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GONEski! Australian Government Dumps Education Reforms

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Politics, Socially Engineerd, World of the News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on GONEski! Australian Government Dumps Education Reforms

GONEski! Australian Government Ditching Education ReformsA turnaround in policy position isn’t a huge surprise straight after an election, it sought of goes with the the furniture. Except in this case, apparently, both sides of Australian politics were in FULL agreement prior to the last election?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that 10 weeks into governing, he’s breaking a pre-election promise –  to match Labor’s school funding model – saying that his government would “do a little bit better.”

However, promises to one side, Australia’s new Government has just announced it will scrap the previous – Labor – governments plan for school funding reform, and will instead renegotiate individual agreements with all states and territories within the next 12 months ::::

Education Minister Christopher Pyne says Labor’s arrangements will stay in place for the coming year and will then be overhauled. UPDATED! November 29, 2013: Gonski Co-Author Labels Payne L Plate Minister.

A co-author of the Gonski report has labelled the new Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, “a minister on L-plates” amid confusion over school funding. Mr Pyne has not yet announced a new funding model for schools after scrapping the Gonski plan that was introduced under the previous Labor government.

Today Mr Pyne met with his state and territory counterparts, who described the talks as “very heated” and said they fear public schools will be the big losers under the new model :: Read the full article »»»»

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REBLOG! Dr Maryanne Demasi’s Playing With My Heart, Again…

Dr Maryanne Demasi As previously mentioned, I’m not a huge television watcher, discerning nut no couch-potato, one show I must see each and every week – or I seriously get the grumps – is Catalyst.

For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.

My favourite science reporter is back with another superlative question, “Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine?”

The answer is surprising. In this must see episode of Catalyst, Dr Demasi and team track down some surprising insights.  The science show has come under considerable fire from sections of the medical community for it’s latest two-part special.

Catalyst described the claim that saturated fats and cholesterol causes heart attacks as one of the biggest myths of medical history. Professor Emily Banks, the chair of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines, raised concerns over the program prompting people not to take necessary medicines.

Ms Demasi, a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Research, says as a broadcaster she has a responsibility to inform the public that people may be using the drugs unnecessarily. Ms Demasi (we should be calling her Dr, but Ms sounds so neat) said via Catalyst’s Facebook page that she moved from medical science to journalism to encourage critical thinking about people’s health :: Read the full article »»»»

RELATED! I’d Almost Trade My Bianchi Fixie For Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

I ride a Pista, and for a long time I’ve thought it – my chrome-moly limited edition Bianchi – the most perfect Pista ever built, aesthetically and trackside.  German übergestalter Ralf Holleis has just broken my dream, creating the above stunning super lightweight track bike, the VRZ 2 BELT, resplendent with 3D – lasercused – printed titanium lugs :: Read the full article »»»»

RELATED! Google Maps Highlights UTA Flight 772 Memorial

I’d love to say ‘I STUMBLED UPON THIS‘ however, I didn’t. My facebook buddy Ben Frost did, it’s now gone completely viral!

On Tuesday, 19 September 1989 a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft registered N54629/UTA Flight 772 took off from N’Djamena International Airport at 13:13.

46 minutes later, at its cruising altitude of 10,700 metres/35,100 ft, a bomb explosion caused UTA Flight 772 to break up over the Sahara Desert near the towns of Bilma and Ténéré in Niger. All 155 passengers and 15 crew members died.

The victims came from 18 different countries, the majority being French or Congolese nationals: 54 French, 48 nationals of People’s Republic of Congo, 25 Chadians, 9 Italians, 7 Americans, 5 Cameroonians, 4 Britons, 3 nationals of Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 3 Canadians, 2 Central Africans, 2 Malians, 2 Swiss, 1 Algerian, 1 Bolivian, 1 Belgian, 1 Greek, 1 Moroccan and 1 Senegalese.

On the flight deck were Captain Georges Raveneau, as instructor; First Officer Jean-Pierre Hennequin in training; safety pilot Michel Crézé; and Flight Engineer Alain Bricout. In the cabin were Pursers Jean-Pierre Baschung and Michele Vasseur, along with Flight Attendants Alain Blanc, Laurence de Boery-Penon, Martine Brette, Anne Claisse, Nicole Deblicker, Ethery Lenoble, Gael Lugagne, Veronique Marella, Jean-Pierre Mauboussin.

The rest of this story might simply be legend, whatever, it is one of the most touching pictorial stories doing the interweb rounds. Check the gallery, it truly is moving ::

By: @verity_penfold + @m_a_silverman + update via @m_dangerfield


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