Arts & Culture

Scots council could fly Irish tricolour for 1916 Easter Rising

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A SCOTTISH council could fly the Irish tricolour from its building to commemorate the centenery of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Scotsman  North Lanarkshire Council is considering an application from Irish cultural organisation Cairde Na hEireann to fly the flag from three locations in Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld. Supported by the council’s corporate services committee, the application, which goes against current policy, will be discussed at a meeting of local authority bosses. It is believed a number of councillors are ... Read More »

Investigative journalists are finding innovative ways to expose secrets and lies

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Most of the fourth estate lacks the time and money needed to prise open the secret doors that the powerful keep locked. The Canberra Times – Jonathan Holmes * Every journalist I know loves the film Spotlight. It portrays us the way we wish we were – but fewer and fewer of us actually are. There’s a scene near the beginning of the film when Walter “Robby” Robinson, the editor of the Boston Globe‘s investigative team – called Spotlight, hence the ... Read More »

What Made Ancient Athens a City of Genius?

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The tiny, dirty Greek city-state produced more brilliant minds—from Socrates to Aristotle—than any other place the world before or since. Why? The Atlantic – Eric Weiner If you’ve ever voted, served on a jury, watched a movie, read a novel, spoken English, had a rational thought, or gazed at the night sky in silent wonder, then you can thank the Ancient Greeks. They brought us democracy, science, philosophy, written contracts, taxes, writing, and schools. But the apex of their civilization, sandwiched ... Read More »

Child protection workers urged to consider adoption in forums across NSW

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NSW government aims to boost adoption numbers National adoption rates to an all-time low Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard​ is challenging the state’s “anti-adoption sentiment”, encouraging child protection caseworkers to give greater priority to adoption. The Sydney Morning Herald – Social Affairs Reporter ””” It’s about providing children with a family for life as opposed to carers until they turn 18. Lisa Vihtonen ””” A series of forums around NSW directed at caseworkers will emphasise the benefits of adoption ... Read More »

When silence falls: NSW art exhibition exposes hidden violent chapters in Australian, world history

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Visions of war and conflict may be all too commonplace in the news media, but it is not often that we are given the space to really contemplate what the long-term legacy of violence is for our society. ABC – By Rachel Robinson Cara Pinchbeck, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), made it her mission to carve out just such a space with the exhibition, When silence falls. “There’s so much conflict ... Read More »

Melbourne priest Paul Grasby moves to Malaysia to pursue ‘young Asian men’ while on paid leave

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EXCLUSIVE A Catholic priest stood down amid child sexual abuse allegations has moved to Malaysia, where he is using a gay dating website to seek the company of “young Asian men” while on paid leave. The Age – Nino Bucci, Crime reporter for The Age Father Peter Grasby, who is suspected of abusing boys from at least two Melbourne parishes during almost 40 years as a priest, also propositioned a former parishioner on a gay dating website, it can be revealed. Father Grasby, ... Read More »

Mathematics should be compulsory during all of high school, ADMA says

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Mathematics should be compulsory during all of high school to help address a skills gap in analytics in the marketing industry, according to Association of Data-driven Marketing and Advertising chief executive Jodie Sangster. Brisbane Times – Max Mason, Media Reporter Ms Sangster, who also represents the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA), said there has been constant feedback from members who are having problems filling jobs with people who have the right skill sets in data and marketing. “The outcome ... Read More »

French purists vexed at demise of circumflex

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French linguistic purists voiced online anger on Feb. 4 at the loss of one of their favorite accents — the pointy little “circumflex” hat that sits on top of certain vowels. Hurriyet – PARIS – Agence France-Presse A change in the spelling of some 2,000 French words will come into effect in new primary school textbooks being released for the start of the school year in September, the education ministry and publishers announced. The circumflex accent will become optional for many ... Read More »

Misery of work second only to illness

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British people are at their least happy while at work – except when they are sick in bed – according to researchers at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics (LSE). AAAS and EurekAlert! – University of Sussex The team analysed more than a million responses uploaded to a smartphone app, called Mappiness, that sporadically asks users questions such as how they are feeling, where they are and what they are doing. Mappiness users receive a ‘ding’ ... Read More »

Turkish academic faces jail for ‘terror propaganda’ over exam question on PKK leader

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An academic at Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science faces seven years in jail for “terror propaganda” over an exam question asking students to compare two writings by Abdullah Öcalan the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Hurriyet – Mesut Hasan Benli – ANKARA In the final exam of his course titled “Political life and institutions in Turkey,” Assistant Professor Doctor Reşat Barış Ünlü asked students to compare a 1978 leaflet by Öcalan with a more recent piece ... Read More »

Rite & Reason: Catholic schools are unfairly criticised over admissions

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Only 5 per cent of such schools in Dublin restrict admission on religious grounds The Irish Times – Bishop Brendan Kelly Faith schools exist because there are parents who wish to have their children educated in accordance with their religious convictions. Catholic primary schools are embedded in parishes and communities throughout Ireland. All surveys demonstrate a very high level of parental satisfaction with the service provided by these schools. Some of the recent comment on them makes a caricature of their ... Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

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In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. The Conversation Author: Timothy Joseph, Associate Professor of Classics, College of the Holy Cross Disclosure statement: Timothy Joseph does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the ... Read More »

Pro-rape ‘pick-up artist’ organises two Scottish events

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‘LEGAL rape’ group Return of the Kings will be holding meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend. The Scotsman The meetings were organised by controversial American pick-up artist and rape advocate Roosh V, who is the leader of a “neomasculinist” group. Supporters of the group will meet at Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to join other members before heading to a secret location. Roosh states that meetings are restricted to only hetrosexual men and any women attempting to attend ... Read More »

Brisbane could rename historically racist Boundary streets

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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will consider changing the names of Brisbane’s Boundary streets, but only if such a change is embraced by the city’s indigenous community. Brisbane Times – Cameron Atfield, Journalist At least one prominent Aboriginal activist, Sam Watson, has rejected the push, saying Boundary Street in both West End and Spring Hill served as a constant reminder of the horrific treatment of the area’s original inhabitants. The inner-city Boundary streets, on either side of the Brisbane River, were so named due to ... Read More »

One girl’s quest to become the first hijabi ballerina in the world

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Sydney schoolgirl Stephanie Kurlow stopped performing ballet when she converted to Islam in 2010. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rachel Olding, Reporter The 14-year-old, who has been dancing since she was two, doubted her chances of becoming a professional ballerina as she struggled to find schools that catered to both her religious beliefs and dance needs. Yet she watched around her as Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dancer, Noor Tagouri became the first American news anchor to wear a ... Read More »

Pope Francis warns against easy slide into corruption

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has warned Catholics of descending from sin into corruption, a theme often cited by the reformist pontiff as he tries to overhaul the Vatican. RNS – Rosie Scammell “There is a moment,” the pope said Friday (Jan. 29), “where our situation is so secure … and we have so much power” that sin becomes “corruption.” In those situations, the corrupt feel immune from the consequences of their actions and feel they have no need for ... Read More »