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More Migrants now Using Agents

More Migrants now Using Agents

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It now seems more migrants to Australia are using agents compared to migrants of other destinations according to the latest Emigrate Australia reader survey.
59.4% of readers now say they are using an immigration consultant for their applications.

The Emigrate Australia reader survey looked at various issues of the immigration process including demographics, family factors, motivations and the immigration process. Other significant trends for Australia include Western Australia taking out a clear victory as the preferred destination for UK migrants (followed by South Australia) and financial motivations rising in comparison to lifestyle and climate factors.

Most respondents indicated that the WAITING was the most difficult part of the process. Therefore, there is a strong case for using an immigration consultant, who can help the applicant AVOID DELAYS and assist with QUICKER PROCESSING by presenting a 100% correct and complete application.

Secondly, the application process and preparing paperwork was also perceived to be a difficult part of the process. Again, there is a strong case for IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS who can make the application process smoother and clearer and provide personalised assistance and representation in this bureaucratic process.

The vast majority of readers indicated the more appealing lifestyle and safer place to bring up children, with climate being a major factor for emigration to Australia.

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Summary: The different approaches of prison rehabilitation aim to help prisoners fit in the society upon their release.

Some prisoners may feel doomed within the walls of the jail. Others are hopeful that they won’t be spending all their lives inside the prison. A number do not care what happens. There are prisoners who do not think about getting out of jail anymore. They are not excited about the idea of being shunned by the society. They feel that once outside again, work would be hard to come by and getting into trouble is not unlikely.

Prison rehabilitation has been put up to reduce the incidence of recidivism. Criminal experts feel the need for prison rehabilitation programs so that prisoner re-offending cases will be lessened. There are several methods or disciplines of prison rehabilitation. Some prisons are into the faith-based prison rehabilitation wherein religion is used to encourage inmates to adapt some moral values. For example, a New Zealand prison is implementing a Christian approach to its prison rehabilitation program. They are using prayer and spiritual transformation so that the prisoners who have been released will not have the tendency to be brought back in again. These prisons who are into the faith-based rehabilitation program want the inmates to explore their faith more deeply and encourage them to indulge in daily prayer and worship.

There are also prisons which practice the non-religious and non-medical approach to prison rehabilitation. Some of their programs last for about sic to eight months. One such example is the Second Chance Program, which is composed of four modules: drug rehabilitation module, education module, self-respect module, and life skills module. This program does not use alternative drugs for its drug rehabilitation module and the costs are extremely low compared to the other prison rehabilitation programs that use drugs and acquire the services of third party counselors.

Some prison units use a more rigid and strict discipline method of prison rehabilitation. Inmates are required to work in the fields. Some also incorporate some faith-based techniques so as to teach them some moral values. The Angola penitentiary, which was formerly known as the most violent jail in America has declared that they are basically going to keep their prisoners until it has been made sure that they won’t “hurt” anybody again. Angola’s prison rehabilitation program has been put in question. People say that what the prisoners actually need is to be taught employable skills which are necessary to them once they are released back into the society.

Prison rehabilitation is not your assurance of salvation. However, it is to ensure that prisoners do not go out with the same attitude they had when they came in. And a totally different life should await them upon release.

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Diamond Flashes

Diamond Flashes

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Beyond magnificence and splendor, the world of diamonds evolves on stirred grounds. When the stake is so important, interests collide. But technology develops following its onward course. Here are some interesting off-stage events in the diamond industry and innovations in technology.
De Beers sued by head of the Diamond Bourse
Derek Parsons, the president of the Diamond Bourse of the Southeast United States has filed a lawsuit against De Beers, on the charge of the company’s disregard of American competition law. Their Supplier of Choice policy puts the American dealers at a disadvantage.
The suit was not launched on behalf of the Miami bourse but on behalf of diamond dealers in America, condemning the criteria on which De Beers makes the sales – they would sell only to their sightholders, discouraging the non-sightholders and keeping prices artificially high at a non-competitive level.
Diamond mining expands
De Beers holds control of only 50% of the roughs market
Diamond rising prices have stimulated the exploration and mining in more countries such as Canada, Russia, Angola, India, Brazil. Nevertheless, about 40% of diamonds still come from Botswana and South Africa. De Beers’ control on the rough diamond market was declared to have decreased from 70% to about 50%.
Canada, Russia and West and Central Africa are considered by specialists an important potential diamond source. India and Brazil are prospected by geologists also due to the fact that they are known to have been a diamond source in the past.
The largest diamond reserve of Africa lives in extreme poverty
Although the fourth largest producer in the world by value and the holder of the largest diamond reserves in Africa. Angola’s per capita gross national income GNI is estimated at $650 per annum. People’ s main means of subsistence is agriculture.
The diamond sector has been seriously affected by the long war and by gem smuggling. Yet it still represents a very important potential driver of economic development. Since 2002, when the conflict between the government and the UNITA rebel movement ended, developing the sector has become a national priority and the government has already made changes to the diamond sector regulations. Serious redevelopment and investment is needed in this area. At present, artisanal mining operates in Angola and it brings very little economic benefit to local communities.
Increasing conflict in Russia between diamond cutters and miners
The Russian company Alrosa is the largest diamond miner in the world outside De Beers. Diamond cutters accuse Alrosa of favoring exports and providing larger stones for the foreign market and offering only small-sized diamonds to the internal market. On the other hand, Alrosa says that cutters cannot be allowed to pick the assortment of size they want.
The result is that Russian cutters are buying million dollars in rough stones from South Africa each month. Russian manufacturers had a production of $1.1 billion in 2003, and Alrosa is estimated to produce around $2 billion worth rough diamonds this year.
Find-diamonds computer program
Partition Enterprises has been working together with the De Beers company and the University of Queensland to develop a program that calibrates the density separator x-ray sorting machines more accurately, thus maximize the diamond yield. Partition will showcase their products at the Electra Mining 2004 Exhibition in Johannesburg.
De Beers sightholders
Sightholder firms have to satisfy various criteria such as a high degree of expertise in valuing rough diamonds, high experience in cutting and polishing. De Beers has 125 sightholders to whom they assure a monthly direct supply of rough diamonds and from whom they collect around $ 600 million. The privilege of being a sightholder company is carefully preserved, as being a sightholder means being „on the cards”, otherwise the supply of diamonds may become dangerously scarce for that company. That is why the offered diamonds will be eventually purchased regardless of their quality – the pack diamonds can be argued on but they are very rarely rejected, as the sightholder cannot afford to lose its status and break the relationship with De Beers Diamond Trading Company, relation that is essential for business.
In Japan, the only company appointed as sightholder is Tasaki.
Innovative complementary grading tool
A new feature will be added in grading reports: the light performance. Although the concept of measuring the light performance of diamonds has been introduced six years ago, this standard of diamond evaluation was never introduced into the grading reports of diamond grading laboratories. GemEx Systems, Inc. of Wisconsin and EGL USA of New York will provide a combined diamond grading report to diamond customers – besides the certification of the 4Cs, its light performance will be measured. The specific section in the report will contain the results of diamond analysis under six different lighting angles.
The GemEx Light Performance Report makes the difference between diamonds with similar 4C characteristics that can differ in brilliance, fire and sparkle. The analysis is the result of a patented spectrophotometer technology based on the computerized BrillianceScope that measures diamonds’ brilliance, fire and sparkle, providing a powerful tool for the cutting, sales, buying and marketing of fine diamonds.

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Travel to Australia’s east coast: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Travel to Australia’s east coast: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

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If you’re looking to experience Australia, the east coast is home to three of Australia’s major city centres and always full of fun things to see and do.

Whether you’re in a large group or a family, looking for budget travel or luxury resort accommodation, there’s options to delight everyone.

Sydney: the city for all seasons

From famous Bondi Beach to the tranquil Blue Mountains, to glittering Sydney Harbour and the thriving city centre, Sydney has it all.

Transport: getting there and getting around:

You can fly direct to Sydney from major international airports. There are 40 airlines servicing Sydney airport including all the major carriers such as Qantas, Virgin and British Airways.
Sydney has a well established rail and bus system which can take you all over the city and out to regional areas and interstate. The road system is modern and easy to navigate and car hire is available at reasonable rates.

Climate: Sydney weather and seasonal variations

Sydney enjoys mild weather all year round. Australian seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. It’s the perfect escape from a cold northern hemisphere winter!
Spring is from September to November. Summer is from December to February. Autumn is from March to May. Winter is from June to August. , so it can provide a great escape from a cold winter!

Accommodation: from cheap stays to luxury resorts

Booking accommodation is easy with a huge range available. Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of Sydney Hotels.

Events: there’s always something on in Sydney

• Variety Club Annual Road Bash starts from Garden Island on August 5 2007 on its way to the Northern Territory
• Priscilla the Queen of the Desert – the iconic Australian Musical is on at the Lyric Theatre Star City Darling Harbour
• Sydney Opera House has started its Winter Season – for details of what is on visit
• For the family, El Caballo Blanco is on at the Horseworld Stadium on Saturday and Sunday nights – it is a show with amazingly trained choreographed horses

Melbourne: shopping, restaurants and entertainment

Melbourne is known as the cultural centre of Australia. It is renowned for its beautiful restaurants, bars, shopping, art galleries, sport, live entertainment, the Melbourne Grand Prix and of course the world famous Melbourne Cup horse racing event – ‘the race that stops a nation’.

You can fly direct to Melbourne’s international airport from major international airports. Bus, taxi and rental cars are all readily available from the airport and the road network is simple to navigate. Melbourne’s trams – the only remaining tram network in Australia – are one of its major attractions and a unique and easy way to get around town.

Accommodation is plentiful with hundreds of Melbourne Hotels catering for all tastes and every budget. Be sure to stop by the Travellers Information Desk located in the International Arrivals terminal to pick up all the information you need to have a great holiday.

Set on the Yarra River, Melbourne is a wonderful place to explore. There are distinct enclaves to tour around whatever your interests are. If you want to go further afield, the Victorian Alps are only a few hours away by car and offer good skiing in winter.

Brisbane: beautiful one day, perfect the next

If you’re looking for superb sub-tropical weather, friendly relaxed people and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Brisbane is the place to be any time of the year. It offers long hot summers and wonderfully mild winters.

Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are easily accessible by train, taxi and car and shuttle buses also depart regularly. Situated on the Brisbane River, the city boasts a well resourced ferry system to let you tour the city sites in ease.

Brisbane hotels are available to suit any budget, and accommodation is also plentiful in surrounding areas. The pristine coastline and beaches both north and south of Brisbane are popular holiday destinations with many attractions and islands to explore.

Last but not least, from Brisbane you can visit many of Australia’s biggest theme parks including Dreamworld, Movieworld, Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and more. Shuttle buses are a quick and easy way to get there.

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Australia Film School

Australia Film School

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For as long as you can remember, you’ve always loved movies. It’s your life. Your passion. But the question is: do you have what it takes to make a movie?

Some people believe that they will find out the answer to that by attending an Australia film school. Others think not so, because acclaimed directors like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorcese never went to any film school and yet their films are discussed in every film school in the world.

The fact of the matter is that passion can only get you so far in the world of moviemaking. What you really need are talent, dedication, and a good eye for opportunity.

Two of those things you can learn from a good Australia film school. The first, you have to be born with that. And if you are not, then you have to have the dedication to learn all you can from every people you meet, not just your instructors, and the passion to practice and hone your skills. Once you’re through, people won’t even be able to tell the difference between hard work and talent.

Below are a list of good Australia film schools that can offer you training in various aspects of filmmaking. They don’t offer you talent, but what they do offer you is equally important: a springboard to making your dream career a reality.

Australia Film Television and Radio School

Considered as the national center Australian film education, including training in television and radio. Each year, this Australia film school accepts 100 limited slots for its full-time postgraduate programs and 5000 for its short-term courses.

Graduate diplomas include Cinematography, Design – Production Design, Design – Costume Design, Digital Media, Directing, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, and Sound Design. All these articulate, upon application, to Master of Arts. For television, they also have Television Producing, Television Editing, Screen Composition, and Digital Media.

Queensland School of Film & Television

Located in Brisbane, Australia, Queensland School of Film & Television, or more commonly QSFT, is the longest operating Australia film school in Queensland. This Australia film school offers Diploma in Screen, Certificate I & II in Screen, Post Graduate Program, Video Production Workshops, Short Courses that are tailored to your specifications, Screenwriting Courses, and Film & Television Careers.

APA International Film School

Located in Australia’s capital, Sydney, APA is an international school of film that caters to students from all over the world. This Australia film school has been producing filmmaking graduates who have all went on their way to make their marks in Australia’s film industry as well as in Hollywood.

Courses offered at this Australia film school include Advanced Diploma of Screen, Dimploma of Screen, and Certificate IV in Screen, with school terms ranging from six months to two years.