記事原文 Capital city home prices fall 4 per cent From: AAP November 30, 2011 AUSTRALIA'S capital city home prices have declined four per cent in the year to October, led by a heavy slump in Brisbane, according to a private report. Meanwhile, home prices in the regions fell 3.4 per cent on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to data released by RP Data and Rismark today. Brisbane led the drop in values for the year to October, with an eight per cent slump, after a 1.6 per cent decline in the month of October. Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth home values have all declined five per cent or more in the year to October. Sydney was relatively steady, with a 1.1 per cent loss of value.
記事原文 'Bubble Man' Chandra Wisnu emerges in bid to save children from same fate From: news.com.au November 17, 2011 2:19PM A MAN ravaged by a shocking skin disease has revealed himself in public in a bid to save his children from the same fate. Chandra Wisnu, 57, suffers from a rare disease that has left him covered in tumours resembling pink bubble wrap. The father of four - known as "The Bubble Man" in his home village in Indonesia - rarely leaves his house. When he does, he wears three jackets, a balaclava and sunglasses so he doesn't frighten children. "People are afraid, they are frightened of my horrible face and worried they might catch the disease," he said. "So instead I avoid people, I rarely go out except to pick up my daughter from school. "And when I do I cover my head and my face because I don't want my daughter's friends to bully her for having 'the dad with the horrible face'." Mr Wisnu said the lumps first appeared when he was 19. By the time he was 24, they had spread to his back. At 32, his entire body was covered. Mr Wisnu said after several years of treatments and creams, his parents stopped taking him to dermatologists and he became resigned to learning how to live with the disease. He told of his wife to "leave and never return", but she has stuck by him for the past 33 years. "I refused," she said. "Seeing him carry on with his life in spite of his changing appearance was to me a sign of great strength, not weakness." Now Mr Wisnu has decided to unveil his face to world in a bid to find a cure for the disease. His eldest son Martin, 32 and daughter Lis, 26 have begun to develop the disease. He said he can't afford for his children to see a doctor and fears they too will end up looking like him. "They only have some small tumours now but they worry they will get worse," he said.. "If there is a chance to get such kind of free medication, I will take that chance, but right now my family is all the treatment I need.
米豪軍事連携強化に対する THE AGE世論調査では賛成56％、反対44％となっている。 また中国側の懸念に対し豪外相、前首相ケビン ラッドは 「豪は国家の安全保障政策に関して、いかなる国の干渉も受けいれない」 と中国側の懸念をきつい言葉で一蹴した。
記事原文 Gillard, Obama detail US troop deployment Updated November 16, 2011 Up to 2,500 US Marines will be stationed in Australia by 2017 under a new agreement announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US president Barack Obama. Ms Gillard confirmed the deployment during a joint press conference with Mr Obama only hours after he touched down in Canberra on his whirlwind visit. She says 200 to 250 Marines will be stationed in Darwin for training from next year, with numbers building up to 2,500 over the next five years. "It is a new agreement to expand the existing collaboration between the Australian Defence Force and the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force," she said. "What this means in very practical detail is from mid-2012 Australia will welcome a company-sized rotation of 200 to 250 Marines in the Northern Territory for around six months at a time. "Over a number of years we intend to build on this in a staged way." The US Air Force will also be given more access to Australian bombing ranges and training facilities in remote areas of the Northern Territory. The announcement by the two leaders comes as Australia and the US mark the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, the central security agreement between the two countries.
'Stepping up' Ms Gillard says the new troop deployment will make the alliance stronger. "Our alliance has been a bedrock of stability in our region, so building on the alliance through this new initiative is about stability," she said. "We are two Pacific nations and with my visit to the region I am making it clear that the United States is stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific," he said.
The move is widely seen as an attempt to balance against the rising influence of China in the region. The announcement was immediately questioned by the Chinese government, with foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin saying it may not be appropriate for the United States and Australia to contribute to a military build up in the region, adding "this is up for discussion". Mr Liu said China sought peaceful development at a time when the world economy is sluggish. When questioned about China's future in the Asia-Pacific, Mr Obama said he "welcomed a rising, peaceful China" but warned it must "play by the rules of the road". "What they've [China] been able to achieve in terms of lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty has been nothing short of remarkable," he said. "The main message that I've said not only publicly but also privately to China is that with their rise comes increased responsibility." The Federal Coalition has welcomed the move, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott saying it is in Australia's security interests.
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記事原文 Revealed: Australia's most expensive suburbs, according to RP Data research From: news.com.au November 16, 2011 3:01PM Sydney pips Perth in priciest postcodes People still willing to pay for location Point Piper has highest median prices SYDNEY'S Point Piper is Australia's most expensive suburb with a median property price of $8.25 million, more than double its nearest rival. While residential real estate values have fallen 3.4 per cent across capital cities this year, new figures from RP Data show cashed-up home buyers are prepared to pay hefty prices to secure real estate in premium locations. Our priciest postcode has just 11 streets, few amenities yet is home to many prominent Aussies including Malcolm Turnbull, John Symond, Julia Ross and Frank Lowy. Perth's riverside Peppermint Grove comes in second, losing the title of Australia's most expensive suburb it has held for the past three years running, with a median house price of $3.79 million. The locals are mostly mining magnate millionaires who live in 550 large homes. Sydney claims six of the top 10 most exclusive locations this year, Perth three and Melbourne one. The ritziest suburbs include Bellevue Hill with a median price of $3.45m, Double Bay ($2.96m), Vaucluse ($2.9m) in Sydney and Perth's Dalkeith ($2.7m). Toorak was Melbourne’s stand-out performer at $2.49m.
記事原文 Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it's time to change uranium policy over India deal From: AAP November 15, 2011 3:06PM Ms Gillard will ask next month's ALP national conference to overturn long-standing party policy that allows uranium to be sold only to nations that have signed up to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. India is not a signatory to the treaty. "As India rises and brings hundreds of millions of people out of poverty it will need more energy," Ms Gillard said in Canberra today. The Prime Minister cited economic benefits as one of three reasons for lifting the ban. Australia was the world's third largest supplier of uranium which contributed more than $750 million to the economy and created more than 4200 jobs. India was expected to increase its use of nuclear power from the current three per cent of electricity generation to 40 per cent by 2050. "India is our fourth biggest export markets, a market worth nearly $16 billion to Australia, with enormous potential to grow as India becomes wealthier," Ms Gillard said. India is looking to supply 40 per cent of its energy need through nuclear energy. "We are a very big supplier of uranium so having access to this new and growing market is good for Australian jobs." Ms Gillard said lifting the ban was another step forward in Australia's relationship with India. It came at a time when Australia faced a unique set of opportunities in what she called the "Asian century". "India as a rising giant will be part of that strong economic growth," Ms Gillard said. "Put simply, our best possible partnership with India is also good for Australian jobs." Ms Gillard said Australia had pursued international diplomatic efforts to bring India into the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. But the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, signed in 2005, changed that strategy. "It effectively lifted the de facto international ban on co-operation with India in this area," Ms Gillard said. Australia would be penalised economically if the Government continued its ban on uranium sales to India. India is forecast to lift its use of nuclear power from three per cent now to a forecast 40 per cent in 2050. "Given this change in diplomatic circumstances around the world, for us to refuse to budge is all pain with no gain," Ms Gillard said. The Prime Minister said Labor's national platform should recognise the reality of selling uranium to India. Ms Gillard said India was in a class of its own, unlike Israel and Pakistan. She ruled out use of nuclear energy in Australia, saying the nation had access to abundant cheaper energy resources.
Factbox on the Australian and world uranium industry: * Australia has 31 per cent of the world's cost effective recoverable uranium * It currently produces 11 per cent of the global uranium requirement * Is the number three producer, behind Canada and Kazakhstan * Exports are about 7000-10,000 tonnes per annum, or about $1 billion * Exports forecast to increase to 14,000 tonnes in 2014 * At full potential, Australia could lift to between 28,500 to 37,000 tonnes by 2030 * This could add up to $17.4 billion to gross domestic product between now and 2030
Mines: - Australia has three operating mines * BHP Billiton Olympic Dam in South Australia * ERA Ranger mine in the Northern Territory * Heathgate Resources Beverley mine in South Australia - Others are being developed in SA, WA and NT
The world and uranium: - 432 nuclear reactors in 31 countries - They provide 13.5 per cent of the world's electricity requirements - Operating reactors are forecast to rise to 782 by 2030 - About 60 countries are interested in developing nuclear energy capacity - Most of this growth seen in India and China
Top six uranium producers: Kazakhstan Canada Australia Namibia Niger Russia (Sources: World Nuclear Association, IAEA, Australian Uranium Association, AAP)
省略記事 Sydney escort agency selling 19-year-old virgin • The Daily Telegraph • November 09, 2011 12:00AM A SYDNEY escort agency is offering the virginity of a teenage girl for $15,000, prompting outraged community groups to describe the move as "putting women's liberation back centuries". An investigation by sex industry consulting firm Brothel Busters has found MyOutCall Australia is offering the Chinese 19-year old student for four days in exchange for the $15,000 sum. Brothel Busters has found the escort agency wants $2000 to be paid as a deposit, with the balance to be paid on receipt of services from the girl, who is claimed to be at Sydney University. "This is pretty common in Sydney," he claimed, adding he had "two clients who are very interested". MyOutCall has stated on its site that the girl - who it dubs "MOC Virgin" - "must (be) sold by 12/12".
記事原文 James Dean-Willcocks found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Magno Alvarado Save this story to read later From: The Daily Telegraph November 07, 2011 6:16PM A YOUNG man who told police he had no memory of his violent race-hatred drunken attack on an elderly Asian stranger in Sydney has been found not guilty of murder. Instead, the NSW Supreme Court jury today found builder James Dean-Willcocks, 25, of Illawong, guilty of the manslaughter of Magno Alvarado, 67, on October 10, 2009. The crown had not accepted Dean-Willcocks' guilty plea to the less serious charge of manslaughter. He had been out celebrating his 23rd birthday when he assaulted Mr Alvarado on Elouera Road, Cronulla, and was heard by residents living on the road to say: "Mate, he's Japanese, he deserves it''. When interviewed by police, Dean-Willcocks said he had no memory of the attack, or of shouting obscenities including "f**king Japanese c***, f**k off back to Japan''. Witnesses said the younger man punched Mr Alvarado several times in the head, picked him up off the ground, shook him and threw him back down. According to a statement tendered by police to Parramatta bail court, Mr Alvarado was heard to cry: "Help, help". One witness told police he yelled at Dean-Willcocks to stop and asked what he was doing. It is understood Mr Alvarado was Filipino. A pharmacologist calculated Dean-Willcocks' alcohol level would have been between 0.165 and 0.355 at the time of the attack.
記事原文 Centro shares surge after bank deal reports 7 Nov 2011 Shares in Centro Properties Group Ltd have surged over 16 per cent after reports the group had struck a deal with bankers on a refinancing package, Fairfax Media has reported that the re-emergence of Centro as a profitable and viable real estate investment trust has taken another step towards completion, with bankers agreeing to a refinancing package. The move could also see it become a takeover target, according to the report. At 1406 AEDT, Centro Properties' shares had jumped 16.66 per cent to 4.2 cents, against a benchmark index fall of 0.42 per cent. Investors in the beleaguered group are set to vote on the formation of a new $3 billion Centro Retail Australia on November 22, about four years after Centro Properties Group Ltd and its offshoot Centro Retail came close to collapsing. The new group will be debt-free, hold 43 shopping centres across Australia and have a market value of $4.4 billion, making the group a popular takeover target. Companies flagged as possible buyers include Lend Lease, Colonial First State Asset Management and also its listed offshoot, CFS Retail Property Trust.
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この国ではつめ込みは通用しない。 全て論理なのだ。 WHYと聞かれて即 BECAUSE で返せないと馬鹿にされるのだ。 新米教師の諸君、肝に銘じておきたまえ。