記事原文 Thousands of students failed the Australian visa test by: By Vanda Carson and Alison Rehn From: The Daily Telegraph October 25, 2011 12:00AM Visa crackdown: Rorting students are sent packing Flunking courses, being deported in record numbers FOREIGN students caught skipping class or flunking courses are being deported in record numbers, courtesy of a federal government crackdown on student visas. The Immigration Department has already cancelled 15,066 foreign student visas in the past year, a 37 per cent spike from the previous year, The Daily Telegraph reported. About 3624 students are facing deportation for flunking subjects or missing classes. A further 2235 visas were cancelled on students who quit their original courses and were either working illegally - in some cases in brothels. The crackdown, coming after the number of cancellations was steady for four years, has targeted lax students who had won visas to study at a vocational training level, such as cooking or hairdressing. Indian students have been hit the hardest, while the biggest foreign contingent - Chinese - fare much better because they are less likely to be studying for a trade. Trade students are not only under the spotlight but a change in policy preferencing university students has now made entry to Australian courses harder. University graduates will have the right to work here for two years after they graduate, leaving vocational training students to wait on a second tranche of changes, due next year, to find out where they stand. Of the 332,709 international students in Australia in June, more than half were studying at university, while a third were on vocational training visas studying diploma courses. One in every five international students is Chinese, while one in every six is Indian. Courses are also popular with South Korean, Brazilian and Malaysian students. The majority of international students study in NSW and Victoria. To receive a visa they must be enrolled in a course and show they can pay tuition and living costs and meet health and English language tests. Of the 15,066 cancellations by DIMIA in the past year, 3624 students lost their visas because they flunked some or all subjects or were no-shows to class. A further 2235 visas were cancelled for students who quit their courses and 212 were from students who finished their courses early. The Immigration Department offers eight kinds of student visas - including vocational training, university, English language courses or school education visas. Despite oversight by the department, some students end up as illegal immigrants after failing to return home. The department's annual report said that 8309 student visa holders became "unlawful" in the past year because their student visa expired and they did not apply for a new one, such as a bridging visa. In some cases, foreigners were not genuine students and use the work rights of a student visa as a back door to higher wages and working conditions in Australia. Some women have come to Australia on student visas to work in illegal brothels.
記事原文 Wesley Warren Jr needs $US1 million surgery to correct his 45kg scrotum NewsCore October 19, 2011 A LAS Vegas man with a medical condition that has caused his scrotum to swell to more than 45kg is trying to raise $US1 million for surgery to correct it. Wesley Warren Jr, went public about his condition - scrotal elephantiasis - because he is desperate to try and raise the cash for the costly operation. Mr Warren's scrotum is so large that he has trouble walking and using the bathroom. "It's not easy to get around," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "It makes me stay in most of the time." The 47-year-old, who developed the rare condition three years ago, said he has regular bouts of depression. "I want to have real friends and a relationship with a woman," he told the paper. "But I'm not suicidal. I'm too strong for that."Although he knew some people would laugh at his condition, Mr Warren decided to go on Howard Stern's radio and cable TV show to raise awareness of his plight."I don't like being a freak, who would?" he said. "But I figured that the Stern show is listened to by millions of people and they might want to help me. I hope some millionaire or billionaire will want to help me."His condition is rarely seen outside of the tropical areas of Africa and Asia and is usually caused by a mosquito-spread parasitic infection.But Mr Warren said he had never travelled to tropical areas and believes the condition is down to an accident in 2008, when he caught his testicles with his leg while twisting in bed. The next day Mr Warren said his scrotum had grown to "the size of a soccer ball" and continued growing.
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記事原文 How did this woman age 50 years in a few days? From: news.com.au October 14, 2011 SHE'S only 26 years old but she looks at least 76. Doctors have been left dumbfounded by this curious case of ageing - except this isn't a Hollywood film and she's not gradually looking younger. Vietnamese woman Nguyen Thi Phuong claims a skin affliction dramatically changed her appearance over the course of a few days in 2008 when she was 23, The Sun reports. She steadfastly believes a bad reaction to seafood led to the medical mystery and doctors think perhaps extensive use of traditional medicine is to blame. Her skin began to sag and fold, leaving her looking like a woman well beyond her years, after taking medicine to overcome a seafood allergy in 2008. Ms Nguyen's husband has stood by her side and says he he still loves her as much as the day they met. "I married Phuong when she was a beautiful woman. I have followed her through her disease and have never been shocked at all," he said. "It's not easy to talk about one's own marital affairs. Just simply understand that I still love her very much." What could she be suffering from? - Lipodystrophy Fat beneath the skin fades away while skin on the surface ages rapidly.
記事原文 Home owners' have lost $300 million by selling for less than what they paid From: Sunday Herald Sun October 09, 2011 HOMEOWNERS have lost more than $290 million over the past three years selling properties for less than what they paid for them. Alarming figures that point to a hidden crisis in the property market reveal 5427 vendors lost an average of $54,000 on investments gone wrong in the three years to July, reported the Herald Sun. The Melbourne CBD, Southbank and Docklands are the state's leading loss-making suburbs. One out of every 20 properties sold in those locations had lost their owner money, according to the data from a property research firm. But the losses are not limited to the flats-dominated inner-city market, with the figures also showing vendors losing millions in popular family areas. These suburbs include Point Cook, Roxburgh Park, Frankston, Reservoir, Carrum Downs, Glen Waverley, Hawthorn and Elwood. Residex, a property information firm that collates data on real estate markets throughout Australia, compiled its analysis after sifting through the results of 268,000 sales recorded with the Valuer General. It is the first time the firm has crunched the numbers on Victoria, meaning it could not make historical comparisons. The losses are even more startling given that the city's median house price rose by around 30 per cent over the same period. A breakdown of the top 10 loss-making suburbs is heavy with inner-city locations as well as some of Melbourne's most expensive postcodes. At the top of the list is the CBD, where 427 properties were sold for less than what the vendor paid. Southbank recorded 213 loss-making sales, Docklands 92, St Kilda 92, Carlton 91, Hawthorn 85, South Yarra 70, Brighton 61, Elwood 61 and Point Cook 57. The figures come as Melbourne limps into its traditional spring selling period, with little more than half of all properties selling at auction. The market has been battered by seven interest rate rises since April 2009, which have added about $85 a week to a $350,000 mortgage. Yesterday, almost 600 properties were auctioned, but only achieved a clearance rate of 54 per cent. Residex chief executive John Edwards said the number of vendors burned in property sales would eclipse 6000 if stamp duty and transaction costs were taken into account. Mr Edwards, who has monitored the nation's property market for 25 years, said the pain for Melbourne home owners was far from over. By the time the market bottoms at the end of next year, Residex expects the city's median house price to have shed 15 per cent. Families living in a $500,000 home can expect to see $75,000 wiped from its value. "The adjustment process in Melbourne is just beginning," Mr Edwards said. "I won't be surprised to see Melbourne suffer more than any other capital city in Australia. It has got the highest volume of surplus stock in the country and as the manufacturing industry further turns down the city will suffer from more unemployment than any other capital." JPP Buyer Advocates' Catherine Cashmore said many of those who had lost money in property purchases would have been short-term investors, both local and foreign, buying off-the-plan, inner-city apartments. "There is a surplus of high-rise developments and they tend to lose value before they gain value," she said. "Nine times out of 10, off-the-plan developments are overpriced. They are priced on speculative value. "When you go to sell you are also in a situation where no one wants to buy your lived-in apartment because there are always brand new ones coming on to the market in those postcodes." About 55 per cent of houses in Melbourne are now worth double what their owners paid, RP Data found. Interest-rate watchers are predicting a Melbourne Cup day interest-rate cut of 0.25 per cent by the Reserve Bank. AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said while homeowners will welcome the cut, it will take several more to inject any life into the state's property market. "We will need a few more cuts before housing picks up," Oliver said.
記事原文 Don't have penis enlargement: Cuban sexpert Save this story to read later From: AFP October 09, 2011 9:54AM A LEADING Cuban sexologist Saturday urged young men who are worried about the size of their penis not to take advantage of the communist nation's free health care to have surgery to enlarge their manhood. "It is not necessary that the penis be so long to encourage a woman... because she has many areas of erotic stimulation," said Ramiro Fragas, a sex expert at the Ministry of Public Health. He made his recommendation in a full-page interview in Juventud Rebelde, the newspaper of Cuban youth, after becoming alarmed at "significant" demand from young men for penis enlargement operations. Although such surgeries are free they require approval from a team of doctors and health experts. He also stated that the average Cuban man's penis, 11 to 15 centimeters (four to six inches), according to medical data, was in line with international averages. And Fragas cautioned that the benefits of such treatment is usually less than desired. "At most, one or two centimeters," he said, warning of negative after-effects relating to the aesthetics of the male member. After assessing "dozens" of surgery requests, Fragas said Cuban surgeons had conducted penis enlargement surgery on 20 male patients on account of birth defects or other medical problems. "Self esteem and knowledge" is the best way of combating the anxiety about having a small penis, Fragas concluded.
記事原文 Sea Shepherds say they are ready to die to stop Japanese whaling by: By Malcolm Holland From: The Daily Telegraph October 04, 2011 THE boat crews of radical anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd are prepared to die protecting the marine mammals in the Antarctic this summer, their leader said. December's campaign against Japanese whalers in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean will be called operation Divine Wind, Paul Watson said. That was the name Japan's desperate military gave to kamikaze suicide missions by pilots in the last months of World War II, The Daily Telegraph reported. Mr Watson used the group's Facebook page on the weekend to launch the campaign, claiming it would send 100 volunteers to Antarctica and was prepared to lose lives if necessary. "They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again," Mr Watson said. "Are the Japanese people ready to take human lives in defence of this horrifically cruel and illegal slaughter of endangered and protected species of whales? "If so, my answer to the Japanese government is 'hoka hey' - it's a good day to die." Last summer, Sea Shepherd claimed its boats - including the Bob Barker, which is docked in Sydney undergoing maintenance - forced Japan's whaling fleet to head home early, cutting the number of whales they harpooned in the name of "scientific research". The Japanese government has increased funding by more than $27 million to improve security and safety for its whaling crews. Mr Watson promised a "very dramatic and adventurous three months beginning in December". "I am confident that we will be able to stop them once again," he said.
Japanese environmental groups claim their government is increasingly frustrated at the cost of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research whaling missions. Mr Watson accused Japan of continuing its whale program solely to save face against opposition. "It now seems they are simply obsessed with killing whales not for need and not for profit but because they believe they have the right to do what they wish and kill whatever they wish in an established international whale sanctuary, just for the sake of defending their misplaced honour," he said. Japan sets its own quotas each year of about 1000 minke whales to be harpooned in the Antarctic.
記事原文 Fraud experts call for internet security to be taught in schools as children's identities are stolen via social networks From: The Sunday Mail (Qld) October 02, 2011 Children posting too much online Birth date, names used to steal identity Parents urged to teach online safety FRAUD experts are calling for internet security to be taught in schools amid fears children's identities are being stolen. Children are the new targets for organised crime gangs because they share too much about their personal lives on social networking sites.
A child who posts basic details about their lives on Facebook, such as their date of birth, school, name, email and photographs, are providing enough data for a criminal to apply for a credit card, loan or documents in the child's name when they turn 18. Parents are urged to teach children online safety the same as they would teach them to use a knife and fork or how to cross the road. Queensland fraud squad Superintendent Brian Hay said crooks were using computer programs to harvest huge quantities of information from young people, who gave too much away on social media sites, creating detailed profiles ready for use when the individual became an adult. He expected identity theft of young people would become a major problem in the next few years as youths targeted long ago came of age. The information is of major value to organised crime gangs, who can use the information to fraudulently obtain credit cards when the time comes. "A child of 13 today may have nothing," Supt Hay said. "But if the crooks have their details they know when they are going to turn 18," he said. "So when the child in five years time turns 18 it may well be the case they now have a credit card they didn't know about. "The failing is where we don't have the education and awareness programs in place. "We know the crooks out there are harvesting identity data, we know they build search kits and search engines to profile individuals out of all that data and we know that they can value add to their financial products."
記事原文 Japan's whale hunt to resume: reports North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy ABC September 30, 2011 18:30:09 Media reports in Japan say the country will go ahead with this season's whaling hunt in the Antarctic. Today's Yomiuri newspaper is reporting the annual hunt, described by Japan as research whaling, will go ahead later this year. A panel had been set up to discuss the future of whaling after the militant Sea Shepherd group disrupted the hunt for the past few seasons. There were also calls for spending cuts to pay for the reconstruction in the tsunami devastated north-east. A minority of the panel had recommended ending the program, but Yomiuri says the government decided scrapping the hunt would be against the national interest because it would giving in to obstruction. Reports suggest the government will even boost the whaling budget by about $27 million to better protect crew members preparing for this year's hunt.