LETTER TO THE EDITOR Lambda Legal responds to nomination of Judge Barrett – 47 – 2020-10-13 Windy City Times

Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to oppose Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The rushed confirmation hearings began today for President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, while voting for the next president and one-third of the Senate is already underway.


“Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s record is filled with red flags that should disqualify her from sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court. Given her restrictive, reactionary judicial philosophy, Judge Barrett is unfit to fill the seat, much less the shoes, of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal.


Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates that she would immediately threaten the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, racial equity, and reproductive rights:


– In 2016, Barrett gave a presentation as a professor where she expressed

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Malawi loses a fine scientist in Ethiopia: Simutowe dies of cardiac arrest | Malawi Nyasa Times

A well known Malawian scientist Franklin Peter Simtowe has passed away  in Ethiopia, it has been learnt.

Dr. Franklin Peter Simtowe

Born in Chitipa District in 1971, Simtowe held a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn and Hohenheim in Germany.

His professional career spans over 25 years of socio-economics research in many international research institutes and organizations including most recently as Africa Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sasakawa Global 2000 based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;.

He also had a stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) based in Cotonou, Benin.

Narrating Simtowe’s death, Malawi’s Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Sagawa said that Simtowe collapsed in his office at Sasakawa Global 2000 in the afternoon of Friday, 9th October 2020 and is believed to have died on the spot.

He was rushed to Yared hospital in Addis Ababa where

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Dhammika Perera launches DP Kids free online learning platform | Times Online

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To support education excellence among children, Hayleys Group co-chairman and philanthropist Dhammika Perera and his wife Priscilla Perera have launched another initiative.

Seven specially designed animated character for DP Kids

The platform, DP Kids, aims to provide free access to pre-school education to a minimum of 264,000 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, which amounts to 20 per cent of the 1.32 million children in Sri Lanka.

The launch of DP Kids represents the latest in a series of initiatives as part of its groundbreaking efforts to leverage platforms like DP Education and DP Digital University to deliver free education and empower a new generation of Sri Lankan school and university students, DP Kids said in a media release.

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong foundation for lifelong education and learning abilities, including cognitive

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The government has delivered a budget that set its sights low, but still asks too much of Australians | The Canberra Times

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A trillion dollars is a lot of money – a one with 12 zeros after it. That’s where Australia’s debt will peak. To put it in perspective, when the Liberals launched their “debt truck” scare campaign in 2009, they did so with the figure “$315 billion” emblazoned on the side – one-third of the level of projected peak debt under the Coalition today. So what does Australia get from that spending? The economy came into this crisis from a position of weakness. Last year, productivity went backwards, investment was in the doldrums, wage growth was among the slowest on record. We had problems in retail and a downturn in construction. That means we need to have big aspirations. When Curtin and Chifley sat down at the end of World War II to rebuild the economy, they didn’t take a “back to

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Health and education spending is at record levels. This budget should have gone further on tax cuts | The Canberra Times

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The biggest story of the 2020 budget is not, surprisingly, the 12-figure record deficit. It is not the looming trillion dollars in debt. And it is certainly not any supposed unfairness. It’s the loss of a once-in-a-decade chance to shift the economic trajectory of the budget. In normal times, the budget imposes practical limits on government spending. Government can never do everything it wants, because to do so would result in massive deficits, and the public still looks askance at unfunded spending, despite persistent efforts by progressives to undermine this sensible instinct. But in a crisis, different rules apply. Deficits seemingly no longer matter, and governments are free to pursue a broader agenda, for better or worse; as Kevin Rudd did when he found himself unshackled as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. Yet the

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Sunday Times – Philanthropist Dhammika Perera launches DP Kids free online learning platform

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To support education excellence among children, Hayleys Group co-chairman and philanthropist Dhammika Perera and his wife Priscilla Perera have launched another initiative. 

The platform, DP Kids, aims to provide free access to pre-school education to a minimum of 264,000 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, which amounts to 20 per cent of the 1.32 million children in Sri Lanka.  

The launch of DP Kids represents the latest in a series of initiatives as part of its groundbreaking efforts to leverage platforms like DP Education and DP Digital University to deliver free education and empower a new generation of Sri Lankan school and university students, DP Kids said in a media release. 

“A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong foundation for lifelong education and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. Well-established research

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Centre Alliance will support the government’s plan to increase higher education fees | The Canberra Times

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The Centre Alliance has come under fire from Labor, the Greens and independent crossbenchers including Senator Jacqui Lambie after the party announced it would support the government’s higher education changes. The government said the changes, which were announced earlier this year, were aimed at improving job outcomes for graduates and encouraging students to study degrees in areas where Australia has a skills shortages. The changes accommodate for decreases in fees for units involving teaching, nursing, agriculture, maths, English and languages, environmental science, health, architecture, IT and engineering. On the other hand students pursuing humanities degrees could face a 113 per cent increase while law and commerce degrees could cost up to 28 per cent more. A two year freeze on funding increases has also been lifted which will see university funding per student increase annually according to the consumer price index. On Tuesday, Centre Alliance’s education spokesperson Senator

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Its Power of Resolving Crisis is What Makes Gandhism Relevant in Today’s Times



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Its Power of Resolving Crisis is What Makes Gandhism Relevant in Today’s Times

The essence of ‘Gandhi-ism’ is peace and nonviolence, extending but not limiting itself to goodness, creative thinking, and efficient admin. Certain quarters may subscribe to the idea that ‘Gandhism’ is not practicable in today’s world. In reality, the virtues preached and practiced by Mahatma Gandhi espouse the very eternal whose relevance transcend the barriers of time and geography.

This omnipresence in both temporal and spatial dimensions can be substantiated by the fact that it can serve as an ideal for movements in lands where human right were and are routinely abused. He rules in the inner consciousness of all conscientious people though most of us are either oblivious of this existence or simply choose to ignore. Gandhi as a personality is immense but far more gigantic is the philosophy that bears his name.

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Khaleej Times UniExpo: AI, VR in focus as UAE students explore higher education – News

KT UniExpo will continue to cater to students until Saturday.

As classrooms around the globe go digital because of the pandemic, higher education remains a top priority for UAE students, and the demand is at an all-time high, according to education experts at Khaleej Times UniExpo.

They also spoke about various troubleshooting methods to follow while applying to students’ dream universities. Dr Ajay Shukla, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Higher Education – UAE, spoke on the importance of providing direct, indirect and distance counselling, keeping in mind the current situations.

Arsalan Yunus, director of Enroll, said: “The pandemic situation has struck the higher education industry hard. However, colleges are beginning to see promising numbers as universities in the UK, US and Canada are making special incentives for students to continue their education.”

He added that recent studies predicted at least eight million students pursuing their education by

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Coronavirus pandemic in Germany: How education can succeed in times of crises

The coronavirus pandemic and all measures taken to curb the spreading of the infection have led to a situation where many childcare facilities and schools were temporarily unable to fulfill their educational mandate. Others were only able to comply with this mandate to a very limited extent. A reliable technological and organizational infrastructure, which could compensate for a complete shutdown of educational institutions, is not yet available in Germany. Children and young people, their families and educational professionals are therefore particularly affected by the current crisis. In the ad-hoc statement “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Towards a Crisis-Resistant Education System”, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina indicates suitable measures, outlining how the existing education system can become more resilient and react more flexibly under crisis conditions. The document is a translation of the original statement published in German that was addressed to the responsible stakeholders in the national education system, i.e.

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