France to ban food waste in supermarkets

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Paris: In a rare show of unity France’s parliament has voted unanimously to ban food waste in big supermarkets, notably by outlawing the destruction of unsold food products. “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” Socialist member of parliament Guillaume Garot, who sponsored the bill, said on Thursday. Under the new legislation, supermarkets will ... Read More »

What’s the best, most effective way to take notes?

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If it feels like you forget new information almost as quickly as you hear it, even if you write it down, that’s because we tend to lose almost 40% of new information within the first 24 hours of first reading or hearing it. The Conversation – Claire Brown * If we take notes effectively, however, we can retain and retrieve almost ... Read More »

Don’t panic: the ‘ice pandemic’ is a myth

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The other morning my eight-year-old asked me why people who take ice are violent. She had just heard the federal Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, on the radio talking about the latest police statistics on illicit drugs. The Age - John Fitzgerald * I found myself in a situation where I had to explain the difference between telling the whole truth and ... Read More »

The long term impact of corporal punishment

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Currently in Australia, Common Law allows corporal punishment of children as “reasonable chastisement” in all its states and territories. The Sydney Morning Herald – Angelika Poulsen * This means that parents in Australia can physically chastise their children using any method they find to be reasonable (even using an implement such as a belt), as often as they see fit, for anything ... Read More »

We’re not tackling domestic violence education in the classroom. But we need to be.

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Teaching respectful relationships in the classroom will help prevent the next generation of domestic violence, as Senator Larissa Waters explains. MamaMia - Teenage relationships may seem a lifetime ago, but I can still remember clearly the confusion and awkwardness of navigating them in those formative years. In the uncertainty of some teenage relationships, controlling behaviours, such as partners checking text messages or ... Read More »

Carrot or stick? Punishments may guide behavior more effectively than rewards

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective — the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment devised at Washington University in St. Louis suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The results, which stem from a study involving 88 students at the university, are available online in ... Read More »

First Turkish Cypriot Head Boy for ES

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A Turkish Cypriot pupil has, for the first time in the English School’s long history, been elected as Head Boy. InCyprus – Onat Ataman was voted Head Boy at elections at the school earlier this week. Reacting to the news, Akel welcomed the move saying: “This development shows the progress made in relations between pupils from the two communities.” It ... Read More »

Speaking Greek In March, In Olbia

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Kαι τώρα πώς εξέπεσαν, πώς έγιναν, να ζουν και να ομιλούν βαρβαρικά, βγαλμένοι -ω συμφορά!- απ’ τον ελληνισμό.»  Cavafy. Dean Kalimniou If Cavafy’s poem «Ποσειδωνιάται»  is anything to go by, the phenomenon of diasporan Greeks feeling concerned about losing their mother tongue in their adopted countries is neither a product of the post-colonial, globalised capitalist world or a product of ... Read More »