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Radicalization in the South East:

This last two years have shown to be the radical Islamist terrorist’s most active years, with deadly attacks occurring in central locations in major European countries like France and Germany. While most media attention is directed towards first world countries in the EU, the threat of radical Islamic states has also been present in the South East Asian region. These include attacks dating as far back as 2002 with the Bali bombings in Indonesia, as well as terror attacks in Malaysia and Singapore. The most recent attack occurred on the 26th of April of this year involving a Canadian hostage executed by an Islamist militant group in the Philippines. A 68 year old man, John Ridsdel was taken hostage in September of last year and declared dead by Canada’s Prime Minister in “an act of cold-blooded murder”. While this may be one of few cases of a Western citizen being executed in this region, there have been several other cases of local citizens in being subjected to ongoing terror attacks following the 2002 bombings in Bali.

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Doctor Who finds its new Companion in Pearl Mackie’s “Bill”

And now things get exciting! For Doctor Who Fans, the wait in-between each series is one of the most tedious and testing times of the year, with the only relief being any major teasers of announcements regarding what’s to come.

2016 specifically, being the first “Who-Free” year since 2004, has felt ridiculously dry… that is until today. In the early hours of Sunday morning Pearl Mackie was revealed as Peter Capaldi’s new companion “Bill” for Series 10 which is set to air in Early 2017. “Bill” fills the void left by Jenna Coleman’s Clara who left at the conclusion of Series 9 last year, ending her record breaking 3 series run. Mackie was revealed to the world in the form of a 2 minute promotional video battling Daleks, which aired on on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final. Read more …

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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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Northlane, In Hearts Wake release joint ‘Equinox’ EP

Two of Australia’s biggest metalcore bands have teamed up for a joint EP in ‘Equinox’. Northlane and In Hearts wake unveiled the secret project ahead of their upcoming national co-headlining tour of the same name in June.

Announced at 8:30 this morning through the bands’ record label UNFD, the 3-track EP is a wholly collaborative effort, featuring all 10 members of the two bands. The bands’ said in their statement via UNFD today “This is a three track collaboration between Northlane and In Hearts Wake, which was written and recorded in January by Will Putney in Melbourne. All three tracks are designed to be played as one song, and they each feature both bands”

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The artwork, conceptualised by the two bands, depicts balance and unity.

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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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The trigger is all but pulled: Australia set to head to the polls July 2.

Any moment now, the Prime Minister will announce that Australia will be going to the polls early this year and though it might not seem like it, this is a very big deal. This article will explain everything you need to know about the importance of an early election in 2016.

The Senate yesterday voted down Turnbull’s attempt to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). It comes after last month when the PM and Attorney-General George Brandis officially advised Governor General Peter Cosgrove to restore the Parliament early to debate the Coalition’s two pivotal industrial relations bills if they were not passed. This established a double dissolution trigger. Read more …

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P!NK Bursts Through the Looking Glass with “Just Like Fire”

Alecia Moore (more popularly known as P!NK) is one of those few artists to whom I have an unwavering sense of loyalty. Having followed her career religiously for as long as I can remember, I feel fairly confident in saying that Pink may be one of the most talented and diverse performers of our generation. From her humble origins as one third of the R&B Girl Group ‘Choice’, all the way through to her various Pop-Rock and Contemporary R&B albums including “I’m Not Dead” and “Funhouse”, to 2012’s incredibly diverse and popular “The Truth About Love” and finally 2014’s folk music collaboration as part of “You+Me”; her career has charted across a number of music genres, earning high praise at almost every turn. This week, 4 years after the release of her last solo album, Pink has released a brand new original song written especially for Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, hitting theatres around the world in the coming months and, as the title suggests, it’s “Just Like Fire”.

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Impeachment Proceedings in Brazil go ahead.

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef has lost the first round of proceedings surrounding her impeachment today in the lower house. The first vote passed in congress with a majority of over two thirds from the conservative and anti-rousseff members of congress, causing good reason to worry for members of the Brazilian Worker’s Party and Roussef. 

Rouseff a former left wing Guerrilla in the 1960s turned politician assumed office as the president of Brazil in 2011 and won a second term in office in 2014. During her time as office Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup and is currently gearing up for the Rio Olympics this summer. Read more …

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 …