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Standing Wager
Merchant of gloom makes a bet

29 Nov 2008 2:30 AM

An academic who expects zero interest rates within two years and a 40 per cent drop in house prices has promised to walk from Canberra to the top of Australia's highest mountain if he's wrong.

University of Western Sydney associate professor of economics and finance STEVE KEEN made the bet with Macquarie Group interest rate strategist RORY ROBERTSON.


High Scores
Police dissappointed by young drivers

14 Dec 2008 4:28 PM

Police have arrested a man for driving at 237 kilometres-an-hour on Sydney's Hume Highway.

And .. they say they are extremely disappointed with instances of irresponsible driving by young and inexperienced motorists overnight.


High Scores Possible New Blow
Man blows six times legal limit

31 Dec 2008 2:16 PM

BRISBANE, Dec 31 AAP - Queensland police have caught a man with an alleged blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit.

A 28-year-old man from Peak Crossing was stopped overnight for a random breath test in the nearby town of Boonah, south-west of Brisbane, and allegedly blew .303 per cent.


High Scores
P-plate driver returned blood alcohol reading of 0.265

06 Dec 2008 8:18 AM

SYDNEY, Dec 6 AAP - A P-plate driver has returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.265 after allegedly flagging down a police car in northern NSW.

Police said a 26-year-old woman had her licence confiscated after she returned a high-range PCA reading near Tamworth about 8pm (AEDT) on Friday.


Porsche vs Bikes
Porsche and motorcycles in 224km/h road race

20 Dec 2008 4:24 PM

SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The drivers of a Porsche and two motorcycles have had their vehicles confiscated after reaching speeds of more than 220km/h in an alleged road race.

Police say the three men were racing along a 100km/h zone of the Pacific Highway on the far north NSW coast on Saturday about 10.40am (AEST).


Turbo Rice vs RX7
Two drivers to stand trial over passenger death

15 Dec 2008 5:38 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 AAP - Two young men accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy will stand trial.

Mitchell Cairnduff, of Wheelers Hill, died when a turbo-charged Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Jarrod Rooke hit a taxi at 120km/h, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.


High Scores Oldest Hoon
I'm a skilled driver, says 78yo hoon

By Michelle Draper 06 Jan 2009 5:31 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 6 AAP - A 78-year-old hoon caught speeding at 170km/h on a narrow country road on New Year's Day told police he was a skilled race driver.

Victorian Premier John Brumby, however, was not impressed with John Belfield's claims, labelling Australia's oldest hoon driver an "idiot", while police said he was toying with death.i


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Feature Story Govt says all options on the table for further stimulus

CANBERRA, Jan 13 AAP - The impact of the slowing world economy will be felt in Australia's jobs market, with the latest figures due out on Thursday, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Mr Swan refused to rule in or out the need for a further economic stimulus package or to bring forward $4.5 billion in tax cuts due in July 2010.

Feature Story Aust labour market outshines US but maybe not for long

SYDNEY, Jan 12 AAP - If Australians want to gloat over how much healthier their labour market is compared with that of the US, they should get their gloating in before it's too late.

The contrast between the labour markets of the US and Australia is stark but may become less so in coming months.

Feature Story UN suspends aid deliveries to Gaza, citing attacks

GAZA CITY, Jan 8 Agencies - The United Nations halted aid deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday, citing Israeli attacks on its staff and installations hours after it said gunfire from an Israeli tank killed one of its drivers as he was picking up a shipment.

The United Nations has already demanded an investigation into Israel's shelling of a UN school in Gaza that killed 43 people earlier this week. Israel and residents said militants were operating in the area at the time.

Feature Story Wanking drug runner sentenced to prison

DARWIN, Jan 7 AAP - A drug-runner who filmed himself masturbating while driving at 150 km/h has been sentenced to two months jail.

Brendon Alan Erhardt, 39, was pulled over by police on July 16 last year, 25km south of Daly Waters.

Feature Story Fierce Israel-Hamas firefights in Gaza capital

GAZA CITY, Jan 6 AFP - Israeli troops and Hamas militants fought their first major battles in Gaza City on Monday after tanks and helicopters launched a night-time offensive, with three Israelis killed by "friendly" fire.

Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rocked the Shejaiya district of the city in the heaviest fighting yet of Israel's campaign to halt militant rocket attacks.

Feature Story Israeli army moves on Gaza City as war toll passes 510

GAZA CITY, Jan 5 AFP - Tens of thousands of Israeli troops have been battling Hamas fighters in Gaza amid tank, artillery and air strikes, as the death toll from the offensive to end rocket attacks passed 510.

Israeli forces moved into the fringes of Gaza City early on Monday as families fled or hid on the second night of combat.

Feature Story Israeli tanks, troops enter Gaza in ground offensive

GAZA CITY, Jan 4 AFP - Israeli tanks and troops entered Gaza late on Saturday and fought fierce battles with Hamas, heightening an eight-day-old offensive that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and caused widespread destruction.

A burning fuel depot hit by a tank lit up the night sky soon after troops crossed the border while the air force swooped on dozens of targets in the biggest Israeli military operation since its 2006 war in Lebanon.

Feature Story Hamas orders 'day of wrath' over Israeli blitz

GAZA CITY, Jan 2 AFP - Israeli warplanes pounded militant targets including a mosque in Gaza on Friday as Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of a senior commander.

Thousands of Israeli security personnel were on alert after Hamas called for "massive marches" following the main weekly Muslim prayers, starting off from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and from all mosques in the West Bank.

Feature Story Israeli jets bomb Gaza, Hamas fires back with deadly rockets

GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli jets have bombed Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day, killing several children, while the Islamists fired deadly rockets to retaliate for the blitz that has left more than 300 dead.

As Israeli tanks massed on the Gaza border, the army declared the area a closed military zone - a move that in the past has often been followed by ground operations in the Palestinian enclave.

Feature Story Israel warns of ground offensive as jets pound Hamas in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 28 AFP - Israel has warned it could send ground troops into Gaza as its warplanes continued to pound Hamas targets in the overcrowded enclave where nearly 230 Palestinians have been killed.

"We are ready for anything. If it's necessary to deploy ground forces to defend our citizens, we will do so," a spokesman for Defence Minister Ehud Barak quoted him as saying.

Feature Story More than 200 dead as Israel hammers Hamas-run Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israel hammered Hamas targets in Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 205 people in retaliation for ongoing rocket fire in one of the bloodiest days of the decades-long Middle East conflict.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said "Operation Cast Lead", which has also left about 300 wounded, would continue "as long as necessary".

Feature Story Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza kill 120: Palestinians

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israeli aircraft launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas compounds inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 120 Palestinians, medics said.

Most of the dead are believed to have been inside police headquarters, Hamas said.

Feature Story Israel threatens major offensive against Gaza

JERUSALEM, Dec 21 AFP - Israel threatened on Sunday to launch a major offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as violence simmered around the impoverished territory days after the end of a truce with the Islamists.

Senior officials said after the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel is preparing a "response" to continuing rocket strikes from the besieged Palestinian coastal strip.

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Todays Main Feature Story
Howard beams as Bush anoints "man of steel"

By Kate Hannon, National Political Editor 14 Jan 2009 3:50 PM

CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - Former prime minister John Howard beamed as outgoing US president George Bush hung the US Medal of Freedom around his neck at a White House ceremony on Wednesday (AEDT).

Mr Bush invoked his famous moniker for Mr Howard - "the Man of Steel" - as he described their friendship and his admiration for the Australian leader's courage in supporting the war on terrorism.

He told the Washington DC audience of Mr Howard's lament more than 20 years ago on his chances of reviving his political career after losing the Liberal leadership as "Lazarus with a triple bypass".

"The man has got an unusual way of speaking," Mr Bush joked.

Mr Howard and fellow member of the coalition of the willing, former British prime minister Tony Blair, and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, each received the medal, the highest civilian honour in the US.

Continued .....

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Aust dollar ends two US cents weaker
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - The Australian dollar closed two US cents weaker at the lowest finish in five weeks, as a sharp fall in full-time jobs stirred worries about a recession.

Aust stocks beaten up as investors fret over economy =3D3

Aust stocks beaten up as investors fret over economy

NSW: Woman drowns trying to save son
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - A woman who drowned in a western NSW river died trying to save her teenage son who was struggling in the water.

Aust unemployment rate 4.5 pct in Dec - ABS =3D3
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - Australia's unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 4.5 per cent in December, compared with an unchanged 4.4 per cent in November, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

NSW: Bushfires burn at Mt Kuring-Gai and NSW military sites
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - A bushfire in northern Sydney is threatening more than a dozen factories and has been declared an emergency, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) says.

US: 'Prisoner' actor Patrick McGoohan dies in LA
LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 AP - Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show The Prisoner, has died. He was 80.

US: Actor Ricardo Montalban dies at 88
LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 AP - Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr Roarke in TV's Fantasy Island, has died at 88.

NSW: Woman dragged of bus, assaulted and robbed: Police
Four people have been charged after a woman was dragged off a bus by her hair .. assaulted and robbed of her handbag and clothes.

NSW: Murdered prostitute stabbed four times after sex: court
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - A man charged with the murder of a Sydney prostitute allegedly stabbed the 29-year-old four times in the neck after the couple had sex, before dumping her naked body in the grounds of a church.

NSW: ATM blown up on Central Coast
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - An automatic teller machine has been blown up by robbers on the NSW Central Coast.

NSW: Teen remains behind bars over fatal train stabbing
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - A 16-year-old boy charged with the stabbing murder of a teenager on a Sydney train just before Christmas will remain behind bars for another four weeks.

Aust stocks lower at noon, with biggest falls so far this year=3D3

Aust dollar lower at noon, bonds stronger
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - The Australian dollar was lower at noon despite a slight boost from a better-than-expected December jobs report.

FED: Anti-loggers have a right to peaceful protest: Garrett
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - Environmentalist have the right to protest the logging of old growth forests in Tasmania's Upper Florentine Valley, as long as it remains peaceful, federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says.

Fed: Telcos make up over half of Do Not Call complaints
CANBERRA, Jan 15 AAP - Telecommunications companies are to blame for more than half the complaints about unwanted and unsolicited phone calls.

Fed: Unemployed should get paid work experience: ACOSS
CANBERRA, Jan 15 AAP - People on the dole should have access to work experience paid at a training level wage, the nation's peak welfare group says.

NSW: Total fire ban in Sydney and other major cities
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - A total fire ban has been put in place across Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle as temperatures soar throughout NSW.

Fed: 180-year-old shipwreck gets federal protection
The federal government's declared a protected zone around the wreck of the 180-year-old British schooner .. Mermaid .. off the coast of Queensland.

MID: Fresh air raids across Gaza as toll passes 1,000
GAZA CITY, Jan 15 AFP/AP - Israel has carried out fresh air raids across Gaza and ground troops waged more street battles as its war entered a 20th day and the death toll passed 1,000 despite hopes of a truce.

QLD: Dildo-wielding man remains behind bars
BRISBANE, Jan 15 AAP - A man who allegedly broke into a house wearing a black leather mask and used a sex toy to beat a woman, before killing her dog, has been ordered to remain behind bars.

NSW: Two charged over cannabis worth $500,000 in hydro house
SYDNEY, Jan 15 AAP - Two people have been charged after cannabis plants worth almost $500,000 were found in a house in Sydney's west.

FTSE 100 down 218.51 points at 4,180.64
Share prices closed sharply lower Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange.

US: US kids with Nazi-inspired names removed from home
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, New Jersey, Jan 14 AP - Three siblings whose names have Nazi connotations - and whose family made headlines after a bakery refused to put one of the children's names on a cake - have been placed in the custody of the state.

MID: Hamas agrees to Gaza truce, Israel reply awaited: official
CAIRO, Jan 14 AFP - Hamas has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end the war in the Gaza Strip and Cairo is awaiting Israel's response, a senior Egyptian diplomat told AFP on Wednesday.

US: 'Prisoner' actor Patrick McGoohan dies in US
LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 AP - Patrick McGoohan, an Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show The Prisoner, has died. He was 80.

MID: Red Cross says Gaza humanitarian situation 'shocking'
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross says the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is shocking .. following a visit to a hospital in the embattled territory.

European stocks slump, Wall Street slides on poor data
European stock markets have fallen hard .. shedding more than six per cent in London after fresh losses on Wall Street .. as investors fret over poor US economic data and resurgent credit-crunch woes.

EUR: Treating patients in Gaza was like working in hell: medics
OSLO, Jan 14 AFP - Treating patients in Gaza was like working in hell, said two Norwegian medics who were the only Western doctors in the war-torn Palestinian territory for the first 10 days of Israel's offensive.

EUR: German ad slogan evoking Nazi camp pulled: report
BERLIN, Jan 14 AFP - A German advertising campaign was abruptly cancelled over complaints that the slogan used also stood at the entrance to the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

MID: Israel stops Iranian aid ship heading to Gaza
TEHRAN, Jan 14 AP - The Israeli Navy has intercepted an Iranian ship loaded with medicine, food and clothing destined for Gaza and forced the vessel to head toward an Egyptian port, Iran's state television reported on Wednesday.

PAC: NZ man offers to pay costs of dead men's car hire
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 AAP/NZPA - The parents of two Melbourne brothers killed in an ice collapse on a New Zealand glacier have brought the body of one of their sons home.

ASIA: Elephants behaving badly banned from India parade
NEW DELHI, Jan 14 AFP - Bejewelled elephants that have delighted crowds at every Indian Republic Day since 1950 have been banned from this year's parade due to their "berserk" behaviour, officials said on Wednesday.

Hong Kong shares close up 0.3 per cent
Hong Kong share prices closed 0.3 per cent higher today .. following mild bargain hunting after days of losses.

Australian Metal Prices - Jan 14
Note: all prices are exclusive of 10% GST

Fed: Howard beams as Bush anoints "man of steel"
CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - Former prime minister John Howard beamed as outgoing US president George Bush hung the US Medal of Freedom around his neck at a White House ceremony on Wednesday (AEDT).

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