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23.05.18  /  High  /  South Africa – Two Australian Embassy Officials Sacked For Taking Bribes

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23.05.18 South Africa Two Australian Embassy Officials Sacked For Taking Bribes

Two officials at an Australia embassy in South Africa have reportedly been sacked amid a probe into allegations Nigerian nationals paid bribes for visas.

At least 21 Nigerians received Australian student visas, which a high-level investigation said were 'tainted by the corrupt conduct of the department officers', Two Australian High Commission officials were fired after a joint investigation by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) and the Immigration Department, the publication reported.

An alleged visa scam was operating from the Australian embassy in South Africa (pictured)

An alleged visa scam was operating from the Australian embassy in South Africa (pictured)

The alleged scam involved criminals paying corrupt officials for Australian visas for Nigerian nationals.

The 21 visas were processed between February and April last year, according to a recent Administrative Appeals Tribunal document.

They were 'identified by the department as being tainted by the corrupt conduct of the department officers,' the AAT decision read.

 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and a delegate for Home Affairs cancelled the visa of one Nigerian student because they believed it to be fraudulent but the ruling was overturned

 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and a delegate for Home Affairs cancelled the visa of one Nigerian student because they believed it to be fraudulent but the ruling was overturned

As part of the tribunal, a report was provided which analysed 13 applications of Nigerian students that were approved by the allegedly corrupt officers.

One student, who is suspected of entering on a dodgy visa, was told by a delegate for Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that her visa would be cancelled.

But Ogochukwu Concilia Odinkaeze narrowly avoided deportation after AAT deputy president Jan Redfern and AAT member Dr Colin Huntly overturned the decision to cancel her visa.

Mr Dutton's delegate said that an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the granting of Ms Odinkaeze's visa had been conducted.

They stated that Ms Odinkaeze did not know she was in Australia on an shonky visa.

'I have considered Ms Odinkaeze's claims that she is unaware of such fraudulent conduct and applied for the visa on her own merits,' the delegate said in a statement.

Two Immigration Department officials have been fired as a result of the investigation

Two Immigration Department officials have been fired as a result of the investigation

'The evidence that the ground for cancellation exists was provided by reliable verifiable sources.'

The delegate also told the tribunal that had she applied through the appropriate channels her visa 'would not have been granted.'

'Relevantly, Ms Odinkaeze is not the subject of this analyse but her application is one of 21 Nigerian student applications processed in the period of February, March and April 2017 that was identified by the department as being tainted by the corrupt conduct of the department officers,' the AAT decision said.

 

22.05.18  /  High  /  Australia – Australian Shoppers Paying More For Groceries Than Anywhere Else

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22.05.18 Australia Australian Shoppers Paying More For Groceries Than Anywhere Else

Australian shoppers are paying more for groceries than anywhere else in the world.

Sydneysiders pay more than New York, Hong Kong and London for four grocery items.

On Channel 9's Eat Well For Less Ross Greenwood explained that a recent study showed Sydneysiders pay the most for apples, cheese, tomatoes and mince.

He said: 'Living in Australia, it's not cheap. When it comes to groceries, we pay some of the most expensive prices on the planet.'

 
 Australian shoppers are paying more for four items than anywhere else in the world - but it is cheese that pushed Sydney over the top (stock image)

 Australian shoppers are paying more for four items than anywhere else in the world - but it is cheese that pushed Sydney over the top (stock image)

On Channel 9's Eat Well For Less Ross Greenwood (pictured) explained that a recent study showed Sydneysiders pay for more for certain groceries than people that live in New York, London and Hong Kong

On Channel 9's Eat Well For Less Ross Greenwood (pictured) explained that a recent study showed Sydneysiders pay for more for certain groceries than people that live in New York, London and Hong Kong

Mr Greenwood said: 'Living in Australia, it's not cheap. When it comes to groceries, we pay some of the most expensive prices on the planet' (stock image)

Mr Greenwood said: 'Living in Australia, it's not cheap. When it comes to groceries, we pay some of the most expensive prices on the planet' (stock image)

Mr Greenwood explained that if cheese was removed from the grocery list Sydney would be cheaper than New York.

He said that across Australia prices vary.

Between states people from the ACT pay twice as more for chocolate than in the Northern Territory.

In the past high grocery prices in Australia have been linked to wages, industry regulation, population and the duopoly of the supermarket industry (stock image)

In the past high grocery prices in Australia have been linked to wages, industry regulation, population and the duopoly of the supermarket industry (stock image)

The Economists Worldwide Cost of Living survey found Sydney to be the tenth most expensive city overall (stock image)

The Economists Worldwide Cost of Living survey found Sydney to be the tenth most expensive city overall (stock image)

 

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However news.com.au reported that is most likely The Economists Worldwide Cost of Living survey which analysed the cost of 400 prices across 160 products in 133 cities around the globe.

The study found Sydney to be the tenth most expensive city overall.

In the past high grocery prices in Australia have been linked to wages, industry regulation, population and the duopoly of the supermarket industry.

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22.05.18  /  News  /  Australia – Cameroonian Boxer Told To Return Home

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22.05.18 Australia Cameroonian Boxer Told To Return Home

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Furious Australians have told Cameroonian boxer Simplice Fotsala he should return to his home country.

The 29-year-old athlete fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April.

Fotsala posed grinning with his thumbs up in front of landmarks including the city's Arts Centre, the Seafarers Bridge and Morang train station.

 

Furious Australians have told Cameroonian boxer Simplice Fotsala (pictured) he should return to his home country

The 29-year-old athlete (pictured) fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April

The 29-year-old athlete (pictured) fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala he should go back to Africa (pictured)

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala he should go back to Africa (pictured)

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala to go back to Africa.

'Not cool, not smart, not courageous ... There are thousands of people lining up to get in to Australia legally,' wrote one angry Australian.

While some tried to defend the missing athlete, others chimed in to say Fotsala should face deportation.

 

22.05.18  /  Extreme  /  Australia – Catholic Church Official Guilty Of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

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22.05.18 Australia Catholic Church Official Guilty Of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

South Australia's highest-ranking Catholic Church official has been found guilty of covering up child sex abuse at the hands of a paedophile priest.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, faces a maximum two years' jail after he was convicted of concealing the abuse of four altar boys during the 1970s.

Magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday following a magistrate-only trial.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (pictured outside court on Tuesday) faces a maximum two years' jail after he was convicted of concealing the abuse of altar boys during the 1970s

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (pictured outside court on Tuesday) faces a maximum two years' jail after he was convicted of concealing the abuse of altar boys during the 1970s

Archbishop Philip Wilson is pictured (left) arriving at Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday

Archbishop Philip Wilson is pictured (left) arriving at Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday

Prosecutors successfully argued Wilson covered up the abuse of four boys by now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher (pictured) in the NSW Hunter region

Prosecutors successfully argued Wilson covered up the abuse of four boys by now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher (pictured) in the NSW Hunter region

The clergyman is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged and convicted of the offence.

Prosecutors successfully argued Wilson covered up the abuse of four boys by now-dead paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region.

Wilson has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and claims to have no memory of a 1976 conversation he had with one of the alleged victims.

Prosecutor Gareth Harrison in April said the archbishop wanted to protect the church's reputation and absolve himself of guilt as a 'cat on a hot tin roof'.

'The accused was part of an entrenched, toxic culture,' Mr Harrison said during his closing address.

The defence argued Wilson was not guilty because there's no evidence to prove the archbishop was told about the abuse, believed it was true or remembered being told about it.

 

22.05.18  /  Extreme  /   – Children Poisoned By ADHD Medications Has Soared

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22.05.18 Children Poisoned By ADHD Medications Has Soared

The rate of kids being poisoned by ADHD medications - accidentally and intentionally - has soared since 2000.

Between 2000 and 2014, around 10,000 children under 19 were hospitalized, and three died after taking methylphenidate or amphetamine.

That rate is climbing steadily: in 2014, poison call centers received 11,500 calls about children suffering reactions to these medications, up 60 percent from the 7,000 calls in 2000.

The vast majority of calls (82 percent) were accidental, largely involving young children who had taken pills that weren't properly stored.

The rest involved teenagers deliberately taking the pills to get 'high' or attempt suicide.

Experts warn the findings, published today by Nationwide Children's Hospital, should be a red flag to parents and doctors that these medications can have severe side effects, as ADHD diagnoses and prescriptions increase year-on-year.

Indeed, just last week another report showed that child prescriptions for ADHD medications are soaring in the US, despite a downturn in all other prescriptions.

Between 2000 and 2014, around 10,000 children under 19 were hospitalized, and three died after taking methylphenidate or amphetamine - and many of those were accidental

'We now have two studies showing that prescriptions for ADHD medications are going up, so we need to be aware that these medications have these severe side effects,' lead author Dr Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, told Daily Mail Online.

'Even just one pill can have an effect.

'Households with kids under six years of age should think keep medications up away from children and should not be left out.

'In older age groups, in teens, about half of the exposures in that age group were intentional. We need to be aware of this.'

For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers analyzed National Poison Data System data from 2000 to 2014, focusing on pediatric ADHD medication exposures.

Between 2000 and 2014, there were 156,365 exposures reported to US poison control centers related to ADHD medications.

 

22.05.18  /  Extreme  /  Congo, Democratic Republic of the – Ebola - Health Workers Have Begun Immunisation Campaign

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22.05.18 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Ebola - Health Workers Have Begun Immunisation Campaign

A nurse administers an injection on the first day of the Ebola vaccine study in Monrovia, Liberia, on February 2, 2015 .Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The vaccines were first used in a limited trial during the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola outbreak

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun an immunisation campaign in an attempt to halt the spread of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

The experimental vaccine proved effective when used in limited trials during the epidemic which struck West Africa in 2014-16. At least 26 people are believed to have died in the current outbreak. Health workers were among the first to receive the vaccine on Monday.

What is Ebola?

It is an infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal. It can spread rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid, and its early flu-like symptoms are not always obvious. More than 11,300 people died in the earlier outbreak in 2014-16.

How serious is the current outbreak?

At least 45 cases of Ebola have been reported, including three health workers, since the outbreak began earlier this month. The virus has already spread from rural areas to the north-western city of Mbandaka, a major transport hub on the River Congo, where at least four cases have been confirmed. This has sparked fears that the outbreak could reach the capital, Kinshasa, as well as neighbouring countries. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said it has "strong reason to believe that the outbreak can be brought under control". At an emergency meeting, on Friday WHO experts said that "the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not currently been met".
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