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The “Mixed Up” have their say

The “Mixed Up” have their say

Canberra-based Forum Australia held a dinner and discussion on Wednesday 29 July to gather thoughts of speakers who have grown up or dealt with families and communities with mixed cultural baggage. Billed as Mixed Up! Intergenerational Views on Living Across Cultures, the aim of the evening was to understand the perspectives of those who across generations have had to struggle with competing cultural and religious values and practices. The dinner was held at Taj Agra in Dickson. Speakers at the dinner were: Kanti Jinna, an advisor to the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum; Samreen Syed, a Law Student at the...

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Boiling point forum puts spotlight on personal stress

Forum Australia held another one of its renowned Canberra dinner and discussions on 6 May at Taj Agra, Dickson to a packed room to discuss ways of managing personal stress.   Titled “De-stressing the Boiling Point”, the forum was to bring together the Canberra community to hear from specialists in their fields. Speakers at the forum included John Powers, a professor in the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University. Professor Powers focused on his own personal experience of handling stress through the teachings of Buddhism. Mary Pekin, CEO of Relationships Australia stressed the importance of relationships between family and friends as the means by which stress can be managed. John Martin, a psychologist from western Sydney, pointed out the means by which excessive stress can be identified and then controlled so that it does not even reach the boiling point and if it does, how to bring it back down. John’s attendance at the forum was arranged by ACT Health. Finally, Graham Ramsay of ACT Health listed the avenues and services available to the public to help manage occupational, financial and emotional stress in the ACT. Elliot Dunn, a producer at ABC 666, was the MC of the evening and ensured the analogy of the boiling point (and his own cooking skills) remained relevant. Forum Australia is in its 10th year of operation and...

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NRL Winners and Wannabes after Round 8

After eight rounds of the NRL 2015 season, one thing is clear: expect a close competition with tight scores and upsets. With that in mind let’s have a look at the top 4 teams on the ladder at the moment and see whether they have what it takes to stay at the top at the end of the regular season. Already we have seen teams who started well now floundering and those who were seemingly out of the competition early now soaring high. Over the last weekend we saw the bottom of the table Sea Eagles topple the Melbourne Storm from first spot. Whilst the Storm have always been the team to beat, their ticker doesn’t seem to handle the close games and they will need to rediscover their ruthless energy to put teams away. A clash between one of the best attacking teams, the Roosters, and the Dragons, with the best defensive record so far, went down to the wire with only two points between the teams at the end. Whilst the Dragons came away with a win, the score did not reflect their dominance on the paddock and they will have to do more to convert opportunities and possession into points. Despite having 54% possession, 80% completion rate and about 150m extra metres run, the game finished with two tries a piece, the difference being a penalty...

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Islamic School goes from strength to strength

The Islamic School of Canberra, based in Weston, ACT, seems to have finally turned the corner after struggling to establish itself in the ACT Muslim community. Initially established in Watson in north Canberra, the school, owned by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), moved to a former CIT site in Weston in 2010. Whilst the new premises gave the school much needed room and a vision for expansion, there was still some challenges in attracting and retaining students and teachers. In 2014 however with the engagement of Susan Christiansen as principal and active involvement of School Board member...

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Muslim nations shine but fall short in Asian Cup Football

Muslim nations in the Asian region played with determination and vigour in the AFC Asian Cup hosted by Australia recently. However despite the potential, only four managed to progress to the knockout rounds and none made it into the final. Iran and UAE dominated Bahrain and Qatar in Group C, whilst Iraq played well to progress from Group D leaving Jordan and Palestine behind. Uzbekistan also progressed from Group B with Saudi Arabia left behind. Oman and Kuwait suffered heavily in Group A where they were up against Australia and Korea Republic (South Korea), the eventual finalists. That said Oman’s defensive performance against the formidable Korea Republic attack in the Canberra match was extraordinary, losing only by one goal. However, Australia made them pay heavily with a 4-0 score line. Of the Muslim nations UAE was the most successful followed by Iraq. UAE lost to Australia 2-0 in the semi-final before defeating Iraq for third place. Iran, which was considered a favourite by some for the tournament, lost to Iraq in one of most entertaining and exciting matches played out to a full and vibrant Canberra Stadium. The two teams were tied 1-1 at full time and then 3-3 after extra time. The penalty shootout was ultimately won by Iraq. The sometimes very emotional crowd were enthralled and entertained throughout the match. Iraq was then defeated 2-0 by Korea...

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