Category: Lifestyle

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Autism Awareness Month: Raising autism awareness through Snapchat

Snapchat show of an autistic teen is going viral for the awesome reason

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate this, an Irish man, James Kavanagh, and his 13-year-old nephew Sean, who is living with autism, made a funny yet touching video that was posted on Kavanagh’s Snapchat. This ‘Autism Awareness Snapchat Show’ talks about what autism is in a glimpse.

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Vale Doris Roberts

Vale Doris Roberts: 1925 – 2016

This morning the world awoke to the sad news that comedy legend and five time Emmy Award winner, Doris Roberts, died on Sunday night of natural causes aged 90. An iconic figure in living rooms all around the world, the actress was best known for playing the “Everybody Loves Raymond” matriarch Marie Barone in the show, which ran for 9 seasons between 1996 and 2005.

From humble beginnings of being raised by her single mother in the Bronx, Roberts received her first big break performing in the 1955 Broadway show “The Time of Your Life”, before appearing on the Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour throughout the 1970s. In a career that spanned over half a century, Roberts appeared in over 35 films including 1961’s “Something Wild”, “The Honeymoon Killers” in 1969 and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” in 1974.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” is a show that, despite having watched each episode around 700 times, has never lost its charm or ability to entertain. Robert’s performance specifically as the lovable and hilarious Marie Barone remains in rewatches as pitch-perfect as ever, from her impeccable comic timing to her mastered use of expression. The success and popularity of the show was a direct result of how sincere and relatable the storylines were, and of course the sheer likability and portrayal of each and every iconic character – of which Marie was no exception. There is a reason why the passing of Doris Roberts is going to make even those who only knew her from her TV appearances feel as though they lost a member of their own family.

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Australian’s to learn languages early

10, 000 pre-school students across Australia will start learning a second language through an app the Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, has said will increase language studies in schools.

 

Following the success of a pilot study of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program in 2015, the Turnbull Government is expanding the program to more than 300 pre-schools nationally, which means that 10, 000 people will be able to study Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, or Arabic.

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The Halal Hype

The Halal; some label a useful tool for followers of the Muslim faith whilst others raise concerns that it is an extension of Islamic law that can not be engrained within Australian society.

The Halal certification has been associated to wide range of anti-Islamic protests, the most recent being the disturbance at the Melbourne Showgrounds on the 3rd of April, to which a protestor was struck in the temple with a PVC pipe, with the title “Rapefugees” splayed across his T-shirt. The social networking site, Facebook, is also known to maintain remonstrative pages as “Boycott Halal in Australia” and “Halal Choices”, seeking to reduce and dismantle the framework of Halal certification on foods. Read more …