I'm going to keep pushing this message until it happens! - we need schools like Finland. They are evidence based, joyful, and professional. They respect and trust teachers. They are supported by brain science in that most key aspect of all - children need to play and learn, and not be force-taught under seven. If at all.
Today 14 years ago, a small series of bushfires smouldering just west of the ACT turned into an intense firestorm crossing the border into our territory, striking with speed and ferociousness that few Canberrans will ever forget.
In the hours to follow, emergency services, police, volunteers and householders battled shoulder to shoulder with bravery and fearlessness against walls of flames to protect lives, pets and property.
Tragically, in the coming days four people would lose their lives, hundreds of homes would be destroyed and the fires would cause severe damage to the suburbs and outer areas of Canberra.
One of our officers, the then Sergeant Jeff Knight remembers Canberra’s blackest day...
“I’ll never forget that day, the smoke, the flames and the suffocating heat. But it is the memory of the despair on those residents’ faces as they realised they had to leave their homes, potentially forever, that lingers.”
In what was such a dark time, it was the camaraderie and community spirit both during the fires and thereafter, which reassured me, Canberra could and would recover.”
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Ireen is just one of the community members who has benefited from nutrition classes in her community in Zambia. When Ireen began noticing her young grandson Hector had no energy and was struggling to gain weight, she became concerned for his health – that’s when nurses at the local health clinic suggested Ireen join a nutrition cooking class, supported by World Vision. Once a week, parents attend classes and learn how to prepare nutritious meals for children using inexpensive, locally available ingredients. These classes have since helped reduce malnutrition and Ireen says the program is "truly saving lives". Learn more about the importance of nutrition programs like this one: http://wva.me/Early-nutrition Photo by Collins Kaumba, World Vision
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Well, well, well – looks like voters aren't too happy about the Turnbull Government's nasty debt threats.
Last week, over 2100 GetUp members chipped in fund a war chest to take down the Coalition's cruel automated letters.
Their generous contributions funded a national poll on the issue – and the results are damning. Almost half of undecided voters are less likely to vote for the Coalition in light of their heartless debt threats.
It's time to stop bullying people on income support and start targeting the 679 major corporations who paid NO TAX.
And our people-powered movement is only just getting started.
This cat confused everyone when he moved into a barn with 'Copper', the heavily pregnant goat. But his reason turned out to be remarkable...
Pretty Boy was like any other farm cat until, it seems, he sensed his calling. He became obsessed with Copper the goat's pregnancy to the point where he would sit for hours massaging her tense belly while she sat back, seemingly enjoying the release of tension.
In fact, this moggy midwife was even there to help Copper with her contractions as she went into labour. And like any proud medical professional, Pretty Boy calls by regularly to play with the new additions, a male and 2 female kids. Yes, the joy over his massages now makes perfect sense. Copper had triplets!