Author: ziahmad

Software glitch blamed for Ethiopian airline disaster

The crash of Ethiopian airline plane Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Sunday 10 March in which 157 people died has been blamed on a software taking control of the plane that the pilots could not override. All planes of this model have now been grounded. The software is known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), that overrides some specified pilot control inputs unless it is switched off. This can interfere with pilots’ longtime training that pulling back on the control yoke raises a plane’s nose, putting the plane into a climb. As a pilot tries to manoeuvre an airplane,...

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MBS buys warm welcome in the East: Supports China’s mass persecution of Muslims

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman known as MBS, having been shunned from the West due to the Khashoggi affair, made a move towards the East in the second half of February visiting Pakistan, India and China with his large entourage. In order to restore his international reputation, he signed off tens of billions of dollars in the three countries he visited, receiving a hero’s welcome without challenging the socio-political status quo in the region. In China, MBS who is considered to be the custodian of the two holy places in Makkah and Madinah did not...

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School Governance Board workshop at WGS

The Western Grammar School organised a half day Board Members Governance training on Saturday 23 February at its school premised attended by four of its five Board members. The training was provided by Mr Chris Duncan, Division Head: Governance from The Association of Independent Schools of NSW Ltd (AIS). Mr Duncan has long experience as an educationist, where he has been principal of a number of schools, including Jewish, Islamic and other independent schools. Just like a public officer in a non-profit organisation, The Board of Governors is ultimately responsible for the ultimate management of the school and legally responsible...

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Sydney marks 40 years of Islamic Revolution

The 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution was celebrated on Saturday 16 February at the Civic Theatre in Hurstville highlighting the great progress made in the field of education, health, women’s empowerment, defence, science and technology and self-sufficiency since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The invited guests and supporters at the event hosted by the World Ahlul Bait Assembly, Australia was addressed by academics, diplomats, interfaith and community leaders. The program was started off by the MC Mr Talal Toby with Acknowledgment of the Country followed by recitation of Quran by Mr Mustafa Ashrafi and national...

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Screen time limits for all

There has been much debate about how much screen time is safe for kids. Screen time includes watching TV programs, films or videos, gaming, and using a computer, tablet, phone or any other screen-based device for viewing, chatting or messaging. A recent Canadian study that tracked 2,500 toddlers concluded that “letting  a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability.” The researchers, however, did not provide any guidelines, for children and parents, an appropriate level of screen time and did not recommend a cut-off for children’s screen time overall....

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