Coalition ups ante on Australian school tax rebates

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has pledged private school relief if the Liberal/National coalition wins the upcoming federal election. The pledge came in response to the Australian Labor Party leader, and current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard proposing a uniform and school equipment tax break expansion.

Abbott’s proposal includes an offer of tax rebates for sending a child to a private school. For students in primary school, prep to grade 6, the rebate will rise to $500 Australian a year per student and families will be then able to claim 50% rebate up to $1000.

“We are expanding the rebate so it can be claimed for school fees and also for other educational costs such as tuition and special educational costs for children with, for instance, dyslexia,” Abbott said at a press conference in Brisbane.

Before the election was called, Gillard had aimed to pledge $220 million over four years to expand the current tax breaks to cover refunds each worth $390 for primary school uniforms and $779 for high school uniforms, as well as refunds for other school equipment like texts books and computers.

“We all know that uniforms can be an expensive part of sending kids to school, but this change, along with the existing refund for textbooks and computers, will help families with that cost,” stated Gillard.

An opposition spokesperson claimed that the “obvious flaw in Labor’s policy is that it only applies to stationery, computer expenses and uniforms […] You know as a parent that you need help for a whole range of expenses. Extra teachers for children with dyslexia or the costs of doing music and all the other expenses like excursions and so forth.”

The expansion is expected to cost $760 million in total and one that Abbott claims needs to happen as “cost of living pressures tend to be greatest when your kids are at school”.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Fire broke out on Friday morning and destroyed the bottom two floors of a six-story hospital in Miryang, South Korea, killing at least 37 people, most of them elderly. More than a hundred injuries were reported, with eighteen people in critical condition. This is the highest death toll from fire in South Korea in almost a decade.

The fire is believed to have started at about 7:30 local time, according to fire chief Choi Man-woo. It originated on the ground floor in the emergency room as per various officials. The hospital has 98 beds and a medical staff of about 35, and specializes in long-term care of elderly patients. It adjoins a nursing home, all of whose 94 residents were evacuated. Staff carried some patients out of the hospital on their backs.

One patient, Jang Yeong-jae, who told his story to JoongAng Ilbo, said he escaped by removing a screen from a window to get to a ladder placed by firefighters. He described people “running around in panic, falling over and screaming as smoke filled the rooms”. The majority of the victims died from smoke inhalation and are believed to be elderly, said the head of the city’s public hospital, Chun Jae-kyung. A doctor, a nurse, and a nursing assistant have died, according to the fire service; it took three hours to put out the fire.

In a press briefing, Seok Gyeong-sik, the director of the hospital, apologized to patients and their families. Son Kyung-chul, its chairman, stated that there were no sprinklers because the facility was small. Sprinklers are being installed in the nursing home, where a new law requires them by June 30.

Last month, 29 people died in a fire in a gym in Jecheon; the owner and the manager were arrested for safety violations. In 2014, a blaze in a nursing home in Jangseong left 21 dead. The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, responded to the Friday fire by calling an emergency meeting of his staff, and promised that the cause would be found rapidly “to prevent the recurrence of the fire in the future”.

Monday, August 27, 2012

London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.

According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.

Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.

In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.

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Having a healthy and attractive smile makes a big difference in how you feel. Healthy teeth contribute toward your overall physical well-being. Good-looking teeth make you feel more confident and happy. When your teeth are white and bright, you want to smile all the time. A great smile makes you more memorable. It can even be an advantage in your professional life. Make an appointment with the Dentists Catasaqua PA patients visit to get the most beautiful smiles. They offer education, treatment and cosmetic dentistry in a personalized environment so you get the highest level of care. Your smile matters to them just like it matters to you.

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Education is a key factor to having a healthy smile. Learning how to brush and floss at home keeps your mouth healthier. Going for regular dental checkups and cleanings boosts your overall oral hygiene. Rely on a Dentist Catasaqua PA patients listen to for advice. The dentists and professional staff will review the ways to maintain good oral hygiene so your smile looks wonderful. Preventing tooth decay is essential. Learning how to combat decay keeps your teeth whiter and more shiny. The right home care techniques can prevent you from losing tooth enamel, getting cavities and facing infections. If you do have a problem, the dentists will help you get through it and teach you how to prevent future issues.

The Cosmetic Dentists Catasaqua PA patients depend on offer the latest technology to create a movie star smile. Professional tooth whitening can practically erase the signs of drinking coffee or eating foods that stain your teeth. Tooth whitening can be done in the dental office or at home, depending on your schedule. Either way, the results can be dazzling. Porcelain veneers are another way to achieve a stellar smile you can’t wait to show off to friends and strangers. A knowledgeable dentist will also recommend porcelain crowns in certain situations. No matter what your teeth look like now, there are an array of technologies available to make them absolutely fabulous. Schedule an appointment for a check-up with a local dentist today to get the smile you always dreamed of.

This article’s primary contributor, Patrick Gillett, is an alumnus of Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wikinews has obtained a list of middle management teaching staff allegedly made redundant, or laid off due to restructuring, by Sunshine Coast Grammar School (SCGS), in Queensland, Australia. Sources say that those staff have been told that they can apply for new positions that have opened up.

The list, published on the SCGS alumni Facebook page, contains the names of twenty-two staff members, eight of which taught this article’s primary contributor. Seventeen positions are reportedly being opened up by the private Christian school, eight of which seem to significantly overlap the old ones.

The changes are, apparently, designed to get teachers back into the classroom. “We are not cutting subject choices and extracurricular activities, but retaining a student-driven curriculum that integrates with the new Australian Curriculum, in keeping with our commitment to teaching and learning opportunities,” said headmaster Nigel Fairbairn.

Fairbairn could not guarantee that any of the staff would be given a position in 2011. “That will depend on how many people on that list apply for new positions of responsibility and are successful,” he said.

“The Head of the School cannot guarantee the 21 staff a job at the School in the future, with many of the positions being advertised to external applicants,” said Terry Burke, secretary for the Independent Education Union of Australia Queensland branch (Queensland Independent Education Union, QIEU).

“There has been little or no consultation with affected staff, who should not have to reapply for their jobs,” he said. “Most of the proposed restructuring is highly questionable and places at risk the high quality education at the School.”

Some former students responded angrily to the news.

Four of the affected teachers “were the backbone of the school when [controversy surrounded founding headmaster John Burgess] happened,” a former prefect (student leader) said. “They got it through that crisis and this is the thanks they get.”

“People are angry and shocked,” they continued. “I am aware of at least 10 families who have said they will pull their children out of the school – it’s that bad.”

The student body has not ruled out protesting the schools plans. “It’s getting to that stage,” the former prefect said. “People are trying to look at it in an intelligent way but there is so much anger out there.”

Wikinews understands that Fairbairn attracted criticism when he was a head teacher in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a former student claimed that Fairbairn “replaced the open and welcoming culture … with the tyrannical and oppressive one.”

By Glover Paul

Right about the time when we’re ready (or we think that we’re ready) to renovate our living space, we do one of two things. One, we get a little wild and crazy with ideas about our property without knowing if our dreams are realistic. Or two, we don’t fully realize the potential of our living space and thus don’t work to improve it to its fullest.

There is a medium that can help us keep our feet on the ground and improve our value of our property at the same time – and that’s a little thing called, ‘help.’

Face the Reality of Home Improvement

Although you might feel quite confident and capable of re-tiling your Basement floor or putting on a new roof, chances are that you simply don’t have the time to do so. Between working, grocery shopping, socializing with friends and picking up/dropping off the kids from school and their own activities, it’s a bit unrealistic to believe that you’ll have time (or the energy) to finish a major home improvement project like this – if you even get started at all!

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A quality project simply can’t be squeezed into a weekend project. Unexpected problems erupt causing delays that you hadn’t planned for. The price of materials might have raised since you last researched them. And unless you’re acutely aware of the new tools being manufactured, you might not be able to finish a project from a basic lack of ‘how-to’ knowledge.

These are just some of the problems that the nonprofessional renovator can face. So once again, you’re faced with another two-sided choice. One, you can quit your job, get a certificate in construction, and finally start your project. Or two, you can hire someone else to do it.

Most of us opt for reality number two.

Face the Reality of Your Dreams

Are your home improvement ideas realistic? Are they even legal? And do you know where to go to find out? A professional contractor can help you determine if your ideas are indeed possible and if they’re workable within the laws of your community.

Having tons of experience in the area, your contractor can take your idea and mold it into a roof, porch, garage, or landscape design that accommodates your dreams, your lifestyle, and the city ordinances within your neighborhood.

He or she will offer alternative solutions in the event that an original idea isn’t quite right. Your contractor can develop a more appropriate course of action should your home improvement project need to be completed within a specific time frame. Your home improvement specialist can explain tools, materials, and methods that will facilitate the entire process and educate you about your project at the same time. That way you if you have another home improvement project in mind, you can use this knowledge to continuously create realistic and workable plans.

There really is just too much about home improvement for the beginner or amateur to attempt alone. And the consequences of not getting the assistance you need could be detrimental. Play it safe and call a pro. A little reality goes a long way!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

On Sunday evening, around 16:30 local time, three armed men wearing ski masks stole four paintings: Claude Monet‘s “Poppy field at Vetheuil,” Edgar Degas‘ “Ludovic Lepic and his Daughter,” Vincent van Gogh‘s “Blooming Chestnut Branches” and Paul Cezanne‘s “Boy in the Red Waistcoat” from Foundation E.G. Bührle museum in Zürich, Switzerland.

The three armed robbers entered the museum half an hour before closing. One man with a pistol forced employees to the ground while the other two men stole the paintings. The whole ordeal lasted only 3 minutes. The men then proceeded to a van and left.

The four paintings are worth a total of 163 million US dollars. It’s said that it would be hard to sell the stolen paintings on the open market due to the popularity of the paintings. There is a reward of 90 thousand US dollars for the artwork.

The robbers, who were still at large, stole the paintings Sunday from the E.G. Bührle Collection, one of Europe’s finest private museums for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, police said.

It was the largest art robbery in Swiss history and one of the biggest ever in Europe, said Marco Cortesi, spokesman for the Zürich police. He compared it to the theft in 2004 of Edvard Munch‘s The Scream and Madonna from the Munch Museum in Norway.

Last week, Swiss police reported that two Pablo Picasso paintings were stolen from a Swiss exhibition near Zurich.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

CARACAS, Venezuela –The Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on February 14, 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. Brazil and Venezuela signed agreements of cooperation on many areas. According to the Brazilian government this was a strategical encounteur. This meeting is the first of three meetings that President Lula will have with South American Presidents in three days. The scheduled meetings are with the presidents of: Venezuela (February, 14), Guiana (February, 15) and Suriname (February, 16).

President Lula was accompanied by the following comitiva: the Minister of Development, Industry, and External Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan, the Minister of Finance Antônio Palocci, the Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim, the Minister of Health Humberto Costa, the Minister of Mines and Energy Dilma Roussef, the Minister of Tourism Walfrido Mares Guia, the President of Petrobras José Eduardo Dutra, the President of National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) Guido Mantega, the President of Eletrobrás Silas Rondeau Cavalcante Silva and the Special Secretary for Aquaculture and Fisheries José Fritsch. In addition a delegation of executives representing enterprises from Brazil accompanied the President.

The Brazilian Ministry of External Relations told the trip aims the construction of a strategical alliance and commercial integration between both countries. The Brazilian Presidential Advisor Marco Aurélio Garcia said:”With this gesture, Brazil will consolidate one of its major political goals, which is the constitution of a South American community of nations”. He added: “These agreements with Venezuela are strategical. We want this agreement as a model for other agreements in the region.”

According to President Lula the integration of the Latin America is the priority number one of his government. Days before the arrival in Venezuela and commenting about the trip Lula said: “We’re going to do the same thing in Colombia and in other countries in which integration is no longer a campaign speech but part of the way we deal with real things, day to day”.

The integration of the Latin America is the politics repeatedly proposed by Lula during the meetings of the Foro de São Paulo. According to him and the others members of the Foro there must be a integration among all the left parties and governments of Latin America. The union aims to be an alternative and opposing force to the politics and influence of the richest countries, mainly the United States. Among the organizations which are usually participants of the Foro de São Paulo are: Communist Party of Cuba, Colombian Communist Party, Communist Party of Bolivia, Communist Party of Brazil, Workers’ Party, Paraguayan Communist Party, Peruvian Communist Party, Socialist Party of Peru, National Liberation Army, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity, Tupamaros.

On December 4, 2001 during the 10th edition of the Foro de São Paulo in Havana Lula said:”A shoal of small fish may mean the finishing of the hungry in our countries, in out continent. We should not think as the History ended on our journey by the Earth. Even it happens just once, or with one gesture, let’s effectively contribute to the improve the life of millions of human beings who live socially excluded by this neoliberal model.”[1]

In Venezuela, once again, he brought out the integration wish: “This is the biggest dream I am carrying, that we can negotiate collectively, not like one country, but like a set of countries so we can do that our people may have the chance to conquer the full citizenship.”

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

If you are in the market for new bedding, and not too concerned with the new United States guidelines for mattress fire resistance, now might be a good time to buy. Mattresses sold in the U.S. must meet new federal guidelines for flammability starting on July 1.

The peak heat release rate is limited to 200 kW during a 30 minute test. The total heat release is limited to 15 MJ within the first 10 minutes.”

The flammability of mattress sets sold in the U.S. is subject to a new mandatory federal regulation requirement passed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 16 last year. The requirement, costing mattress manufacturers an estimated $100 million to meet, is scheduled to take effect on July 1. The commission anticipates that the new standards will save 270 lives and 1,330 injuries per year from mattress fires.

“We’ve passed a new open flame regulation and the whole idea behind the regulation is to make sure that if a mattress catches on fire that the fire burns slowly enough that people have enough time to get out of the house and get away,” said Hal Stratton, chairman of the CPSC

Radio and TV advertising spots are reacting to the new regulation by discounting prices on mattresses that fail to meet the new guidelines. Sales made in the mattress industry, like the automobile industry, are highly negotiable on price. The new regulation does not appear to have much “teeth” for mattresses already in the distribution pipeline, but it is a new law that is a bargaining position for potential buyers.

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Normal bathrooms and showers have become obsolete and trendy plunge baths have become a necessity in many homes. Hot tubs in Minneapolis are beneficial because they are comfortable, and people can relax their bodies and minds as they take a warm bubble bath. Hence, these home accessories have health benefits. However, there is a lot to learn about the tubs apart from their benefits. The following is a collection of information revealing the secrets behind the purchase, installation and maintenance of the baths.

Purchasing quality bathtubs

Buyers should browse the internet to locate reliable sellers of the tubs. Online shopping is recommended as people compare quotes and get affordable options. More so, custom made options are also available. Similarly, visiting shops is advisable because clients can physically observe the bathtubs. More so, custom made options are available. Visit Minnesotahottubs.com and find different sellers who offer quality items worth the investment.

Purchasing brand new plunge baths is not a must, as used tubs are readily accessible in stores and auctions at reduced prices. However, an Inspection should be done before purchase to confirm they are in good condition.

Installation

The location of the bathtub must be identified to install it appropriately. Hot Tubs in Minneapolis can be installed either indoors or outdoors. Those fixed inside the home ensure privacy and conservative people prefer them. On the other hand, the tubs can also be installed in the garden where users interact with nature. Outdoor locations are ideal for holding parties or gatherings with friends.

The method of installation is different depending on the size, design and power specifications. However, a common thing is that any tub must to be connected to a source of power to generate the heat to warm the water. Professionals should be contacted as they are trained to do a good job. They also have the appropriate equipment and meet customer demands.

Repair and maintenance

A time may come when the bathtubs become faulty. The damage could be caused by electrical faults or physical breakage. The damages ought to be fixed by carrying out repairs and making replacements where necessary. The tubs should also be monitored closely to identify potential problems.