Breast cancer hope
VIOLENT offenders are fighting to stay in Australia after their visas have been cancelled, with almost 70 launching appeals against deportation.
The trend comes as new Department of Immigration figures show a record number of visa cancellations this year, with murderers, rapists and child pornography offenders among those sent packing.
Under a section 501 amendment of the Migration Act, the federal immigration minister has the power to cancel a visa on character grounds.
New figures show there were 1284 visas cancelled in the year to July, including 156 in June alone — up from 983 last year and 580 in 2014-15.
New Zealanders made up the largest number of 501 cancellations, followed by visa holders from the UK, Vietnam, Sudan and Fiji, Department of Immigration figures show.
Violent assault convictions resulted in 258 foreigners losing their right to remain in Australia, with another 207 sent packing after engaging in serious drug offences.
Child sex offences led to 75 visa cancellations, while another 34 were annulled following rape and other sex offence charges. Murder charges led to 25 visa cancellations, while 19 people were booted out after being convicted of child pornography offences.
Another 19 visas were cancelled following manslaughter convictions, and six foreigners AUSTRALIAN scientists have discovered a molecule responsible for controlling a set of genes that, when “switched on”, can improve life expectancy for the most common form of breast cancer by up to a decade.
Now they are hoping to take their research one step further by working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a drug to target the molecule, called G9a, after finding a similar drug halved the size of tumours in mice.
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s Jason Lee said the G9a molecule controlled a set of genes that, when “switched on”, could extend the life of patients with oestrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) type breast cancer by between eight and 10 years.
This subtype is the most common form of the cancer.
Dr Lee said the research group also found that an available drug that targets G9a could be used to slow tumour growth by more than half.
He said the drug used, a type of epigenetic enzyme modifying inhibitor, was unsuitable for human trials, but QIMR Berghofer was working with a pharmaceutical company to hopefully THE Pentagon has confirmed US forces have killed the head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the raid last Tuesday had killed other IS members and would “significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan”.
Sayed was the leader of lost their visas after engaging in kidnapping.
People who have had their visas cancelled have 28 days to appeal the decision.
Among the 66 appeals lodged in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal this year was that of a New Zealand-born man with 21 theft and drug convictions from offences conducted in his homeland. ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group’s Afghanistan affiliate.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the death of a leader like Sayed “sets them back for a day, a week, a month … It is obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back, it’s the right direction”.
US Forces Afghanistan Commander Gen. John Nicholson said: “Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year
Upon arriving in Australia in 2013, the man continued his crime spree.
The man was also convicted of breaching an apprehended violence order 36 times, which he blamed on attempts to see his son.
Tribunal deputy president Dennis Cowdroy QC said it was clear the man posed an ongoing risk to the community. create a “more stable” version. “We have actually come up with lead compounds that seem to work very well in inducing cell death in breast cancer cells,” Dr Lee said.
There was also evidence the drug could be useful in treating other kinds of breast cancer in combination with traditional therapies such as chemotherapy.
Mother of two Natalie Guardala was first diagnosed with earlystage breast cancer in 2010, and suffered a recurrence four years later while 30 weeks’ pregnant with her second child.
She is now in remission, but the experience was so life-changing for Ms Guardala — whose mother has also survived breast cancer — it prompted her to give up her job as a lawyer for a career with QIMR Berghofer.
She welcomed the discovery of the genes, which Dr Lee said were predictors of whether a patient was likely to experience a cancer recurrence.
“Recurrence is the greatest fear of any breast cancer survivor. It’s something I live with every day,” Ms Guardala said. firstname.lastname@example.org and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.”
Afghan and US forces launched a counter ISIS-K offensive in early March, and the US hopes to push the terror group out of Afghanistan by the end of this year.
The news comes amid conflicting reports about the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
US kills IS Afghanistan leader
LEADING Melbourne model Elyse Knowles has swapped stilettos for steel-capped boots and swimsuits for tradie shorts as part of her
makeover. Tomboy Knowles and her partner, Josh Barker, are among the contestants who are renovating five weatherboard houses that have been moved to
site in Elsternwick. “It is definitely not the glamorous life,” she said.
“I’m happy to be a tomboy, I like getting my hands dirty.
“We have been living out of a porta-toilet, have a portable shower which is centimetres deep in mud when you first get in there, you trek across the back of the property in your boots when you first get out of the shower, there is no high life here.
“But I definitely don’t care, at all, what I look like.”
Knowles and Barker joined not long after renovating their own home.
“It has seriously been the most crazy experience, I have never worked so hard in my life,” she said.
“We are happy that we can have this adventure together. I think it has made our relationship stronger.”
While Knowles is looking forward to a break after finishing property, carpenter Barker has other ideas.
“Josh just told me as soon as we finish here we need to buy a house and do it again — he has all these ideas,” she said. Picture: DAVID CAIRD
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