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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Bombay HC asks NCERT to verify credentials of experts before enlisting help for special education

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The Bombay high court (HC) has asked the ministry of education and the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT) to verify the credentials of the experts listed by the petitioner for finding a way to provide education for specially-abled children in over 900 special schools across the state.

A division bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice GS Kulkarni, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the National Association of Blind (NAB), was informed by advocate Dr Uday Warunkjikar that as per court directions, he had prepared a list of experts who could provide a solution to the problem of education for specially-abled students.

In an earlier hearing, Dr Warunjikar had informed the court that while education for normal students had commenced through virtual classrooms, the same was not viable for specially-abled students, and urged that the state and Centre

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Edmonton Catholic asks families to commit to in-person or online learning for remainder of school year

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In a Monday letter to parents and guardians, chief superintendent Robert Martin said the decision was made to ensure consistency in instruction and learning.

“We understand that this plan is very different than what we had shared in August…we maintain that our schools are safe and in-person learning is going to provide the most complete learning experience for our students,” Martin wrote.

Quarterly changes three more times throughout the school year could have led to students having a different teacher two or three times, which could be disruptive to learning, Cusack said.

“We didn’t feel that was in the best interest,” said Cusack. There are approximately 30,000 students learning in classrooms throughout the division, and an extra 200 teachers have been hired at a cost of approximately $19 million – paid for in part by the federal safe restart funding of $15.6 million.

Edmonton Catholic also said

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PM Modi Asks BJP Workers to Educate Farmers on ‘Intricacies of New Farm Reforms’ & ‘Save Them From Rumours’

Narendra Modi wearing a suit and tie: PM Narendra Modi (file photo)

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PM Narendra Modi (file photo)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interaction with BJP workers on Friday, said that all the karyakartas should reach out to farmers and educate them on the importance of the farm bills passed by Parliament recently. He asserted that “propaganda” must be busted, targeting the opposition for “spreading rumors” on agriculture-related bills. “All BJP karyakartas should reach out to the farmers on the ground and inform them in very simplified language about the importance and intricacies of the new farm reforms… how these will empower them. Our ground connect will bust the propaganda being spread in the virtual world,” news channel NDTV quoted PM Modi as saying in a virtual address to BJP workers. “They are spreading rumours. Saving farmers from such rumours and explaining the importance of the agriculture reforms is the responsibility and duty
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UGC asks institutions to share roadmap for full-fledged online education

The university grants commission (UGC) has kicked-off the exercise to open up higher education sector for full-fledged e-learning degrees, to bridge the physical-digital divide in tertiary education.

The regulator has asked institutions and universities to share a roadmap and roll out online degree courses from Jan 2021.

According to UGC, “higher educational institutions having an accreditation score of 3.26 (in a scale of 4) and above or having a rank in top 100 best university category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) shall be permitted to start full-fledged online programmes without prior approval.”

Mint has seen a copy of the notification. It says a university must be in the top 100 NIRF list at least twice in three preceding cycles at the time of application.

Earlier in May, government had said that top 100 universities will soon be allowed to offer online degrees.

India’s higher education sector

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Christmas Abbott Admits Her Ignorance To Da’Vonne Rogers, Asks Her To Educate Her About BLM

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Christmas Abbott has been at odds on Big Brother 22 with fellow houseguest Da’Vonne Rogers. In addition to an argument between the two earlier this season, Abbott has also made controversial comments while talking about Rogers, and she has been mad at Rogers this week for putting her on slop. However, with Rogers on the block, Abbott recently reached out to her and admitted her ignorance. She also asked her to educate her about Black Lives Matter.

Christmas Abbott from 'Big Brother'
Christmas Abbott from ‘Big Brother’. | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Christmas Abbott has been at odds with Da’Vonne Rogers on ‘Big Brother 22’

Earlier this season, Abbott won the fifth Head of Household competition. She then put Rogers up on the block next to Bayleigh Dayton, as the two had been a tight pair all season. Abbott then later won the Power of

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Christmas Abbott Asks Da’Vonne Rogers To ‘Educate’ Her About BLM; Fans Don’t Buy It

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for Big Brother 22.]

When Christmas Abbott nominated Bayleigh Dayton and Da’Vonne Rogers for eviction, she asked if they would get upset and “cut” or “shoot” her. Additionally, she has repeatedly claimed that the ladies “charged” her during their verbal argument in Big Brother 22 Week 5, although it never happened. Therefore, when Christmas asked Da’Vonne to “educate” her about Black Lives Matter only a day before the fan-favorite’s likely eviction, viewers aren’t buying it and believe she might have ulterior motives.

Houseguest Christmas Abbott to compete on this season of Big Brother
Houseguest Christmas Abbott to compete on this season of Big Brother | Sonja Flemming

Christmas Abbott and Da’Vonne Rogers got into an argument on ‘Big Brother 22’

During Week 5, Christmas Abbott barely beat out Da’Vonne Rogers to snag the title of Head of Household. After Dani Briones (formerly Donato) and Tyler Crispen previously planted the seeds that she should nominate Bayleigh Dayton

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Health department asks for local input for Community Health Plan | Coronavirus in Kentucky

Community members can set the agenda on Madison County’s health for the future.

Every five years, the Madison County Health Department asks local community members to provide their thoughts and opinions about the level of health experienced in our community. The goal is to establish a five-year strategic Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address top concerns regarding health issues.

The plan happens in three phases: gathering information, analyzing that information, and setting priorities for specific measurable actions, according to a release sent out by the department.

Phase one has been accomplished. People in Madison County participated in a survey in Fall 2019. A partnership between the health department and the EKU Department of Health Promotion and Administration combined the efforts of faculty, staff, and students to provide a scientific survey tool.

The results of the survey and other local data are accessible online at After viewing the presentation,

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