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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 11 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 1 C O L O R : K Australian Curriculum Public information session Have your say Find out the details about your local information session at: www.acara.edu.au The draft curriculum K*10 for English, mathematics, science and history is available for public comment until 23 May 2010. Get involved to help make this the best possible curriculum for all Australian students. * K (Kindergarten) signifies the year before Year 1. RITZY: The upmarket house that Bond did not even live in, sold at large discount Tycoon loses $5m on relocation Bond hit by UK market It has been boughtand its in the process of being refurbished By DAVE MURRAY in London DISGRACED tycoon Alan Bond has sealed his return to Australia after selling his luxurious London pad for a discount five million pounds ($A8.3 million). The convicted fraudster put the four-bedroom detached house on the market last year, but could hardly have picked a worse time to relocate. Britains property market has been hit hard by recession, while the plunging pound is also a nightmare for any returning Australian. Bond lost nearly $A5m on the deal. Bonds initial asking price was 6.25 million pounds, or almost $A13m at the time. He was forced to drop the asking price to 5.85 million pounds late last year. The property finally sold on January 19 to a company registered in the Virgin Islands, title records show. It has been bought and its in the process of being refurbished a bit, a lawyer for the buyers said. Bond bought the Chelsea property, on Sloane St between Brompton Cross and Kings Road, for 9.5 million pounds three years ago. He spent a further 2 million pounds on refurbishment but never lived in the home, preferring to stay at a smaller flat near his central London office. The 71-year-old bankrupted entrepreneur and former Americas Cup hero, jailed for three years in 1997 for siphoning off more than $A1 billion in Australias biggest corporate fraud, is now living in Perth with his wife Diana Bliss. Teacher says Woods lied CHICAGO: Tiger Woods lied about falling victim to a violent race hate attack as a child, his teacher claims. Woods, who returns to professional golf at the Masters, has told interviewers over the years that bullies once tied him to a tree and used spray paint to scrawl the word nigger over his body. Retired kindergarten teacher Maureen Decker insists the disgraced golf star concocted the tale. I was shocked, saddened and disappointed by his false accusations of racial abuse, Ms Decker (pictured) said. The accusations were false, she said. It never happened. The claim casts further doubt over Woods integrity as he tries to rebuild his public image, shattered over his extra-marital affairs. Woods told US television reporter Barbra Walters about the ordeal in 1997. Pope losing favour with his flock WASHINGTON: Americans are losing faith in Pope Benedict XVI amid a flurry of sexual abuse cases linked to priests in Europe and the US, a CBS News poll shows. The survey found the Popes unfavourable rating jumped to 24 per cent, up from a mere four per cent in 2006. His favourable rating was 15 per cent, roughly the same level it has held for the past four years. A child abuse scandal has engulfed much of Europe and the US in past weeks, prompting harsh criticism of the Vaticans handling of the scourge. Pope Benedict XVI (pictured) faces allegations that, as archbishop of Munich and later as the Vaticans chief morals enforcer, he helped to protect predator priests. Among US Catholics, the Popes favourable rating fell to 27 per cent, down 13 points from 40 per cent in 2006, according to the CBS poll. And 36 per cent of Catholics said they were undecided. Fire in unsafe bar kills six MINNEAPOLIS: A fire has swept through a two-storey building in Minneapolis that housed several apartments and an Irish pub, killing six people including three children who friends and family feared were a bartender and several of his girlfriends relatives. Firefighters arrived shortly after 6am yesterday to find heavy flames and smoke pouring from the building, where the roof eventually collapsed, authorities said. The blaze began in one of the buildings six second-floor apart ments, but the cause hadnt been determined, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said. One woman died at a hospital and the bodies of two men and three children were later recovered from the building, city and fire officials said. Authorities found eight violations during a fire code inspection on March 15 on the commercial part of the building. Among them, the pubs fire alarm system hadnt been tested in more than a year and there werent enough fire extinguishers. Kiwis back activist WELLINGTON: Anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune is being made a scapegoat by Japanese authorities and the government should do more to ensure he is not victimised, the New Zealand Labour party says. Bethune was charged with trespassing on the Shonan Maru 2 in a Tokyo court yesterday, after he boarded the whaling fleet ship in Antarctic waters on February 15. He is also charged with injuring a crewman, obstructing commercial activities, vandalism and carrying a weapon. Octopus a bit leggier than normal TARPON SPRINGS, Florida: Whatever you want to call it, the nine-legged octopus probably had a leg up on all the other creatures in the Gulf of Mexico until it was caught and sold to Hellas Bakery and Restaurant in Florida. Head Chef Emmanuel Psomas says he was steaming the octopus when he discovered the nine legs.