IS THE END OF THE WORLD NEAR?

3 12 2012

There have been many predictions of the end of the world (1988, 1992, 2000) and clearly, none of these dates have proven to be correct. However, 2012 is believed to be a definite end to our Earth. Wise men, fortune tellers, scientists etc. have preached this news due to the Mayan calendar finishing one of its great cycles on the 21st December, 2012 at the exact time of 11:11. On this date, it is alarming news that everything will be completely wiped out including the existence of the human race.

The end of the world will come in a series of cataclysmic events throughout the world. Unstoppable natural disasters such as Floods, tsunamis, bushfires, cyclones, unbelievably strong winds and unknown others will wipe out our Earth on the dreaded date arising quickly in December this year.

Unlike the other predicted dates, there are more precise answers as to why the end of the world will occur on the 21st December 2012. This date marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun time period in the Mesoamerican Long count calendar which was used and associated with the Maya civilisation becoming known as the Mayan Calendar. This written and inscribed material of the long count calendar has survived from before the European conquest. This long count calendar was linear rather than cyclical and was kept roughly in units of 20 days made a unial, 18 unials (360 days) made a tun, 20 tuns made a k’atun and 20 k’atuns (144,000 days) made up a b’ak’tun. Therefore, bringing the end of the world to 21st December 2012.

This phenomenon has spread throughout the world, through the media, campaigns, public talk etc. More than 50,000 questions since 2007 have been posted on different websites asking about this date of the end of the world, they wonder whether they should kill themselves and children before this date comes to kill them. This spreading news has so far caused one suicide due to the fear of the world ending in the 2012 apocalypse.

However, amongst all the believers that are certain the world will end this year, there are millions of people that are not persuaded by the idea. These people plan to continue their everyday lives and not prepare at all for the date. On the other hand, the people that are ready for it are going out and making reckless decisions, spending all their money and some even achieving their bucket lists!! This group of people are constructing bunkers underground, in hope that they’ll survive.

No-one knows for sure if anything can save us, no-one knows for sure if this date will be another false prediction, but we can only prepare and wait for this date; 21st December 2012.

News Report By Jaz & Chloe





Are teenagers too caught up in their celebrity obsessions?

2 12 2012

Teenage obsessions over celebrities have been a normal part of growing up, particularly with girls. But are these little teenage obsessions of our generation becoming something that everyone is getting too caught up in?

Recently, we had Justin Bieber come to Sydney for a three-night stay from July 15th to July 18th. He was a special guest on the most popular morning news show, Sunrise. That morning, fans from all over the country lined up for 20 hours straight, and numerous of fans had to be helped away by security. It even included of some fans being admitted into hospital. It was such mayhem that they had 35 security guards, 30 police and 8 first aid officers. 60,000 people applied for a ticket to see Justin Bieber perform three songs. Child psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack said “Remember when Justin Bieber was on Sunrise? It was really dangerous, kids got trampled in the crowd”.

Teenage obsessions over celebrities are becoming very unhealthily. Crying, fainting and staying up at all hours trying to spot their celebrity obsessions is becoming very popular reactions to hearing about their celebrity obsession. Some teens will sit on their computer all weekend checking up on their Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, to see if their celebrity obsession has tweeted back or accepted their friend request. It is getting out of hand.

Many teens’ lives are becoming based on celebrity happenings. Are they too bored in their own life that they become obsessed with celebrities? Or is it a conversation starter because every teen has their celebrity obsession, as it is a passing fad? News on celebrities is everywhere, we see them on the television, newspapers, magazines, and every form of media includes them, triggering many to idolize them.

Justin Glennon, a senior in High School said, “People shouldn’t focus on following someone’s every move, it should be about living your own life”. Whatever the trigger is for teenagers to become so obsessed with their celebrity obsessions and crushes, they need to be less recognized so that teenagers start to get more involved in their reality instead of getting too caught up in the gossip of their celebrity obsessions lives.





A Teachers Salary Related to Student Performance?

26 11 2012

We have all been taught before at school and outside the classroom. The
people that do this are known as teachers. Paid workers to help educate us.
Some can say that one’s academic achievement is at the fault of the teacher
and not the student, but others believe differently. This discussion has now
turned into something much larger and now schools are considering cutting or
increasing pay based on the achievement and results of their students.
A study by Michael J. Podgursky, professor of economics at Mizzou’s College
of Arts and Science, and Matthew G. Springer, research assistant professor
of public policy and education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, found that the
majority of student’s results improved when teachers were given financial incentives.
In the past few years a teacher has always been paid according to their years of experience and education level, but now on top of that they could have deductions or larger pay on top of what they are earning because of the level of success in their class. It may seem like this is irrelevant to us but it is really not! For public school teachers they are paid a salary out of the government’s budget every year, which is mainly made up of our taxes. So if the students go well and the teachers get more pay then guess who will have to pay for that?
That’s right, us.
“We want to reward great teaching so the individuals who are doing it
experience the benefits of those rewards so we can model what great
teaching is to the rest of the teaching workforce,” Ms. Gillard said.

The population of working Australians is 48%, all having different jobs and
qualifications. Every person should be doing his or her job properly, and not
needing ‘extra’ payment to ensure that they do it right! $1.25 billion dollars
is proposed to be spent in bonuses for teachers to try and improve the
Australian school standard and the large gap between wealthy and poorer students.

There had been mixed results in many other overseas countries like India,
Israel and Kenya. Many people say that there should be more testing done
before this policy is even considered to be released into our schools.

By Kaitlin





Planking is now a global phenomenon….

20 06 2011

The
Planking Phenomenon

 

Planking – the act of
lying face down on the ground while someone snaps a photo of you.

It’s the activity that has taken the world by storm. People are now lying down in the most ridiculous of places: train lines, 3rd story balconies. You name it, someone had planked on it. The truth is that planking is debatably one of the most useless and ridiculous things since the invention of the electric cheese grater. But you have to take your hat off to the guy who started it. Less than two weeks after the absurd action started, it is now all over Google images, the news and Facebook. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon are now world famous.

Most people think that is a stupid thing to do. Imagine the repercussions if you fell off a balcony and onto a small child below. Or if you were planking on a train line and you derailed the train. Many people could be injured and even killed, not to mention the damage to infrastructure.

After the tragic death of Acton Beale in Queensland a few days ago, Barry O’Farrell believes that planking is a dangerous exercise. “It is clear from episodes in recent days that planking can be dangerous,” Captain Obvious told reporters.

But some would argue that the death was not because the person was a daft being, but because he was drunk. So therefore, the death of Acton Beale could be blamed on the
over-consumption of alcohol, much like drink driving.

Sue Wood from PlankSafe Australia said, ‘When planking, it is important to consider the safety of yourself and the other surrounding you. We encourage planking in exotic and
unusual places, but please, plank safe!”

Whichever way you think of it, planking is a pointless and foolish pastime. Hopefully people will come to their senses and stop the nonsense before someone else loses a life planking on a lit gas barbeque.

Joshua

Planking is now a global phenomenon….

The
Planking Phenomenon

 

Planking – the act of
lying face down on the ground while someone snaps a photo of you.

It’s the activity that has taken the world by storm. People
are now lying down in the most ridiculous of places: train lines, 3rd story
balconies. You name it, someone had planked on it.

The truth is that planking is debatably one of the most
useless and ridiculous things since the invention of the electric cheese
grater. But you have to take your hat off to the guy who started it. Less than
two weeks after the absurd action started, it is now all over Google images,
the news and Facebook. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon are now world
famous.

Most people think that is a stupid thing to do. Imagine the
repercussions if you fell off a balcony and onto a small child below. Or if you
were planking on a train line and you derailed the train. Many people could be
injured and even killed, not to mention the damage to infrastructure.

After the tragic death of Acton Beale in Queensland a few
days ago, Barry O’Farrell believes that planking is a dangerous exercise. “It is clear from episodes in recent days that
planking can be dangerous,” Captain Obvious told reporters.

But some would argue that
the death was not because the person was a daft being, but because he was
drunk. So therefore, the death of Acton Beale could be blamed on the
over-consumption of alcohol, much like drink driving.

Sue Wood from PlankSafe
Australia said, ‘When planking, it is important to consider the safety of
yourself and the other surrounding you. We encourage planking in exotic and
unusual places, but please, plank safe!”

Whichever way you think of
it, planking is a pointless and foolish pastime. Hopefully people will come to
their senses and stop the nonsense before someone else loses a life planking on
a lit gas barbeque.

Joshua





Is Sydney as safe as it used to be?

3 06 2011

Is Sydney as safe as it used to be?

Catching a train from Kings Cross at 12:00am after a late night shift, walking home after a quiet dinner with friends at Darling Harbour or simply going for a late night walk around the streets because you can’t sleep – these all used to be completely safe and routine activities for many people living in inner- city Sydney.

Now, many people are scared to catch the train home from work at 9:00pm because of recent reports in the media of violence, particularly in train stations and the areas surrounding them.

In 2011 the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reported that particular streets and areas in Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Newtown, Glebe and the Sydney CBD were hotspots for city violence. The report found that 56.8 per cent of assaults in the city centre were within 50m of a liquor outlet. The BOSCAR report also identified the period between midnight on Saturday to 6am on Sunday as a time when crime peaked, particularly in those areas. It is common knowledge that many people, particularly young adults, enjoy going out for a ‘big night’ with their friends because they usually don’t have to work on Sunday. This would explain the rise in violence on Saturday nights or the early hours of Sunday morning.

The report also showed that personal offences such as assault peak in December and January. This could be because many people are on annual leave at this time so decide to go into the city with a group of friends for the night, or the rise in the number of parties taking place during  Christmas and the summer months.

So what is this doing to the young people of Sydney? Will they even be able to leave the safety of their houses after dark? Will they live in fear?

Stephanie





Planking – the new internet craze sweeping the globe

3 06 2011

Is it a surprise that the new craze of “planking” is known as “playing dead” in Europe and Japan?

Planking is the unusual art of lying face down (usually in a jeopardising position) and capturing the moment on camera. It was the product of Richard Litonjua’s  creativity. Richard Litonjua, a Brisbane electrician, posted an inspirational Facebook group, dedicated to planking on the 11th of May 2011.

Many Australians are now taking on the craze, sometimes funny, sometimes stupid and sometimes plain crazy. With locations varying from the kitchen table to lying on a balcony , the phenomenon is certainly becoming out of hand.  It has become so popular that people have got into trouble for doing it at work. 

After a man plunged to his death from a Brisbane unit balcony, police and other government officials fear for the safety of the tens of thousands of participants around the world.

“There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life. Everybody likes a bit of fun, but focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first, ” Ms Guillard addressed reporters in Sydney. With the prime minister of our country addressing the situation, it is clear that planking has truly caught the attention of our nation.

Is suggesting a “safer” or more “precautionary” option really the answer? Or will someone always have to take it too far?

 Millie





Public transport sucks

13 05 2011

As
a student, I know firsthand how bad the public transport system in Sydney is.
Starting my day at 6am and usually getting home at 5pm, I am exposed to the
horrible timing and poor level of organisation of buses that the New South
Wales government is providing commuters. Trains, buses, trams, ferries, any
kind of public transport in Sydney, are all late and poorly run. Why can’t we
be like some other places around the world? I mean, in Japan a train is
considered late if it is 6 seconds behind schedule! Why can’t we have a public
transport system like that? We elect Governments that promise to correct these
things, but these are just words. All that ever happens is that a pointless
bypass or tunnel is built way over the state budget and is never used. Get your
act together, Barry.

Nathan