Here are some news stories from Australia that you may have not picked up on in the Philippines.
GREECE’s new left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras picked an outspoken bailout critic and Australian citizen as his finance minister yesterday, signalling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.
Economist Yanis Varoufakis, who has described the bailout as “fiscal waterboarding” — took up the position amid a rating agency warning of a worsening financial situation that sent the country’s stock market sharply lower.
Mr Tsipras yesterday announced a cabinet that includes officials from his Syriza party’s coalition ally, the anti-austerity right-wing nationalist Independent Greeks.
Moody’s described Syriza’s election win on Sunday as “credit negative”, arguing it would prolong risks to financing, economic growth and bank liquidity. The agency said it expected the government’s “policy uncertainty” to slash 2015 growth to 1 per cent from the 2.9 per cent predicted in the budget.
THREE members of a former Perth family have been found “hacked to death” in their South African home.
A fourth family member has been critically injured and a fifth has reportedly been taken away by the police.
Businessman Martin van Breda, 54, his wife Teresa, 55, and their son Rudi, 22, were found dead in their home in an exclusive golf-course estate home at Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, yesterday morning, local time.
The couple’s daughter Marli, 16, is in a critical but stable condition with serious head injuries and their 20-year-old son Henri is assisting police and being questioned, South African media are reporting.
Police spokesman Andre Traut said no arrests have been made at this stage.
NEVER underestimate the importance of a single letter. In this case, an ‘s’.
A 124-year-old family business went kaput within two months because of a typo on a government register. Really, you can’t make this stuff up.
Welsh engineers Taylor & Sons, which was established in 1875, got a shock in February 2009 when Companies House, the UK government’s registrar of companies, recorded the company as having gone bust.
But Taylor & Son had. Note the difference — one had an ‘s’ and the other didn’t.The Telegraph in the UK, reported that while the mistake was caught and corrected three days later, it had done irreparable damage to Taylor & Sons, the business that was still kicking at the time.
OUR televisions keep reminding us that Gogglebox is coming, but plenty of us are still scratching our heads as to what the heck a goggle box even is.
Given that we’re all rapidly approaching reality TV fatigue, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a show claiming to have “reinvented reality TV” wasn’t worth your time.
But it’s a show that has been a massive success in the UK since its debut in 2013, with millions tuning in each night, and it even won a BAFTA in 2014. Now Foxtel and Network Ten have combined to bring it to screens Down Under.
So what’s this Gogglebox business all about?
The Aussie version will feature 10 households rigged with cameras that will capture the reactions of family members, flatmates, kids and couples while they watch the box — everything from current affairs, docos, cooking programs, sport, the works
One of the companies building the national broadband network has collapsed, citing a lack of work from Australia’s largest infrastructure project, with an estimated 250 jobs at risk.
Melbourne-based civil and mining services company Techdrill entered voluntary administration on Tuesday. More than 50 full-time staff are expected to lose their jobs. Fairfax Media has been told that several hundred sub-contractors could also be impacted, mostly in NSW and Queensland.
A source close to the company – which has been digging trenches to install fibre optic cable for the $41 billion project in NSW and Queensland – said it had been “squeezed” after hiring staff and subcontractors for NBN work that never materialised.
NBN Co’s move from away from Labor’s plan to connect fibre optic cabling to 93 per cent of Australian homes and businesses has resulted in much less digging and drilling for pits and pipelines. It is understood the amount of work Techdrill originally signed up for with Downer has evaporated, as NBN Co’s new management seeks to hasten the NBN roll-out by using Telstra existing copper network.
Sydney is back in “boom” mode for 2015 after new data shows house prices jumped a surprising 14 per cent last year.
As this comes on the back of more than 15 per cent a year earlier, Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson said the figures confirmed the Sydney property market is in “hyperdrive while the rest of the country is in second gear”.
Dr Wilson said most of the growth was in the December quarter. “The Sydney boom is back … the median house price increased 4.1 per cent – that’s the strongest increase of any of the quarters of the year.”
A MELBOURNE motivational “get-rich-quick” speaker who once worked alongside Mike Tyson and Arnold Schwarzenegger has been identified as a man found dead in his Bali hotel room.
Staff at the Fave Hotel, in the heart of the trendy Seminyak district, discovered Warren Borsje lying face down on his bed after he failed to check out on time on Australia Day.
The 41-year-old, from Brighton, was on holidays on the tropical island and had checked into room 570 at the hotel just 10 days earlier.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
But initial investigations indicate he was not met with foul play.
DOZENS of restaurants, cafes and other eateries in Victoria have copped about $450,000 in fines for breaches of food safety rules.
Most of the culprits were Asian food venues, which were prosecuted for offences ranging from failure to protect food from contamination by pests to knowingly handling food in an unhealthy manner.
Offenders caught by council health inspectors are “named and shamed” on a state Health Department website for a year.
About 30 businesses are listed for convictions recorded over the past 18 months.
Former Southbank restaurant Olla Messa was fined $90,000 in April last year for poor storage of food and failing to keep out pests.
A court was told the City of Melbourne temporarily shut down the eatery after two patrons complained of an infestation of cockroaches.