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Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane
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Choose your own terrifying adventure.
Recent Australian governments have implemented controversial refugee policies, condemned by international bodies like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). BuzzFeed Australia sought to understand exactly what options are available to those seeking refuge in Australia.
Iranian asylum seekers who were caught in Indonesian waters while sailing to Australia, listen to an Indonesian police official on a boat, at Benoa port in Bali, Indonesia, 12 May 2013.
AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati
1. You are more than likely to be fleeing your country due to persecution or fear of persecution in your state, for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. Some of you will have witnessed death and violence inflicted on your family, friends and colleagues.
2. You wish to apply for refugee status.
Please note that in many countries UNHCR is not present to make resettlement decisions. Where they are present, such as Indonesia, are typically countries in Asia that have not signed the UNHCR Refugee Convention and thus need not recognise your refugee status.
You and your family will have no legal status in that country and you will live in constant fear of arrest and detention. You may be waiting decades - or your entire lifetime - before successful resettlement in a third country, such as Australia, becomes possible. According to the UNHCR, global resettlement needs outpace available resettlement places by a factor of 10 to 1.
3. You decide to seek asylum in Australia and are able to enter by plane. -> Go to number 33.
4. It may not be possible for you to acquire travel documents or Australia doesn't easily grant visas to people of your nation (for example, Afghanistan) making entering Australia virtually impossible.
5. You decide to travel to Australia by plane, but are denied entry because you don't have a valid visa or the authorities cancel your visa. -> Go to number 37.
6. In desperation, you decide to travel to Australia by boat, without a visa.
7. This will probably involve paying a smuggler a lot of money, possibly all your life savings, and travelling on a tourist visa by plane to a country in southeast Asia and then via sea to Christmas Island, Australia.
8. Regardless of your mode of arrival, seeking asylum is a right promised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Australia is a signatory.
Sources: 1. UNHCR; 2. UNHCR; 3-8. Interviews conducted with Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia and Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Executive Director of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).
Investigations Into the South Korea Ferry Disaster Reveal a Litany of Errors
Prosecutors have raided the offices and home of the Sewol's reclusive owner, seeking answers to a tragedy that has so far claimed 160 lives, with the death toll expected to mount as divers continue to search the wreck for bodies
The owner of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week with the loss of scores of lives is facing increased scrutiny, with investigators discovering that the vessel was overloaded, had recently been modified, and was possibly crewed by insufficiently trained personnel.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Sewol was loaded with 3,608 tons of cargo on its final journey – over three times more than the maximum recommended weight of 987 tons.
After acquiring the Sewol in 2012, operators Chonghaejin Marine Co. added 240 additional cabins, increasing passenger capacity by more than 150 people but also raising the vessel’s weight by almost 240 tons. It has also been established that the ferry was being operated despite a request made by the captain on April 1 for repairs to the steering gear.
The Sewol began listing sharply at around 9 a.m. last Wednesday, after making a sharp turn just outside Jindo Island, on its way from the city of Incheon to the resort island of Jeju. Within two hours, the ship – carrying 476 passengers, the majority of which were high school students going on a field trip – was submerged. Besides the 174 people passengers rescued on the first day, no survivors have been found. The confirmed death toll surpassed 160 on Thursday and the remaining missing passengers are feared dead.
On Wednesday, prosecutors raided the office and residence of Chonghaejin’s owner, Yoo Byung-eun, as well as premises belonging to his company’s affiliates and an evangelical church in which he is believed to have an interest. Known as the “millionaire with no face” because of his rare public appearances, Yoo is a notorious figure in South Korea, having been jailed for fraud for four years in the early 1990s, and previously leading a religious cult. In 1987, over 30 people from his sect committed mass suicide, but prosecutors found no evidence against Yoo.
According to Chonghaejin’s audit report for last year, the company spent just $521 on crew training, including evacuation drills. By comparison, a competitor, Daea Express Shipping, spent 20 times that amount.
Among the 29 crew members on board the Sewol on its ill-fated journey, 20 people, including the captain, have been arrested or detained on charges of negligence and abandoning the passengers. Although crew members claimed that it was impossible to launch life boats while the Sewol was sinking, photos show a Coast Guard officer managing the task during the initial rescue efforts. It has also emerged that the first distress call to authorities came from a student on board, not a member of the crew, and that the 25-year old third officer who was at the helm when the incident happened had never commanded the ship on this particularly dangerous stretch before.
Meanwhile, divers are making a concerted push to recover more bodies from the vessel in advance of adverse weather expected Friday. Three large cranes are positioned near the scene, but a salvage operation of the 6,825 ton ferry is on hold until relatives of the missing passengers give their consent.
The tragedy is the worst maritime disaster in over two decades in South Korea, has evoked sympathy from all over the world – even from the country’s longtime nemesis North Korea. A spokeswoman for the South Korean Unification Ministry quoted a message from Pyongyang, which said “We express condolences for the missing and dead, including young students, from the sinking of the Sewol.”
Son Byoung-gi, a lawyer representing Chonghaejin Marine Co., has said that the company will announce its position after the investigation is completed, adding that: “If there is any legal responsibility, the owners are willing to offer their wealth and assets to help compensate the [families of the] victims.”