government funding on average than their public counterparts.
"The AEU deliberately ignores the fact that independent schools receive less total funding from the federal and state governments than government schools and the union only quotes federal government funding received by independent schools because it suits their campaign," Ms Green said.
She said that if 1000 private school students moved to the state system, it would cost taxpayers an additional $10 million a year.
記事原文 Over 100,000 could join unemployed ranks as Australian economy slows From: Herald Sun August 23, 2011 12:00AM MORE than 50,000 jobs are expected to be lost as the economy slows in the next nine months, with some experts tipping the loss of as many as 100,000. The strong rise in unemployment will increase pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates to offer relief to householders and stimulate the non-mining sector of the economy. The Australian Industry Group says the loss of more than 1000 full-time jobs and 400 contractor jobs at BlueScope Steel was "chilling news" for the million Australians, 300,000 of them Victorians, employed directly in manufacturing. AWU national secretary Paul Howes described the BlueScope closures as the worst crisis for Australian manufacturing since the Great Depression. The steel-maker revealed its decision to axe 800 jobs in NSW and 200 at its hot strip mill at Hastings after reporting a $1.05 billion loss. Steelmakers are battling a strong Australian dollar and higher labour costs compared to emerging markets such as China. AIG Victorian director Tim Piper said the high Australian dollar was having a disproportionate impact on the Victorian economy. "And unfortunately there will be more redundancies as stressed businesses look to cut costs by shedding staff," he said. "This restructure of the economy will result in small scale lay-offs and major redundancies." Westpac warned the decline of the manufacturing, retail and construction sector would lift the unemployment rate from its current 5.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent by the middle of next year, with 36,000 jobs lost. Merrill Lynch analysts were more bearish, tipping up to 100,000 job losses by March as the global economy falls into recession. But the most recent data from Treasury in Canberra tips unemployment to fall to 4.75 per cent next year, the Herald Sun reported. Westpac chief economist Bill Evans said the slowdown would result in interest rates being cut by 100 basis points to 3.75 per cent by September next year in a bid by the Reserve Bank to boost growth and generate jobs.
記事原文 Monster croc world's biggest in captivity By The Cairns Post From: NewsCore August 20, 2011 6:05PM IT'S official: Cairns has the biggest captive crocodile in the world. Cassius, the saltwater crocodile, has called Marineland Melanesia on Green Island, 27km off the coast of Cairns, his home for close to 24 years, The Cairns Post reported. Now, he has officially been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the largest crocodile in captivity and will appear in the 2012 edition of the organisation's book. Cassius, who is thought to be at least 100 years old, was captured south of Darwin in 1984, after he attacked one too many boats. He was relocated to captivity in the far north of Queensland in 1987. IT'S official: Australia has the biggest captive crocodile in the world with the record going to 5.5m Cassius from Cairns.
記事原文 Russian company Orbital Technologies reveals plans for space hotel, visit to cost nearly $1 million From: news.com.au August 17, 2011 8:13AM THIS is one hotel that's truly out of this world. A Russian company has revealed plans for a space hotel – and it will cost you. The hotel, designed by Orbital Technologies, will accommodate seven guests in four cabins. It will take two days on board a Soyuz rocket in order to reach it. Before you get too excited, it will cost $942,000 to visit the hotel. A five day stay is expected to be about $157,000, plus the cost of the trip there: $785,000. But for those who can afford it, this will be one unforgettable trip. The company promises amazing views of Earth and comfort not seen in most space accommodation. “Our planned module inside will not remind you of the International Space Station,” Sergei Kostenko, chief executive of Orbital Technologies said. “A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes.” Due to open by 2016, visitors can choose beds that are either vertical or horizontal, while showers will be sealed in order to stop water going where it shouldn’t and toilets will use air instead of water to flush away waste. The air will be filtered to remove any smells and bacteria before being pushed back into the cabin. Food will be prepared on Earth and reheated in microwaves. On the menu is braised veal cheeks with mushrooms, white bean puree and plum compote. Alcohol will not be allowed and tourists will be accompanied by experienced crew.
記事原文 Collar bomb arrest: Madeleine Pulver suspect named as Paul 'Doug' Peters From: news.com.au August 16, 2011 1:08PM FBI arrest 50-year-old man in Kentucky Man left Australia five days after attack THE 50-year-old Australian man arrested in the Madeleine Pulver collar bomb case has been named as Paul "Doug" Peters. Bomb hoax father speaks Bill Pulver, the father of teenage bomb hoax victim Maddie Pulver, thanks the public and media after an alleged arrest in the United States... Bill Pulver, the father of teenage bomb hoax victim Maddie Pulver, thanks the public and media after an alleged arrest in the United States... An FBI SWAT team arrested Mr Peters in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, this morning, in a joint operation with NSW Police. Mr Peters, a businessman who commutes between the US and Australia, allegedly has links to the Pulver family. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Peters lives in Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast but spends a lot of time in Sydney. Speaking to the press this morning, Assistant Police Commissioner Dave Hudson said that the arrested man was put under surveillance after he left Australia.
記事原文 US economist predicts housing prices to fall 60% but local analysts say market resilient Smart Company Monday, 15 August 2011 12:05 The poor performance of the local property sector has been dealt another blow by an economist who says that Australian property is as much as 60% overvalued and could see the same type of crash that occurred in Japan over 20 years ago. Those comments come alongside predictions from bankers and analysts that the Reserve Bank will hold off from raising interest rates when it meets again next month. Economist Harry Dent has told the Herald Sun that the Australian market is looking much the same way the Japanese market did before its crash in the 1980s, when values fell by as much as 60%. "That's what Australia could be looking at. I think prices will go back down to where they were in mid-2000, to where young families can start affording a house again - so that could prove a good thing," he said. Such comparisons have been made before, with some analysts saying the Australian market is gearing itself up for a fall. Local economist Steve Keen has famously predicted that property prices could fall as much as 40% over the next 10-15 years. (That prediction was made in 2007). However, many local economists have rejected such predictions, saying the markets cannot be compared. APM economist Andrew Wilson says the Australian market has remained one of the most resilient, and it would take a significant change for prices to plummet by that much. "International investors last week showed a very significant leap of faith in the Australian sharemarket, and by extension, the Australian economy. There is a sense that Australia provides a safe haven in terms of residential property." Wilson says the comparisons between Japan and Australia are flawed given the widely different nature of incomes, the property market itself and the connection to the Chinese economy which is unlikely to see its growth rate plummet in the near future. "What we've seen during the GFC is that China sort of switched from an externally driven type of economy to growth within the domestic economy which showed it can remain resistant to downturns in the domestic export market." "That's a very comforting outcome for Australia." Wilson also points to the weekend's auction results, which were "resilient" given the massive turmoil in sharemarkets worldwide and renewed discussion about whether the RBA would in fact raise rates next month. ANZ chief executive Philip Chronican and Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ralph Norris have now publically said they believe the RBA will keep rates on hold. Melbourne recorded a 57% clearance rates this week, according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. "Those looking to sell their home over spring will be hoping that speculation of an interest rate cut last week becomes a reality as it would boost buyer confidence just at the right time," chief executive Enzo Raimondo said in a statement. There were 431 reported auctions, with 244 sold. Sydney recorded a 60.5% rate, with 214 reported auctions, while Adelaide and Brisbane recorded 21.7% and 25% respectively.
記事原文 Japan considers canning whaling program ABC Updated August 12, 2011 15:38:47 Japan's powerful Fisheries Agency has publicly floated the idea of ending the country's controversial whaling program. A report by an official agency panel has raised the option stopping the whaling program, saying constant harassment by the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group has made whaling too dangerous for Japanese crews. Harassment by Sea Shepherd has limited the whaling fleet's effectiveness, and last season it was forced to return to Japan after harpooning only a fifth of its total quota of whales. The agency panel was convened to examine the impact of Sea Shepherd's actions and make recommendations for the upcoming Southern Ocean whaling season. Panel member Hisa Anan says she does not believe Sea Shepherd will ever stop its anti-whaling campaign. "The crew of the whaling fleet should not be exposed to danger, and the government should not force the fleet to go out," Ms Anan said. "So, I think Japan should end its research whaling." Only a minority of the fisheries panel agreed with Ms Anan's call to end the whaling program. Other options include keeping the whaling expeditions as they are, or scaling back operations in the Antarctic and taking a smaller catch. For advocates of the whaling program, any talk of putting the harpoons away is defeatism and a capitulation to what is denounced as Sea Shepherd's "eco-terrorism". Masayuki Komatsu, a former Japanese representative to the International Whaling Commission, argues the whalers are doing nothing wrong. "We believe this is perfectly legal and scientifically justified," he said. "We should not give up." Mr Komatsu's assertion that the whaling program is scientifically vital is dismissed by Ms Anan. "Research whaling has been conducted for more than 20 years now," Ms Anan said. "I think they've gathered enough scientific data. And even if they want more, they can conduct non-lethal research." But increasingly, more and more Japanese are calling an end to whaling because of the high cost of the program. According to Japan's Nikkei newspaper, it costs around $40 million a year to equip and supply the fleet and send it thousands of kilometres south. Few Japanese want to eat the meat the fleet harvests, and it mostly ends up in growing stockpiles in freezers around the country. With the whaling fleet due to embark on its annual hunt in November, Japan's Fisheries Agency has just three months to make a decision whether to continue with the program. [広告] VPS
記事原文 Indo workers 'paid to abuse cattle' Wednesday, August 10, 2011 A Liberal senator has told a parliamentary hearing meat workers in Indonesian abattoirs were paid to abuse live cattle for television footage. Chris Back, a veterinarian, said a taxi driver used by Animals Australia made the payments. One of the workers was later beaten-up by co-workers and his wife raped, the senator told a senate hearing in Canberra on Wednesday. 'There are now serious questions over the methods used to obtain footage by Animals Australia,' Senator Back said of visits to abattoirs in Sumatra and Java by the organisation's campaign director Lyn White. The footage was broadcast as part of a Four Corners report into animal cruelty at Indonesia abattoirs that led to the federal government imposing a temporary ban on live exports from Australia. Ms White denied any knowledge of the payments.
記事原文 Police investigate alleged sale of house without the knowledge of the owner - again From: AAP August 10, 2011 8:40PM Claim house sold while owner overseas WA's second case of its kind within a year Appears sale orchestrated from Nigeria A YEAR after a man's Perth home was sold without his knowledge or permission, West Australian Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said authorities are looking at claims it's happened again. In June last year Roger Mildenhall's $485,000 investment property was sold while he was in Cape Town after a real estate agent was conned by scammers posing as the owner. Mr Grylls told state parliament today that Landgate, the state authority responsible for the register of land ownership, "had put in a raft of new processes" after Mr Mildenhall lost his house. "Systems and procedures have been changed to try and understand how that happened and how to avoid that happening again," he said. However, police have confirmed they are investigating the alleged sale of a house some time between February and April this year, again without the knowledge of the owner and while they were overseas. Police said early indications suggested there were several similarities between this case and the Mildenhall matter because they appear to have been orchestrated from Nigeria. Opposition planning spokesman John Hyde hit out at the government who he said had failed to prevent these type of frauds from occurring. "The government promised to fix the loopholes that allowed alleged false authorisation documents signed with a child-like signature and witnessed with a stamp purporting to be from the High Commissioner of Lagos Nigerian justice system, to secure a sale," Mr Hyde said. "Yet it's failed to fix all the loopholes that allow these scams to operate." Mr Grylls told parliament the government was still negotiating compensation for Mr Mildenhall.
記事原文 Census Night Tuesday, August 09, 2011 » 03:05pm
Australian households are completing Census forms tonight. A rare snapshot of Australia will be taken tonight.. when millions of people complete this year's Census. The form contains more than 60 questions - and covers issues of religion, income and the make-up of families. Everyone from one-second-old newborns to scientists in Australia's Antarctic Division will be accounted for in the national questionnaire. Same-sex couples who've married overseas will have their unions counted for the first time, and people will again have the option to make their information available to future historians. Fines of 110-dollars a day will apply to people who don't submit the form, but they'll get several warnings before the September deadline. For the first time, people can complete the form online.
記事原文 Baby joy for Finance Minister Penny Wong and partner Sophie Allouache From: AAP August 09, 2011 10:52AM FEDERAL Finance Minister Penny Wong has announced she is expecting a child with her partner, sparking fresh debate about Labor's stance on gay marriage. Senator Wong released a statement today revealing her long-term partner Sophie Allouache is expected to give birth in December after falling pregnant through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). "Like any expecting parents, the prospect of welcoming this child into our lives fills us both with joy," she said. "We are extremely grateful to our IVF service and staff, and to our donor, for giving us the opportunity to raise a child together." Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomed the news. "I'm very pleased for Penny and her partner Sophie as they look forward to a new baby and the next phase of their lives," she told reporters in Canberra. But Ms Gillard was pressed on whether it bothered her that the child would have parents who could not marry under Australian law. "Clearly there are strong views about same-sex marriage in the community," said Ms Gillard, who believes marriage must be between a man and a woman. "There are strong views in the political party I lead, and we'll have a debate at national conference about those strongly held views. I've made my views clear." Treasurer Wayne Swan also congratulated Senator Wong. "As any parent knows, starting a family is one of the most exciting times in your life, so this is just great news for Penny and Sophie," he said in a brief statement. "On behalf of my own family and all my staff, I wish them both all the best on the long but enormously rewarding road of parenthood." Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop passed on the coalition's congratulations. "The birth of a child is a cause for great happiness for Penny Wong and her partner," she said.
"I wish them all the very best in the coming months." The couple know the biological father, and he will also be known to the child, Senator Wong said. But his name will not be released to the media, Senator Wong said. "We have chosen to make this statement about Sophie's pregnancy as we understand there may be public interest due to my position," she said. "I do not propose to make any further statements following today."
コメント NINJAとはヘラルドサンのビジネスコラムニスト テリー マックラン氏曰くNO INCOME NO JOB and ASETTS（無収入、無職、無資産）の事で、こういった連中に金を貸し、忍者のようにドロンされた米サブプライムローンを揶揄するものである。
記事原文 $33bn more wiped in 'race to the exit' Updated August 08, 2011 20:28:23 Steep falls on the main Chinese share markets have driven the ASX 200 below 4,000 for the first time in more than two years. The local share market fell more than 2 per cent in early trade as investors factored in the impact of Europe's debt turmoil and the US credit downgrade. Australia's All Ordinaries index lost 113 points to 4,057, while the benchmark ASX 200 index of major listed companies slumped 2.9 per cent to end at 3,986 - the first time it has tumbled below the 4,000-mark for more than two years. The market value of the companies on the All Ordinaries index fell a further $33 billion, after Australian shares lost roughly $100 billion in value last week.
記事原文 Toddler in hospital with meningococcal From:The Daily Telegraph August 05, 201110:01AM
A TWO-YEAR-OLD is in hospital with the deadly meningococcal virus - taking the number to 42 this year. Doctors again warned the public to check for signs of meningococcal, which increases in winter and spring. Last year, it claimed five lives, while another 69 were hospitalised. The Children's Hospital, at Westmead is treating a toddler who was admitted on Thursday. Most cases are in infants, young children, teenagers and young adults. The meningococcal C vaccine is recommended for babies at 12 months. In NSW, free vaccine is provided for unvaccinated people up to 25. Because the vaccine does not protect against the more common meningococcal group B disease, vaccinated people must still be alert for the symptoms. The first symptoms of meningococcal disease may include pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour. Other signs include sudden fever, rash or red-purple spots, weakness, drowsiness, confusion or coma, nausea and vomiting, dislike of bright lights and severe headache.